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While many of our forest birds are either flightless or poor fliers (I mean, seriously, who else wonders how a kereru manages to stay in the air?), the sea birds can be more adept. One of the most exciting to watch is the takapu (or Australasian gannet). Auckland is fortunate enough to have a colony nearby at Muriwai and some good viewing areas.

Here's an example of the takapu in flight

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This photo is also available at Committed Photography