Photos: Birds on Muriwai Beach, NZ – Gannets, Shags, Oystercatchers

Seeing the birds on Muriwai Beach is an annual event for our family. Australian gannets breed here every year in our New Zealand summer. Last year we viewed the gannets from the cliffs above. This year I shot them from the ground looking up.

Since it’s already Wednesday in New Zealand, I present these birds of Muriwai Beach for Wordless Wednesday.

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Seagull amongst the flock of Australian gannet on Muriwai Beach in New Zealand

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Gannet flying over Muriwai beach, New Zealand

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Pied Oystercatcher on Muriwai Beach

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Shags on Muriwai Beach

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Gannet landing on a cliff on Muriwai Beach

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Birds on the Muriwai Beach cliff, shot taken from the beach.

All photos ©Rhonda Albom 2014. All rights reserved.

I am still getting used to my new Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera. So far, I really like it.

Gannets, Shags or Oystercatchers, which is favorite of the birds on Muriwai Beach? What do you think of my new micro 4/3 camera?

See more of my photos from Muriwai Beach:

Muriwai Beach at King Low Tide, New Zealand
Celebrating with Auckland Lantern Festival Photos, Books and BBQ
About Rhonda Albom

When I met my hubby he was looking for a traveling companion. Together we have moved to New Zealand and visited over 42 countries, most with our now teenage girls. Things rarely go as planned, and generally we have an amusing tale to tell. That's what Laugh Quotes is about - the fun side of our adventures and our expat life.


  1. Nice photos they are quite nice looking birds and that lovely blue sky ahhh! it would be nice just to see one for a change LOL

    Have a tanfastic week or rest of it there Rhonda ;-)

  2. Great photos, I can’t believe how many there are in that last one! Whoa!!

    • The Australian Gannets fly the 2000km and breed in three spots in New Zealand every year. This is one of them. They are here for only a few months of the year, but they are amazing.

  3. I love the second to last one especially!

  4. Hari OM
    Going well with the new one Rhonda!! The second, with the shadow gannet is my absolute fave; the composition is about perfect in that and the dramatic surf is something else!

    Do drop by here tomorrow and link up for Wings on Wednesday…this is a definite WoW candidate!! YAM xx

    • Thanks, what a wonderful compliment. I have been focused on photography this year, taking workshops, reading and mostly just getting out and shooting. “Perfect” is not a word I though I would see for a very long time, even with the “about” in front of it.

  5. Gorgeous, stunning photos.Thanks for sharing on Wordless Wednesday!

  6. Beautiful photos of birds! We have some very confused seagulls hanging around us in the Pittsburgh area. It’s really weird!! lol

  7. A couple of those are just stunning! Could be in National Geographic.

  8. Great pictures of gorgeous birds!

  9. Lovely shots… My favorite is the second to last, it’s awesome!
    Have a great weeek!

  10. Cool captures, especially the second composition!

  11. Stunning pictures…

    I try to take some but the move to quickly for me leaving a picture of the sky :)

  12. Pretty photos. Are the gannets of New Zealand the seagulls of the US? They do look similar!

    • Great question, so I looked it up:
      Gannets are seabirds comprising the genus Morus, in the family Sulidae, closely related to boobies. These are Australian Gannets that breed in New Zealand.

      Gulls or seagulls are seabirds of the family Laridae in the sub-order Lari. They are most closely related to the terns and only distantly related to auks, skimmers, and more distantly to the waders.

  13. Terrific photos. And it looks warm there. It’s below 0 in IL. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Great catch, very beautiful birds!

  15. Beautiful shots particularly those caught in flight :)

    U of T = University of Toronto :) Happy WW and thank you for your comment on my blog :)

  16. That last picture is just amazing! Such a pretty site.

  17. wonderful pict…nice blue sky :)

  18. Wonderful photos and the birds are fascinating!
    Happy WW!

  19. Awesome pics! Happy WW

  20. NYCSingleMom says:

    Love the birds in flight, such interesting shots.

  21. You got some really nice pictures of them, and that water looks delight-ful!

  22. Elyn MacInnes says:

    Beautiful. They are so different than the ones we have here in the northeast. I like your camera!

  23. my fave shot is the second to the last one “gannit landing on a cliff…” beautiful!

  24. Making a pre A to Z Challenge stop to say hello! Nice blog.

    From the Market to the Plate
    Volunteer for the 2014 A to Z Challenge (Stormy Sidekick)

  25. I think you were quite adventure being underneath them, I don’t know if they are like seagulls that are shitting all the time. Or were you looking for a funny picture? ;)

    • LOL – Funniest comment of the day. I hadn’t really thought about that too much, and lucky for me, neither did the birds!

      • After just arriving in India, a bird shit on one of my friends (the one that was most worried about getting dirty). He was so disgusted that went back to the hostel to take a shower! Since them I see birds and think about that day :-)
        By the way after two weeks I changed my plans and let my “friend” alone in Goa :-)

  26. Great pictures. I really like the one landing on the cliff.

  27. They are pretty cool looking birds :)

  28. All of the shots are wonderful. Since I am always drawn to waves: No. 2 is my fav.

  29. These photos are extraordinary, Rhonda! I agree with Alex that they look like they are right out of National Geographic.

  30. such a great place for birding. I´d love to visit.

  31. I love the pink legs on the Osytercatcher. Great photos.

  32. Amazing photos

    From Spain


  33. Your pictures always take me on a mini vacation to places I will probably never get to see. Thanks for sharing! Jessica

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