Before Christmas I travelled to Muriwai on the west coast, about an hours drive from Auckland. At one point on the coast there is a great view of the tiny Motutara Island. It is more of a large stack than an island. On this rock are hundreds of Gannet birds. Photographing birds on the rock was almost impossible as the lens on my camera doesn’t zoom that far. From the mainland they just looked like a carpet of indistinguishable birds on a rock. Capturing them in flight posed other challenges but in the end I came away with a couple. This one is probably my favourite.