Gannets in great numbers sweep up Australia's east coast each year and have been recorded as far north as Queensland.
Both immature and adult birds feed in areas for short periods of time before moving on. The Gannets have large breeding colonies in New Zealand, Victoria and Tasmania, on outer islands from there they cover the waters above the continental shelf.
Immature birds take some five years to reach breeding stage. In our area, you are lucky if you happen to be there when they arrive, they fly in thousands diving straight down into the ocean sometimes close in. I have found them along the breakwater of Nobbys and Stockton.
I have also been fortunate to have been on the Bass Rock in Scotland where thousands breed each year.
They are amazing birds. Till the next time.