5 x 7 inches
India ink on Bristol board
So many gannets. So many.
They filled the sky with their chatter, swooping gracefully. They covered every nook and cranny on top of the cliff we’d climbed (with permission) oblivious to the human activity below.
And everywhere, there was guano. White and chalky, making distant sea stacks glisten like snow-peaked mountains.
New Zealand’s Te Kauwae-a-Maui/Cape Kidnappers peninsula has one of the largest accessible gannet colonies in the world — and, consequently, lots of bird, um, effusion.
One had to keep an eye out, as it would be easy to end up under an aerial approach and…splat.
Still, an amazing place.