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  Gannet colony - by Jim Zuckerman  
 
In October and November, there is a huge gathering of gannets in Lambert's Bay, South Africa. Thousands of these beautiful birds come here to mate and lay their eggs, and you can get very close to them. The government has built a small two-story observation platform for unparalleled bird photography. You can shoot down on the colony as well as get lots of flight shots.
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Directions Lambert's Bay is about a 3-hour drive north from Capetown on the Atlantic Coast.
Season October/November
Time of day Any time.
Recommended SubjectsGannets mostly, but also and cormorants. You will be able to photograph mating rituals, and depending on the time you travel here, you'll be able to photograph the newborn chicks.
GearI was able to take some great pictures with a wide-angle that included the entire colony of birds, but most of your shooting will be done with a telephoto lens. You don't need a super telephoto - something in the 300mm range will be great.
Other Nearby ResourcesCapetown is a wonderful photographic destination 3 hours away.
Sensitive IssuesYou are not allowed to walk among the birds, but nevertheless you can get very, very close.
Camera StoreNone nearby.
Places To Stay You don't need to stay here. This can be a day trip out of Capetown.
Link #1Lambert's Bay Tourism
 Link #2Capetown Tourism
View Map LocationLambert's Bay, South Africa
 Date Created5/7/2007 7:03:49 AM
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