Travel Theme: A Birds Eye view of Cape Kidnappers

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For this week Ailsa has gone for above, showing photos looking down from above your image.

Travel theme: Above

Trawling through my archives I found this photo of a lone seagull above looking over towards Cape Kidnappers where there is a large gannet colony

The headland was named after an attempt by local Māori to abduct the servant of a member of Captain Cook‘s crew aboard HMSEndeavour, during a landfall there on 15 October 1769. The crew member was Tiata, a Tahitian accompanying Cook’s interpreterTupaia. Cook’s journal states that Tiata was in the water near Endeavour when a Māori fishing boat pulled alongside and dragged him aboard. Sailors from Endeavour′s deck immediately opened fire on the fishing boat, killing two Māori and wounding a third.[1]Tiata promptly jumped overboard and swam back to Endeavour, while the remaining Māori paddled their craft back to shore. A 4-pounder cannon was fired after them from Endeavour′s quarterdeck, but the Māori boat was soon out of range.[1] Cook described the cape as having steep white cliffs on either side, with two large rocks resembling hay stacks near the headland.[1]

Important Bird Area

The cape has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because it is a breeding site for over 3000 pairs ofAustralasian Gannets.[2]

Thanks for visiting.



10 thoughts on “Travel Theme: A Birds Eye view of Cape Kidnappers”

  1. Cool photo, Raewyn, and there even seems to be a glow around the seagull. I really liked the bit of history as well. A story I had not heard before. I wonder what the Maori’s intentions were when they tried to ‘rescue’ Tiata

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    1. Thanks for visiting. We will never know what the intentions of the Maori were. They might not have known about other Polynesian cultures and were curious maybe. They certainly didn’t take to kindly to Captain Cook though. 😀


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