Young gannets

A couple of young gannets nearly ready to fly. They look like gannets in size and shape, though they are speckled. Quite strong, they spend a lot of time stretching and flapping their wings in preparation for the big leap. And it’s an all or nothing shot – one try is all they get. FlyContinue reading “Young gannets”

Return to Muriwai

It’s getting close to the end of the gannet’s season in beautiful New Zealand. They spend the summer here, but care not for our cold wet and blustery winters – they head over to Australia and indulge in their tropical winters. But they’ll be back in the spring to mate and lay eggs and nurtureContinue reading “Return to Muriwai”

Miranda Shorebirds…

I’ve developed a real fascination with New Zealand’s birds. I’ve always loved birds (who doesn’t?) but photographing them is difficult without serious equipment. But last year I acquired a Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens and since then, there’s been no stopping me. I’ve been out nearly every weekend trying to capture them. The Miranda Shorebird CentreContinue reading “Miranda Shorebirds…”

The New Zealand Dotterel

  I’ve had a fair bit of luck photographing native birds lately. This is the New Zealand Dotterel, highly endangered with a mere 1700 birds still wading the the shoreline in the wild. They nest in the sand, leaving their eggs and young vulnerable to all the intruders that have taken up residency in thisContinue reading “The New Zealand Dotterel”

Yellow crested cockatoo

I think if someone who knew about such things were to analyse my current state of mind, they would probably suggest that I am yearning for some kind of freedom that eludes me. I can’t recall another time in my life when I was so obsessed with birds. I’m no ornithologist – but I amContinue reading “Yellow crested cockatoo”

Bringing up Baby

Just one more irresistable photo of the Takahes… They are very tender with each other and share food. Here a parent feeds the chick the supplemental food provided for them. Somehow I missed this photo yesterday when I was posting. It’s actually a smallish crop (thank god for the full frame sensor on the 5DContinue reading “Bringing up Baby”

Takahe Chick & Parents

Took a long ferry ride out to Tiritiri Matangi, one of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf. It is a pest-free wildlife sanctuary that has had great success with numerous native birds, most notably the takahe, which was though to be extinct from 1898-1948 when a few mating pairs were discovered in Fiordland on theContinue reading “Takahe Chick & Parents”

Working class cormorants

Despite our distance from Australia, we have quite a lot of sea-birds in common. Some were brought here, some fly high on air currents and jaunt back and forth every year. Some – who knows? They are here and they are there. These two cormorants are virtually identical to the ones we saw in Melbourne,Continue reading “Working class cormorants”