Tuesday, 24 January 2017

25th Jan 2017 - Bird Photography

Photographing birds is so challenging. From the tiny grey warbler to the diving harrier, there is always something making it complicated. Add to that the changeable New Zealand conditions, then bird photography is hard. I have been having a problem focusing sharply on the birds on the beach recently and have been quite frustrated. Luckily, an inspirational photographer from Palmerston North, David Lupton spent some time with me and really got me thinking about the camera being an extension of me. He encouraged me to think about my posture, being calm and quiet to ensure I have the best possible chance of nailing that shot. The next possible chance I was on the beach and as it was after a storm, the birds were unusually co-operative. Here are some of my favourite shots.

Bar-tailed Godwit

Black-billed Gull

Little Tern

Red-billed Gull

Sacred Kingfisher


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

January catch up

After a month away from the estuary, it is so nice to be back even if summer in New Zealand is still elusive! The waders have moved from their traditional feeding area along the beach to the area between the sand spit and the lookout on Dawick Street.

From about 3 hours before high tide, the waders move to the current feeding area and this makes Dawick Street lookout a great place to watch and photograph the birds.

Birds seen this week are:
Bar-tailed godwit
Lesser (red) knot
Pacific golden plover
Black-backed gull
Red-billed gull
Black-billed gull
Ruddy turnstone
Double-banded dotterel
Whit-fronted tern
Caspian tern
Variable oystercatcher
South Island pied oystercatcher
Royal Spoonbill
White-faced heron
Pied stilt
Blag shag
Pied shag
Little shag
Welcome swallow

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A little Australian diversion

I have been absent for a while because I have been birding in Australia and Norfolk Island. Check out my trip reports on my website.