This native bird again, needs no introduction. It’s the only mainland native pigeon species we have in NZ (the Chatham Islands has a related species). One of the important roles it plays in native forests is seed dispersal. Which does make the gradual decline of many populations of kereru a concern.
The basic challenge to photographing this bird in the wild is that it likes being up in the tree canopies. This means it’s very easy to get photographs of the birds backside, but being on the same level is correspondingly harder. It also means you’re typically shooting in low light conditions. That means a slow shutter speed with a big telephoto.
So these shot has been a while in the making. The kereru is feeding on a cabbage tree and I’ve got a vantage point that is both at the same level, and close to the bird. No need to do any aggressive cropping of the shot.
Hope everybody enjoys the end of their week. I’m going to be on a high-volume espresso diet I think, to make it to the end of the day…
Tags: bird photo, Friday Photo, kereru
And something from further afield today. This lizard was found in the Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve in Yunnan. Obviously its coming to the end of a moult. This area is one of the most diverse for wildlife in China. Try to find the spots the Chinese local tourists don’t frequent.
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Well I kind of hope most of you had a more relaxed time off over Xmas/New Years than I managed. Photographic opportunities have been few, but I’ve been having some good expeditions up around Okura.
There’s a small population of the endangered NZ dotterel or tūturiwhatu there. Like many wary shorebirds, it is a challenge to get close enough to take photos without first, disturbing the birds and second, not having to crop the picture. Finding a place to conceal yourself that is also close to the birds is tricky.
I’ve also given my photo website a makeover, and the latest blog entry has more on these birds.
Tags: bird photo, dotterel, Friday Photo
And for something different, a shot of the Auckland skyline from Waiheke Island from a previous summer. This was taken with a 300mm lens and the red lighting effect was actually quite localised. That motivated the use of the telephoto to bring it all within the frame.
It is from my ‘Natural Goodness‘ album.
Hope everyone has a good break. I’m going to be disappearing for a few weeks.Tags: Auckland, Friday Photo
A couple of pics today of the kaka.
Excitement in Auckland increased briefly when some were recently spotted around Torbay
Also, if you want to see some pics of our very unusual pseudoscorpions, I’ve got a blog post on them at my website. I spotted the small arachnid hitching a ride on the leg of a fly. They’re actually common this time of the year.
Tags: bird photo, Friday Photo, Kaka, kaka photo, parrot photo
Let’s throw caution to the wind and post a pic of one of my favourite NZ spiders. This girl is Trite planiceps. She has the common traits of a Salticid (jumping spider). These include the large front legs, large eyes (jumping spiders have the best eyesight in the the Spider-world) and a small abdomen. I’ve got her in a grooming pose.
They are a relatively common spider and pretty harmless. In fact. they’re probably quite a useful visitor to have in the garden as they’re aggressive predators of insects.Tags: Friday Photo, spider
Today’s pic is a bit of an experiment in slowing the shutter down. Often with wildlife, a fast shutter speed is used to freeze action and eliminate any motion blur. This time I wanted to get a bit of that motion blur going to get a sense of action.
“Headbanger” – Sparrow
Other than that, it’s a beautiful day in Auckland, I have fresh coffee…and some chilled IPA waiting for me at home. Hope your plans are turning out just as wellTags: Friday Photo, sparrow
Dismal day in Auckland. Coffee machine in office broken. I think it’s time for some pics instead.
As I think we’re a little short of scenic pics this week, here’s one of a local stream first, and then we’ll double up with our very unique kereru.
I’ve also had a revamp of my photo website. Visitors welcome
Tags: Friday Photo, kereru, Stream
And finally the weather turns pleasant.
This pic however, is taken in very poor weather and is of 3 sheltering godwits. And rather than going for the classic ‘bird’ photo, the style here is high-key.
And now, it feels like a morning that can only be improved with coffee…enjoy
Tags: bird, Friday Photo, godwit
While NZ actually has a dearth of butterfly species, other parts of the world have a much richer fauna. The Xishuangbanna region of Yunnan is one of them. The region here borders Laos and includes an extensive area of tropical forest. Needless to say, I got a few butterfly pics out there.
Hope everyone has a good Friday.Tags: butterfly, Friday Photo, Xishuangbanna
This is a pic fresh from the camera. I’ve been in Yunnan and down to Xishuangbana- an area that contains a large reserve of tropical forests that are close to Laos. There are a number of species (tigers, elephants) that migrate between the two countries.
It’s also one of the transit route for drugs coming out of the golden triangle. So, this elephant picture is actually from a recovery center in Xishuangbanna for elephants (closed off to the public). This elephant is part of a small group that drug-smugglers were using to move drugs across the border.
Tags: elephant, Friday Photo
Today’s pic is of the NZ dotterel, an endangered shore bird found on some beaches around NZ. They’re also pretty timid, so getting close enough to take pictures requires a great deal of patience and care. I appreciate they’re not the most spectacular of our native species, but watching them still appeals. The shells on the beach give some sense of size-perspective
Hope everyone is enjoying their Friday.Tags: bird, dotterel, Friday Photo