My fellow club member and expert bird photographer, Toya invited me to accompany her and a friend to Zealandia yesterday.
I don’t need a lot of coaxing to go to Zealandia, and the opportunity to see how Toya achieves her amazing results were too much. Almost immediately there were birds around us. A tui was undaunted by our proximity and performed some interesting gymnastics in pursuit of food. The picture is not upside down.
Down by the lake, the pied shags are on the nest. We saw no chicks so perhaps the latest eggs are yet to hatch.
A little way up the path from there, were the Takahe. There are apparently fewer than 300 left in existence. It was something of a disaster then, that a group of deer shooters who were contracted to cull the pukeko population on Auckland’s Motutapu Island managed to shoot four of the takahe by mistake. The colouring is similar, but the comparison is an anorexic fashion model with a sumo wrestler.
In the bush, we were accompanied for a while by this chirpy little North Island Robin. They enjoy the insects stirred up when people pass.
It was an enjoyable experience but I shall probably never develop Toya’s patience.