Kaikoura is a small coastal town on the north eastern coast of New Zealand's south Island. It is about 160 kms north of Christchurch (2 hours drive). In recent years it has become a hub for ecotourism, with whale, seal, dolphin and bird tours all available. It is not only the marine wildlife that draws the tourists, but the wonderful coastal scenery and the spectacular mountain backdrop.
You don't necessarily need to take a pelagic to get close to the wildlife as there are some great spots close to town that are worth exploring.
Snares and Auckland Islands My wife and I were privileged to recently complete a 13 day cruise of the New Zealand and Australian Sub-Antarctic Islands including the Snares, Auckland, Campbell and Macquarie Islands. We were joined by about 50 other passengers including fellowFeathers and Photosmember Sonja. This is the first of a three part trip report.
Photographing the birds
Learn how to shoot in manual mode, as you will be taking a lot of flight shots where the birds exposure measurement will not change, but the backgrounds will.