Trip Reports

Trip Reports (7)

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Kaikoura - Pelagic

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 DSC9248-as-Smart-Object-1Kaikoura 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.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

NZ & Australian Sub-antarctic Islands - Part 3

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Macquarie Island has world heritage listing and is managed by Tasmanian National Parks. At 34km long it is a mere speck in the ocean, yet it is home to abundant wildlife and unique flora. While we were there the rabbit eradication program was at the stage where baiting had been completed and the hunters were trying to track down the final few rabbits.
Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

NZ & Australian Sub-Antarctic Island - Part 2

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 DSC2501-as-Smart-Object-1Campbell Island (11,268ha) is the eroded remnants of a shield volcano and is the southern-most of the NZ Sub-Antarctic Islands.  On Campbell it rains on average 325 days a year, so we were very lucky to have sunshine for extended periods on the two days we were there.  Six albatross species breed here; only Crozet’s Island has more.  Though these species as well as a large number of other sea birds breed on the Island, I only managed decent images of three species of albatross.  To see more you would need to spend longer, or have access to more of the island.
Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

NZ & Australian Sub-Antarctic Island - Part 1

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 DSC1367-as-Smart-Object-1Snares 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.

 
Day1  Depart Bluff, NZ. late afternoon.  As we headed south we were soon in the company of Sooty shearwaters, Diving Petrels and the first of the Albatross, Salvin’s and White-capped.
Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Lord Howe Island - Part 2

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 GJS2702-as-Smart-Object-1Photographing 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.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Lord Howe Island - Part 1

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 GJS4442-as-Smart-Object-1Day 1 Lagoon Road and Malabar Departed Sydney 7.00 am, arrived Lord How Island 8.50 am. Before we had even got off the plane, numerous Pacific Golden Plovers were spotted along the edge of the runway.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

North Queensland 2012

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 GJS5849-as-Smart-Object-1Overall a very successful three weeks in far north Queensland with plenty of fine weather. In total I managed to photograph 28 new species, not bad when you consider that I got about 30 on my last trip up north a couple of years ago. I also managed to catch up with a few friends from the forum and make a few more.