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A pair of dotterrels

September 19, 2015 - The NZ dotterrel (or tuturiwhatu) is an endangered shore bird. Photography has to be done with care. In this case I was...
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Inside Canterbury Cathedral

June 29, 2015 - I have been quiet of late because of an expedition to England and Austria. Which from New Zealand is a far distance to f...
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Monday again

June 07, 2015 - It wasn't until Sunday that I got time to get away with the camera. The youngest kid is still recovering from his concus...
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I saw some sun this weekend

June 01, 2015 - It hasn't been the most glorious of Queens Birthday weekends in NZ. The promised wet weather hit. And I had a few deadli...
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April Foolishness: Pic 1

March 31, 2015 - This month I'm participating in a photographic challenge. The goal is to use just one prime lens. I've picked the Minolt...
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A busy day in the Forbidden City

March 24, 2015 - (Click for larger version) After arriving in Beijing on Monday, I decided to be a tourist for a bit. The weather, well,...
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Blue

March 24, 2015 - This is a 5 minute (300 second) exposure of the Hauraki Gulf. The sun had already set so light conditions were already d...
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Sitting on a rock

March 16, 2015 - Monday evening. I'm sitting on a rock and watching the swell advance towards me. I'm trying to time the shots manually n...
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Omeru Reserve

February 10, 2015 - I've been taking an interest in the waterfalls around the Auckland area. One of the reasons is obvious. They're a lot ea...
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By the waterhole

January 06, 2015 - The site at Ol Pejeta was by a waterhole. A ditch and fence blocked (in theory) access between us and the animals. The a...
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On the Savannah

December 28, 2014 - The workshop on ivory economics at Ol Pejeta lasted for two days. While I plan to discuss it in more detail later, it wa...
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Water everywhere

November 07, 2014 - Once exams finished I headed off the Napier to visit my parents (and other family there). Sadly my parents are not as we...
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At the beach

November 01, 2014 - On Friday I decided to take a side excursion to Waiake Beach on the way to work. The weather wasn't picture perfect, but...
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On the Otago Peninsula

October 25, 2014 - I visited Dunedin on Friday and Saturday this week. Friday was the very academic part of the trip. I presented a seminar...
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Six Red Tulips

September 13, 2014 - It was yet another wet weekend in Auckland. This is not inimical to the type of photography I like to do. Which usually...
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Looking for spiders

August 02, 2014 - Winter isn't the optimal time to be looking for creepy-crawlies in New Zealand. Even though expectations were low, I sti...
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Photography with Kodak Ektar

July 10, 2014 - It is becoming a challenge to keep up the film photography, so last month aI made a concerted effort to get through one...
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A winter visit to Waterfall Gully

June 28, 2014 - Youngest child had a 'thing' on the Whangaparoa Peninsular on Saturday morning. So we ventured north at a pre-dawn hour...
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Monday night spiders

May 19, 2014 - Well, I seem to have got off on a classic Minolta lens binge at the moment. Minolta made the first popular auto-focus ca...
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Going feral for the day

May 08, 2014 - At the moment I am trying to write three papers at once on the research I've been doing on elephant ivory. It's a bit am...
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ANZAC Day 2014 at Browns Bay

April 24, 2014 - Today was the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in World War One, and for Australia and New Zealand, an event th...
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Tiger time in the Sping Thaw

April 23, 2014 - Well as part of the last expedition to China we got up north. Very north. There was still snow on the ground even though...
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Urban Grit

April 15, 2014 - I think one of the challenges to travel photography is finding ways to capture the feel of a place. The reason this beco...
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Good weather not required- a visit to Te Puia

February 06, 2014 - As most of us know, this summer hasn't quite been up to the relentless hot weather and clear summer days of the past. We...
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Time on the beach

January 21, 2014 - One of the consequences of our fondness for beaches is pressure on native birds that live there. Whilst sea gulls may se...
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Small hitchhikers

December 02, 2013 - This time of year you might notice some flies repeatedly shaking their legs. A closer look will show a tiny, pale brown...
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In the ruins

November 24, 2013 - It's sometimes easy to imagine NZ only offers opportunities to take stunning pictures of nature. We don't have the histo...
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An NZ maelstrom

November 13, 2013 - The Huka Falls is in a narrow ravine that connects Lake Taupo with the Waikato River. At this point you get to see what...
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Sated- Female Sparrow

November 04, 2013 - It seems odd that with sparrows Passer domesticus being a common (and introduced) bird here in NZ, I've taken so few pic...
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Feeding Time: NZ tauhou or silvereyes

October 02, 2013 - The tauhou or silvereye (or waxeye, depending on what common name you were acquainted with) is a recent immigrant to NZ.
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NZ Forest Stream

September 27, 2013 - All this wet weather and storms is hindering my 'down time' in local forests. That means I've had a bit more time to upd...
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The largest pigeon in the world

September 24, 2013 - The NZ kereru is a (threatened) but extant pigeon. It is the only native pigeon species in NZ and is also the largest. T...
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Breaking the Rules

September 21, 2013 - Photography composition often used a number of rules or guidelines to improve a composition. These include the placement...
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Feathered Rainbow- a lorikeet picture

September 20, 2013 - While I appreciate I've been quiet for a bit, I have also been busy. So I'm returning with this photo of a Rainbow Lorik...
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A high-key pic

September 06, 2013 - This shot is from the Okura track and the eventual beach you arrive at. The weather was dull and poor, which meant few o...
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The Xishuangbanna Edition: Black and whites

August 09, 2013 - The moments for photography were fleeting, but I tried to keep an eye out for scenes that might suit a black-and-white p...
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More pics from Monday

July 10, 2013 - And we have three more photos from the hike along the Mokora Stream near Muriwai. As with all of these pics, an essentia...
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Going feral again

July 07, 2013 - Well students are turning up next week for the new semester. This motivated an escape back up to the Mokoroa Stream near...
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What do you find in herb gardens?

June 21, 2013 - Well, it's not always herbs:) This is our blue-tongue skink getting some outdoor sun and exercise this summer. The other...
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The long long exposure

June 11, 2013 - Despite camera manufacturers finding ways to keep increasing the ISO ratings of their cameras higher and higher, some of...
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Bird photo for Friday

May 09, 2013 - It really feels like winter has arrived in New Zealand. The recent torrential rain and dips in temperature have signaled...
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Tuesday #Travel - The beat goes on

October 22, 2012 - This shot was from Jilin in Northern China. Jilin is one of the tiger-smuggling hot spots within China, which is really...
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The Birds of Spring

October 07, 2012 - It's been a tough few weeks for photography as work pressure and turbulent weather has got in the way of employing the c...
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Tuesday #Travel: Auckland City

September 17, 2012 - This is a panoramic shot of Auckland city taken from the Waitakere Ranges. The clear air reveals a number of landmarks,...
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Monday #Macro: Under the Cover of the Night

September 16, 2012 - One of the reasons to attempt photography at night time is you get the chance to see behaviours that don't occur during...
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Wednesday #Wildlife: Birdlife

September 11, 2012 - A local visitor, foraging for nectar. This is the Tauhou or silvereye. They kind of appeal to me with their bright white...
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Monday #Macro: down low

September 09, 2012 - This is (surprise surprise) another fungus shot, aided with the assistance of my Macro Twin Flash. The diffused side lig...
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Scenic photos from Mokoroa #Stream

September 07, 2012 - This is definitely one of the most picturesque nature reserves I've visited in the West Auckland area. It's sometimes ha...
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Take me to the river: Mokoroa #Waterfall

September 05, 2012 - The Mokoroa Stream includes a waterfall. In fact, it consists of twin falls as two streams feed into it. This fall is...
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Relax- Mokoroa #Stream

September 04, 2012 - While the earlier post showed some more dynamic sections of the Mokoroa Stream, there are also much more placid sections...
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Wednesday #Wildlife - Southern Bell Frog

September 04, 2012 - New Zealand has three frog species introduced from Australia in the 1800s. This along with a four native and very archai...
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Tuesday #Travel: Sunset

September 03, 2012 - A shot from the West Coast of the South Island. The sun is starting to set, giving the sky a red hue. The West Coast is...
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Time for a cool change

September 02, 2012 - Last Wednesday in Auckland had the coincidence of clear skies, cool temperatures and a study-break on campus. I put in f...
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Monday #Macro – Gnaphosid spider

September 02, 2012 - Exploring the bush for spiders (and other creep-crawlies at night) can be a hit and miss affair. Your vision is rather l...
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Wednesday #Wildlife : Don’t Blink

August 29, 2012 - It's a bit of a belated Wednesday blog post as I went feral yesterday and disappeared into some native bush for the day.
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Monday #Macro – Moth

August 26, 2012 - To prove that I don't always take macro photos of spiders, here's a small moth I located last week in an evening session...
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Tuesday #Travel Photo 2

August 20, 2012 - A picture of the marina at Picton (South Island, NZ) (I liked the way the late afternoon light interacted with th...
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Monday Macro – 20 August

August 19, 2012 - Late winter in NZ isn't conducive to a lot of creepy-crawly type photos. The wet weather however, does mean that fungi a...
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Wednesday Wildife – #Tiger

August 14, 2012 - While I spent last night photographing local predators (assorted NZ spiders), I thought people would probably appreciate...
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The Watcher

August 09, 2012 - Sometimes you can be happy with the subject of a picture, but the background kind of competes with it. So one solution i...
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Today's #Kotuku Photo

January 30, 2012 - This bird is a bit of a survivor. Count the legs:)
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Sea-Eagle Panorama

December 19, 2011 - This is three shots from an Australian sea-eagle in flight, stitched together into a panorama. Each frame was taken a...
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An intense moment: Rainbow Lorikeet

December 19, 2011 - Something colourful and festive for this time of the year:) Rainbow Lorikeet (From my Parrots photo album)
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Tonight's Wildlife Photo: Monitor Lizard

December 03, 2011 - The Sungei Buloh reserve to the north of Singapore has a large population of these monitor lizards. I wasn't at the time...
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