Endangered Dotterels and Chicks on a New Zealand Beach

New Zealand dotterel

Out of the corner of my eye I see little balls of fluff bouncing and hovering across the beach. These baby dotterels stop to forage for food. Camera in hand, I attempt to focus on one of the endangered chicks although its camouflage makes it challenging. As a result of this lack of contrast, I […]

Birds and Alligators of Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Florida

Anhinga and chicks at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach Florida

Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach Florida is home to interesting bird life, alligators, and colorful flora. As we walked along the boardwalk we saw it all. According to my mother-in-law, a frequent visitor, the day we visited exhibited the most abundant collection of nesting birds she had seen to date. According to the signage, “The […]

Endangered Takahe – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Critically Endangered Takahe on Tiritiri Matangi

E is for endangered. Practical Information:  Now classified as critically endangered, the takahe were once thought of as extinct until they were rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains (Fiordland) on the South Island in 1948. Takahe are flightless birds found only in New Zealand. They display their wings during courtship or as a show of aggression. Takahe are […]

Interesting Animals of the Auckland Zoo

Baby elephant at the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand (Auckland Zoo Photos)

I have mixed feelings about zoos, yet the Auckland Zoo always makes me smile. It is more than a venue to view the animals. It is a centre for conservation activities both domestically and around the world with extensive breeding and rescue programs. We have visited many times in our 12 years living in New Zealand. On a recent visit my Auckland Zoo photos focused […]

Yellow Eyed Penguins in New Zealand: World’s Rarest Penguin

The yellow eyed penguin is considered the world's rarest penguin. Photo in New Zealand

We stood quietly in the trench, a hiding hut for humans. Here we waited, and then watched as yellow eyed penguins headed to their nesting boxes. It’s important that these endangered birds remain undisturbed. Watching quietly from our hut, we were so well hidden the penguins didn’t know we were there. Their nesting boxes seemed […]

Research, National Geographic and Saving Big Cats

National Geographic Wildlife Photographer Steve Winter presenting in Auckland New Zealand

Last night I sat alongside more than 1,000 other people, enchanted by the images and stories of National Geographic wildlife photojournalist Steve Winter. He spoke of his adventures photographing big cats, often being the first to capture images of several species of tigers and snow leopards in the wild. His passion contagious, leaving every person […]

Meet Steve Winter – National Geographic Wildlife Photographer

Tigers in Bandhavgarh Natl Park India ©Steve Winter

Some of us do get to live out our dream. National Geographic Wildlife Photographer Steve Winter is one of those few. Aside from being an incredibly talented and patient photographer, Steve Winter is a nice guy.  Down to earth and friendly, he speaks with a passion and enthusiasm that beams through in the stories he […]

Ending the Challenge at the Auckland Zoo #AtoZ

Feeding the giraffe at the Auckland Zoo

Our journey though Auckland from A to Z, ends with a cliche, an obvious and simplistic Z. I take you to a zoo. Let me assure you, the Auckland Zoo is exciting.  It is loaded with New Zealand creatures, like kiwi birds and tuatara, and includes special exhibit areas dedicated to native wildlife.  However, my best shots […]

Zealandia, New Zealand Wildlife the Way Nature Intended

Tuatara in the bush in New Zealand

Tucked up over the city of Wellington is Zealandia, an eco reserve reminiscent of the days before humans arrived in New Zealand. A predator proof fence surrounds the sanctuary, creating an “island” within New Zealand’s capital city and allowing birds and other native creatures to live wild as nature intended. In contrast to the Wellington […]

Photos: Critically Endangered Takahe and Chick in New Zealand

Critically endagered Takahe and chick on Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand

One of the really great things about New Zealand is the birds.  Being an isolated island with no indigenous mammals (except bats), birds flourished, including flightless birds like kiwi and takahe.  Then came the humans, and with them predators – some as stowaways (rats and stouts), others as farm animals or pets.  While many birds […]

Hike to Monro Beach-Spotting a Fiordland Crested Penguin

Tawaki - Fiordland Crested Penguin

The hike to Monro beach, through New Zealand’s subtropical rainforest region is spectacular on its own. With the added bonus of seeing a Fiordland Crested Penguin, this is now one of our most special days in New Zealand. The Fiordland Crested Penguin is one of the rarest penguins in the world, and one of the few […]

Rare and Endangered Bird Photos: Tiritiri Matangi Island, NZ

Critically endangered Takahe on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Yesterday I tried my hand at bird photos on Tiritiri Matangi Island, where I saw several critically endangered and fascinating birds. The island is a stunning open bird sanctuary and scientific reserve. It is predator free and maintained by the Department of Conservation along with an amazing team of volunteers.  Calling it a Silver Celebration, […]