11-26-2021 11:45 PM - edited 11-27-2021 12:20 AM
Well, after about 3 solid months of being in full lock-down we were given some freedoms recently. Among those were the ability to visit museums and art galleries and to visit the zoo. There were stipulations for the latter though: we have to be annual pass holders and we have to book a specific date and time at which to visit.
I have not had much chance to shoot wildlife recently, so I jumped at the chance to do so. Sadly, when I managed to get a booking a couple of weeks ago, much of the zoo was shut off because of a backlog of renovations (for the zoo's centenary next year) requiring fast-tracking and thus limiting area to visit.
So, I found myself in the New Zealand native flora and fauna walk-through area.
The Kereru is NZ native pidgeon and is a very large and heavy bird. They are the C-130 Herculese of the bird population and are usually found in pairs. Their wings make a major low beating sound as they lumber into the air and they have a habit of using walking paths as their clear flight paths. Several time in the bush I have felt the wind of their passing as they swoop along!
So here are a couple of shots from the locals!
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV • Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S @104mm • 1/125 • f/6.3 • ISO 1250
At this time of year (it's late spring here) the trees are full of fruit and berries and the birds (our dominant fauna) are out in force to gorge them selves. They can hang upside down for long periods in an effort to get to the most succulent berries.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV • Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S @233mm • 1/250 • f/6.3 • ISO 800
Of course, as I write this, we are learning of the new Omicron variant and everyone is wondering what the impact will be for us. The government had just announced an opening of borders around Auckland City to allow us to travel for Christmas if we are fully vaccinated. Kiwis could return to NZ without quarantine from Oz in mid-January, and from other 'safe' countries in mid-February, with overseas tourists from mid-March. All that is now up in the air - rather like our Kereru!
11-28-2021 11:24 AM
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