kotare or Sacred Kingfisher



I am an Upper Hutt based recreational photographer. My primary focus is on Nature & Bird photography but as you will see from my blog posts, I will give almost anything a go.

This site is the home of my photo blog – which I’ve been posting to since April 2010, and the hub of all my photographic activities.  It has gone through a few design changes over the years and with each change I like to think I am showing a bit more of my creativity.

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Latest Blog Posts:

A Morning with the Kingfishers

This morning at the beach I was alone.  Not another photographer in sight for almost all the time I was there.  One did pass by briefly and waved but he didn’t stop more than a few minutes.  The kingfishers were also enjoying the quiet.  I had five of them above me for most of the […]

Wellington Zoo

A few weeks ago now, we made a visit to Wellington Zoo.  I only just realised that I had not yet written up a blog to share the day’s images.  We didn’t walk around the whole zoo as I was more focused on certain areas and images that I wanted to capture.  It also gave […]

A Day at the Beach

Today was one of those stunning winter days that Wellington is so good at. Next to no wind and a perfect day to photograph kingfishers diving for their dinner. On arrival at the beach I found more photographers than kingfishers!  Someone forgot to send the memo to the birds and we all sat and waited […]

A visit to Staglands

I woke up to a day without wind and only a tiny bit of rain so I headed out to Staglands with a fellow photog for a play with our cameras.  Usually when I get to Staglands I ignore the farm birds – ducks, geese, turkeys etc. Today they were our main focus.  The recent […]

Long Exposure Images

Wellington on a windy day provides plenty of wind-swept waves over the rocks which is perfect for long exposure images.  I have been helping a friend get her head around the process of creating an image with a 30 second exposure in the middle of the day using ND filters.  We headed off to the […]

Back to Zealandia Again

I am still trying to solve my focusing issues in the bush, and now with the help of the Panasonic engineers I am getting some improvement.  Today I managed to get more in focus images than out of focus ones, so that is a big plus from my point of view.  I am now using […]