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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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 […]

Kingfishers at last!

It has been quite some time since I have had the time or the energy to get back to visiting the kingfishers.  Pretty much since my last surgery 2 years ago.  This year I have a new camera and a renewed passion for my photography.  Yesterday we arrived a little too late for any diving […]

More from Zealandia

Usually my posts focus on one or two subjects, but our visit to Zealandia was so good yesterday that I have more images to share.  This is a real mixed bag of images.  My intention on this visit was to put my camera through its paces testing out different auto focus settings.  To do this […]

Tuatara and tieke

Sometimes, when we visit Zealandia the tuatara are nowhere to be found. They like to come out to soak up the sunshine when it is out, so today I wasn’t expecting to see many.  The sun was out briefly but for the most part it was overcast while we were there.  Yet to our surprise, […]

The Thirsty Bellbird

Another photographer and I went to Zealandia this morning.  The weather wasn’t the best but it wasn’t raining so that was enough for us.  We stopped at the bottom of the Beech Track in the hope of maybe seeing a rifleman but alas again it was not to be. We did enjoy the antics of […]

Butterflies up close

I am still experimenting with what I can achieve with the Lumix G9, so this week I decided to have a go at macro photography using my 100-400 lens.  I was in Manukau, so the  obvious choice was to go to Butterfly Creek as I knew there would be plenty of subjects to photograph. I […]