I have been in Auckland for the last few days with my camera and have been having a blast. We went over to Tiritiri Matangi Island which is a bird sanctuary. It is an awesome place that I would like to spend more time exploring – perferably when it is not raining! Yep you guessed it, we had rain, It did fine up from time to time but there were showers on and off all day. However even with the rain we managed to get some great photographs. I have so many to process that I will probably be working on them for the next week!

There were many birds that we saw but didn’t manage to photograph and that was a little disappointing but I am more than happy with the ones I did get. The stitchbird was very pretty – I loved the yellow colour on the male bird. The female was less flashy with her colours but she made up for that with puffing up her feathers and dancing about. There were bellbirds everywhere and their song was heard all day long, The tui’s were the bosses of the bush, the bellbirds would sit back and wait for the tuis to go before feeding.

I am very keen to go back to the island in Summer when the weather is better. There is so much I didn’t get to see and so many birds still to be photographed. I will be adding photos from this trip over the next week or so.

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