Photographing New Zealand’s native Kingfisher (Sacred Kingfsher/Kotare)
To a previous Post, rough sketching the Kingfisher: ‘New Zealand’s Kingfisher’.
The NZ Birds Online website perfectly describes the kingfisher as a “….hunched silhouette waiting patiently on a powerline or other elevated perch….” eyeing its prey (mice, lizards, insects, spiders….) which it can spy from 100 meters away.
Information on diet, habitat, breeding & behavior along with Kingfisher sound recordings can be found at NZ Birds Online. NZ’s Department of Conservation website (DOC) is also interesting.
Photographing Marina Reflections
The small stocky top-knotted California quail were introduced to New Zealand as game birds in the 1860s.
This male California quail with his striking face, and notable plume was foraging for seeds and leaves among the shrubs of Whangarei’s Quarry Arts gardens.
NZ Birds Online is a good source of further information.
Photographing New Zealand’s native Tui….
Two good sources of ‘Tui’ information and sound recordings are NZ’s Department of Conservation website (DOC), and NZ Birds Online.
Illustrating New Zealand’s beautiful flowering native Kowhai tree….
This prolific yellow late winter, early spring flower is a favourite of the Tui.
NZ’s Department of Conservation website (DOC) is a good source of information about the Kowhai
Sketching in New Zealand’s Far North…..Omapere Wharf, Hokianga Harbour
Sketching in Rawene, Far North New Zealand…..
A quick rough sketch below, from the Hokianga Ferry, Rawene to The Narrows, just south of Kohukohu.