Native Gannet (Takapu)

Nature Photography at Muriwai Gannet Colony, only about an hour from the busy city of Auckland.

In March the dense breeding colony on the cliffs above Muriwai Beach is still home to the young gannet chicks. The fledglings will fly directly from New Zealand to Australia, staying for about 3 years before returning to their homeland colony.

Gannet Web-Links: Map of NZ’s Gannet Colonies – Follow the links on the ‘teara’ site for great photos and interesting information about New Zealand’s gannet breeding colonies including the colony at Muriwai Beach. The NZ Birds site has a short description of the Otakamiro Point Colony at the southern end of Muriwai Beach. NZ Birds Online details facts about identification, distribution, habitat, breeding, etc.


Historic Kaeo, Far North New Zealand

Sketching in New Zealand’s Far North, in Kaeo before the recent floods. Kaeo has a very long history of floods, and more floods. A photo of historic Kaeo appears in a 1923 NZ Herald found at this NZ Papers Past link.

Manuka, A New Zealand Native

Sketching and photographing New Zealand’s native manuka…

My previous ‘Bees’ Nature Photography Blog-Post: Contains links to New Zealand biochemist Peter Molan’s online resource – the vast amount of knowledge gained from his 30 years of research into the medicinal properties of honey, – specifically Manuka Honey, DOC NZ: Facts about NZ’s native Manuka, NZ Manuka Group: More interesting Manuka details.


New Zealand’s Native Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio)

Sketching New Zealand’s native pukeko…

Pukeko Web-Links: NZ Birds Online: Pukeko sound recordings, plus species information at this link, DOC NZ: Quick facts about NZ’s widespread wetland native pukeko.


Bush Walk, Transparent Leaf

New Zealand bush walk nature sketching…..


Historic Whangaroa, Far North New Zealand

Sketching in New Zealand’s Far North…..


Birds, New Zealand Dotterel (Tuturiwhatu)

Sketching & zoom photography of New Zealand’s endangered Dotterel….

This protected shore bird is found in breeding pairs in coastal refuges along Northland’s Eastern sandy beaches.

More about New Zealand’s dotterel at these sites: NZ BIRDS ONLINE-Dotterel, DOC-NZ DOTTEREL (sound recording at this site), NZ BIRDS, ARKIVE-NZ DOTTEREL