Lynn Fothergill LPSNZ

Lynn Fothergill LPSNZ

hones her nature photography skills – Orokonui Ecosanctuary

and the Monarch cruise IT HAD BEEN a while since I had had the opportunity to hone my nature shooting skills,

and I was therefore really excited to attend both of the field trips I had selected – Orokonui Ecosanctuary and the trip on the Otago harbour with Monarch Cruises.

Orokonui did not disappoint and, for me, the knowledge of local expert Paul Sorrell made the whole experience more worthwhile.

Rather than bumbling along trying to find where each species was likely to be seen, tagging along with Paul, ลาวสามัคคี

who told us he visits Orokonui weekly, meant we were able to quickly spot and capture a range of birds.

Highlights for me were seeing the takahe, tracking a playful piwakawaka Lynn Fothergill LPSNZ

and my favourite – capturing several good frames of the little South Island robin Paul managed to charm out of the bushes.

A quick review on the back of my camera after seeing that little guy

and I was replete; I knew I would go home from the trip satisfied.

 I had, as asked to prior to the Convention, swapped around my Friday and Saturday field trips, Lynn Fothergill LPSNZ

and was a little concerned that the forecast the night before our Saturday Monarch trip was not looking good; however we could not have had better conditions.

Again expert advice, this time from Craig McKenzie and the crew of the MV Monarch, made the experience so much richer.

 I was blown away by the amount of wildlife we saw without, to my knowledge, any unnatural means of attraction, which had been a concern expressed prior to the Convention.

Out on the ocean, seeing several different albatross species was obviously so special, but we also saw giant petrels, little blue penguins and white-fronted terns to name a few.

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