Pelagic Portraits - Seabirds of Kaikoura, New Zealand

Kaikoura is my happy place, I try to visit at least a few times a year as it is also the best place in New Zealand for pelagic birding. Albatross Encounter run regular trips out to where the seabirds fly. If you time it right (or book ahead so they have the numbers) they will also run extended 4 hour trips to ensure maximum birding time. 

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Good Heavens Great Barrier Island

Earlier this year Great Barrier Island was awarded Dark Sky Sanctuary status. It is one of only three sanctuaries in the world, and a step up from Lake Tekapo's Dark Sky Reserve status. What this means is that Great Barrier has brilliantly dark skies with little light pollution and super bright stars, making it an astronomers, and astro-photographers dream. I was invited to spend a week on GBI to discover everything the island had to offer. It went a little like this. 

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King Shags and King Salmon

I worked 6 and a half days at the shop this week so I was getting incredibly restless. The weather here certainly hasn’t helped and with more rain forecast I wasn’t keen for a kayak even though the sounds were flat. Marlborough Tour Company were running one of their fabulous Salmon and Songbirds trips so I jumped on board for an afternoon out on the water.

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