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  1. New Zealand has some unique bird species of which the iconic kiwi is the best known. The Wrybill, a plover with a side-turned bill, a medley of seabirds including albatross, petrels, shearwaters and penguins together with endemic parrots, wrens, robins and tomtits were all new to me. I was delighted with sightings of Yellow-eyed and Fiordland-crested penguins and the variety and number of albatross seen on 2 pelagic cruises. A few Australian species such as Swamphens and Silvereyes and some introduced European species were also seen. The South Island of New Zealand is a land of dramatic coastlines, roughhewn mountains, green paddocks (mostly dotted with sheep), sandy beaches and foaming waterfalls. Kaikoura Knob's Flat Lake Tekapo Katiki Historic Reserve Mountains near Homer Tunnel, Milford Road The island is remarkably scenic and it is hard to believe that around the next corner is a sight even more dazzling than the one disappearing in the rear view mirror. Indeed, the scenic overload makes it easy to become nonchalant about the plethora of memorable vistas. I travelled with Wrybill Safaris, joining the group at Wellington half-way through the trip for the last 12 days of a 21 day trip. The itinerary was: Wellington Picton Kaikoura (2 nights) Hokitika Franz Joseph Wanaka Te Anau Stewart Island (2 nights) Omarau Omarama Christchurch I will write more at the end of the report about travelling with Wrybill through the South Island, the New Zealanders (Kiwis) love of the great outdoors and some conservation work that we saw. Day 1 I left Melbourne around 6.30 pm arrived in Wellington at midnight (there is a 2 hour time difference) and thanks to efficient immigration and customs made it to the hotel around 1 am. After good night's sleep I went in search of breakfast, walking as far as Queen's Wharf before returning to the city area and found a cafe called Arabica. After breakfast I wandered back to the hotel, packed up and checked out before returning to Lambton Quay in downtown Wellington (Welly to the locals) to take some photos of this staid port city. The wharf area reminded me of Cape Town and Hobart. Made it back to the hotel in time to meet Sav Saville of Wrybill Birding. The rest of the group are at Te Papa (the National Museum) and we meet them there before heading to the Inter-island ferry terminal. Once on board the ferry Sav bags us good inside seats with ready access to the deck area where we spend most of the trip and are rewarded with distant views of White-capped and Salvin's Albatross, Fairy Prion, Fluttering Shearwater, King and Spotted Shags, Arctic Skua and a solitary Little Blue Penguin. A New Zealand Falcon flew overhead, too high for us to identify the prey in its claws. The crossing was quite calm, although there was a slight swell once we left Wellington Harbour and entered the open waters of Cook Strait. Closer to the South Island we see a number of yachts and motor cruisers as the locals take to the sea. Within the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound there are homes dotted around private coves with sandy beaches and private jetties. Many appear to be holiday homes, but all are boat access only as they cling to the edge of the land where no road goes. Tomorrow we are going on a boat cruise to Blumine Island in search of rare New Zealand endemics. The only mammal seen today was a Dusky Dolphin.
  2. Ostrich Group Photographed at 9:37 am on 22 January, 2013 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 200mm f/2.8L IS telephoto lens + EF 2x extender. ISO 100, 1/640 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual Exposure. ***************************************************************************************************** The ratites — ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries and kiwis — have a special charm, having adapted to a flightless lifestyle in contrast with bird species which regularly fly. Spotting ostriches from afar is a special joy on a safari, as they represent the vitality of life on the savanna. This group was underneath circling vultures near a leopard kill in a tree.

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