Tiritiri Trip

29 09 2009

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A few shots from our recent day trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island the weather was a little fickle with showers though this did help with managing the contrast somewhat but also made things rather dim though it did clear up by the time we had to go.

Bellbird

Bellbird

The use of flash to balance the light is pretty much essential due to the contrast and low light conditions.The only real negative photographically  is that most of the birds are banded though some of the more numerous species are not.

Tiritiri Matangi translates as ” Looking to the wind”. Located 30km north east of central Auckland and just 4km from the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Tiritiri Matangi Island is one of New Zealand’s most important and exciting conservation projects.
Tui

Tui

Unwanted predators have been eradicated, and the once-pastoral island has been replanted with native trees. Rare native birds and animals have been returned to its now-safe and restored habitats. It is an experience to see how our forests should be alive with birdsong and activity but mankinds meddling has destroyed much.

Male Stitchbird

Male Stitchbird

It is possible to book and stay overnight in the bunkhouse this is well worth doing as as the ferry leaves at 3.30 sharp along with the crowds furthermore you can see Kiwi by night and we will be doing it again soon.We have enjoyed several day trips and two overnight stays on the Island and I can thoroughly recommend a visit.

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2 10 2009
shazzt

Beautiful shots. I love Tiri. Where else can you go to see a critically endangered bird try to steal your lunch 🙂

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