Local Heart, Global Soul

July 31, 2012

Shooting the Wildlife….

Filed under: Miscellaneous,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Travel — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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It’s not often I get to attempt taking wildlife photos… the city birds who settle on our balcony are wary of the tiniest movement and I don’t have a particularly long lens on my camera to get good shot of them in the nearby trees.

Sitting at the end table of the  Fat Pigeon Café in Piopio, New Zealand  and with Little Mr. busy digging in the sand-pit close by (and therefore not being available to be waving his arms around in excitement  or wiggling on the seat in such a fashion to scare off our little visitors) …  I stood half a chance at one of my first attempts.  Ok it’s far from perfect, but it’s a “try”at least, and not having a tripod to hand it was a challenge too.

The birds came for the bread bits that Little Mr. hadn’t wanted so once they dared to get in close enough to grab something they didn’t waste any time chatting or saying hello to us,  they were just focused on getting away as quickly as possible.

Phase One: they watch us and we watch them… from a safe distance…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Phase Two: tentative steps…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Phase Three: They check that the little noisy one who makes sudden scary movements is not too close:  Good… he’s busy….

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Phase Four: be brave! rush on on, there is treasure here!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. Cheeky 🙂

    Comment by Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife — July 31, 2012 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  2. This is what I like in NZ, I can do this things at lunch time in the city. Feeding the birds

    Comment by rsmacaalay — August 1, 2012 @ 8:35 am | Reply

    • Yes, the simplicity of it and the fact that you are feeding these beautiful little creatures is really delightful, and relaxing too in it’s own way.

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 3, 2012 @ 6:07 am | Reply

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