Currently living in the heart of the Tararua's, surrounded by nature I have a stunning mini lifestyle property with chooks, rabbits, guinea pigs and rescue birds. My dogs are so used to the camera now they see it come out and instantly strike a pose!
I work with New Zealand's native wildlife, and am fortunate to be involved in each stage of their journey through conservation programs from breeding to releasing into the wild. I have been directly involved in the release of whio (population of 2,500 individuals remaining), kiwi, kaka and kakariki. Each one as special as the last. I am also lucky enough to be Pukaha's Kahurangi the kokako personal photographer and friend! Being able to get so close and interact with this bird is a dream come true. It is through her images that my name has been getting out there in the wildlife photography world. For that I am forever grateful.
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Every photo taken, from birds on the wing to chicks in the nest has been taken to ensure minimum disturbance to the animal. Images are taken naturally as the animal or bird goes about it's daily life or is receiving health checks from a dedicated Ranger or carer.
No wildlife is disturbed in taking these images and proceeds from the photos sold goes back to conservation projects relating to that species.
Have you seen the Spring 2021 issue of Forest & Bird magazine? By becoming a member of Forest & Bird you will receive this quarterly magazine, full of amazing conservation stories here in NZ.
Occasionally you might spy one of my photos in an article, but this is the first time I have featured on the front cover, doesn't it look amazing?! Their graphic designers did the piece wonders. Grey Ghost features the striking orange wattles of the South Island Kokako, potentially extinct, but with sightings still being recorded today, I still believe there is a chance we will see this bird again.
Forest & Bird is a charity dedicated to protecting wildlife and vital conservation work; find out more on their website.