@jonathanharrodphotography - Jonathan Harrod

Wildlife | Nature photographer from New Zealand. All published photographs are taken by me.
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‘Little Dott’

Banded Dotterel | Double-banded plover | tuturiwhatu

Not much bigger than the pebbles, a day old banded dotterel chick surveys its new environment. While many of us in the South of New Zealand were freezing during winter , many of these small jet setters went on a winter holiday to Australia via Auckland, Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands to South Queensland, where they worked south along the Australian coast. Nice to see the banded dotterels back and on their nesting grounds!
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‘Little Dott’ Banded Dotterel | Double-banded plover | tuturiwhatu Not much bigger than the pebbles, a day old banded dotterel chick surveys its new environment. While many of us in the South of New Zealand were freezing during winter , many of

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Australasian Crested Grebe | kamana

It’s no wonder that Maori regard Australasian crested grebes (kamana) as taonga/treasure; these rare waterfowl are adorned with a beautiful black double crest with chestnut frills. Fewer than 1000  birds remain in New Zealand where Canterbury and Otago remain as strongholds.
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Australasian Crested Grebe | kamana It’s no wonder that Maori regard Australasian crested grebes (kamana) as taonga/treasure; these rare waterfowl are adorned with a beautiful black double crest with chestnut frills. Fewer than 1000 birds remain

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New Zealand Kingfisher | Kōtare

In a flash of turquoise, these lovable rogues swoop down and snatch their unsuspecting prey before pulverising and swallowing their victim’s whole. Here on the coast their diet consists mainly of crabs, and here they have a seemingly endless supply of these bite-sized meals available whenever the tides retreats.
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New Zealand Kingfisher | Kōtare In a flash of turquoise, these lovable rogues swoop down and snatch their unsuspecting prey before pulverising and swallowing their victim’s whole. Here on the coast their diet consists mainly of crabs, and here th

Christchurch, New Zealand
‘Peek-a-Boo’

Can you see the day old chick?

The Australasian crested grebe (kāmana) would have to be one of New Zealand’s most stylish birds with the perfect mix of elegance and spunk! Kāmana are found on New Zealand’s South Island where they prefer clear alpine/sub alpine lakes. Canterbury and Otago remain a stronghold for this taonga species.
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‘Peek-a-Boo’ Can you see the day old chick? The Australasian crested grebe (kāmana) would have to be one of New Zealand’s most stylish birds with the perfect mix of elegance and spunk! Kāmana are found on New Zealand’s South Island where

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Fiordland Crested Penguin | Tawaki

With a belly full of squid and fish, a rare fiordland crested penguin (Eudyptes pachyrynchus) walks up a small freshwater stream to its nesting site after a day’s fishing. Its chicks wait patiently for a feed under boulders or the large roots of trees. Tawaki’s main diet is squid, octopus, krill and small fish.
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Fiordland Crested Penguin | Tawaki With a belly full of squid and fish, a rare fiordland crested penguin (Eudyptes pachyrynchus) walks up a small freshwater stream to its nesting site after a day’s fishing. Its chicks wait patiently for a feed und

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New Zealand Kingfisher | Kōtare | Sacred Kingfisher 
A New Zealand Kingfisher alert to an aerial threat. With its plumage sleeked back, body stiff and upright, large bill (and small mud crab) pointed upward toward the sky, this kōtare performs its aerial threat display.
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New Zealand Kingfisher | Kōtare | Sacred Kingfisher A New Zealand Kingfisher alert to an aerial threat. With its plumage sleeked back, body stiff and upright, large bill (and small mud crab) pointed upward toward the sky, this kōtare performs its

Christchurch, New Zealand
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‘Tools of the Trade’

When you are in the business of making mischief, you need the rights tools for the job! Keas’ long curved beak and powerful claws make the perfect tools! Their long beak acts as a precision multipurpose tool perfect for their varied diet. Kea eat over 200+ varieties of natural foods ranging from insects, roots, nectar, leaves, flowers and even other birds and mammals. So whether it’s cracking, digging, boring, picking or simply breaking into your cabin, bag or car, there is not much this beak cannot do! Their extremely tough feet allow them to move around the trees or ground with ease. Their claws can be used like hands enabling them to carry objects or steal things like passports (true story)! These extremely intelligent parrots give a whole new meaning to the term ‘bird brain’; a vital trait for their survival in the changeable alpine environment.
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‘Tools of the Trade’ When you are in the business of making mischief, you need the rights tools for the job! Keas’ long curved beak and powerful claws make the perfect tools! Their long beak acts as a precision multipurpose tool perfect for th

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Spotted Shag | Parekareka | New Zealand ‘Sunset Shag’. During the breeding season, for a very short time, these endemic shags start to transform… fluorescent greens begin to adorn their face and a brilliant blue ring starts to encircle their eyes. An impressive double-mohawk emerges from their head.
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Spotted Shag | Parekareka | New Zealand ‘Sunset Shag’. During the breeding season, for a very short time, these endemic shags start to transform… fluorescent greens begin to adorn their face and a brilliant blue ring starts to encircle their ey

Kaikoura, New Zealand
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‘Morning Stretches’

A quick touch of the toes to stretch out those stiff morning muscles before a big day of fishing! When feeding yellow-eyed penguins / hoiho can travel up to 60km (37miles) from shore and dive to depths of 150m (492 feet)!
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‘Morning Stretches’ A quick touch of the toes to stretch out those stiff morning muscles before a big day of fishing! When feeding yellow-eyed penguins / hoiho can travel up to 60km (37miles) from shore and dive to depths of 150m (492 feet)!

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‘Fire and Rain’

New Zealand Kingfisher | Kōtare

I love how the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins describes the sight of a flying kingfisher; he said ‘kingfishers catch fire’, as they seem to be combinations of feather and flame in the setting sun. I believe even in rainy conditions their feathers catch fire!
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‘Fire and Rain’ New Zealand Kingfisher | Kōtare I love how the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins describes the sight of a flying kingfisher; he said ‘kingfishers catch fire’, as they seem to be combinations of feather and flame in the setting sun

Christchurch, New Zealand
Black Stilt | kakī | New Zealand

Great news for the world’s rarest wading bird!! This year 183 juvenile black stilt were hatched, reared and released into the wild (72 more than last year). This years record breeding season is partly due to extensive predator control. Controlling stoats, ferrets and feral cats is critical for kakī survival. The kakī population has been slowly increasing in the wild from a low of 23 birds in the 1980s to a recent count of 132 adult birds today!
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Black Stilt | kakī | New Zealand Great news for the world’s rarest wading bird!! This year 183 juvenile black stilt were hatched, reared and released into the wild (72 more than last year). This years record breeding season is partly due to exten

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New Zealand Dotterel 
A New Zealand dotterel in breeding plumage at sunrise. When breeding their underparts glow with a brilliant rusty-orange colour. The New Zealand dotterel or tūturiwhatu as it is known in Maori is a much-loved New Zealand endemic. This small & stocky endangered wading bird is one of New Zealand’s rarest birds. With a population of around 1700, these beautiful dotterels are more at risk than some species of kiwi!
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New Zealand Dotterel A New Zealand dotterel in breeding plumage at sunrise. When breeding their underparts glow with a brilliant rusty-orange colour. The New Zealand dotterel or tūturiwhatu as it is known in Maori is a much-loved New Zealand endemi

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‘Sneak Peek’

Kea | New Zealand

An endangered kea reveals some of its beautiful hidden colours. Often described as ‘olive green and brown’, kea conceal a wonderful secret... those fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of a kea’s underwing are treated to a beautiful display of royal blues with vibrant reds and oranges with splashes of yellow. These beautiful birds are the world's only alpine parrot.
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‘Sneak Peek’ Kea | New Zealand An endangered kea reveals some of its beautiful hidden colours. Often described as ‘olive green and brown’, kea conceal a wonderful secret... those fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of a kea’s underwing ar

Arthur's Pass National Park
White-fronted tern | Tara | New Zealand

White-fronted terns are built for speed, their small acrobatic bodies, slim wings and forked tails enable them to manoeuvre in the air with ease; twisting and turning, hovering and diving. It is no wonder they are often called ‘sea swallows’.
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White-fronted tern | Tara | New Zealand White-fronted terns are built for speed, their small acrobatic bodies, slim wings and forked tails enable them to manoeuvre in the air with ease; twisting and turning, hovering and diving. It is no wonder they

Christchurch, New Zealand
‘Tawaki Portrait’

Fiordland Crested Penguin | Tawaki | New Zealand

These secretive rainforest penguins are certainly dressed to impress! Sporting classy tuxedos, striking cheek stripes and spunky yellow crests, tawaki are the rock stars of New Zealand’s wildlife. When courting they arch their heads to the sky and wave their brilliant yellow tassels back and forth. Their white cheek stripes help differentiate tawaki from other crested penguin species.
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‘Tawaki Portrait’ Fiordland Crested Penguin | Tawaki | New Zealand These secretive rainforest penguins are certainly dressed to impress! Sporting classy tuxedos, striking cheek stripes and spunky yellow crests, tawaki are the rock stars of New

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New Zealand Kingfisher | Sacred Kingfisher

A New Zealand kingfisher scans the mudflats in the 'blue hour' just before sunrise.
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New Zealand Kingfisher | Sacred Kingfisher A New Zealand kingfisher scans the mudflats in the 'blue hour' just before sunrise.

Christchurch, New Zealand
‘Noise Shouter’

Yellow-eye Penguin | Hoiho | New Zealand

With its face to the ocean, a solitary yellow-eyed penguin calls to its mate at sunset. The Māori name for yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) means 'noise shouter', referring to its loud shrill call.
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‘Noise Shouter’ Yellow-eye Penguin | Hoiho | New Zealand With its face to the ocean, a solitary yellow-eyed penguin calls to its mate at sunset. The Māori name for yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) means 'noise shouter', referring to its loud shrill

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‘Sea Lion Yawn’

New Zealand Sea Lion | Catlins Coast, Southland

Look at those gnarly teeth! Sea lions’ teeth can tell an important tale! A sea lions tooth can reveal its age, what it has been eating, where it has been foraging, whether ocean conditions changed over its lifetime and whether there have been changes to the structure of the marine food web… all very important information for the world’s rarest sea lion species! Their whiskers (vibrissae) are very sensitive and help them detect their prey by sensing vibrations under the water.
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‘Sea Lion Yawn’ New Zealand Sea Lion | Catlins Coast, Southland Look at those gnarly teeth! Sea lions’ teeth can tell an important tale! A sea lions tooth can reveal its age, what it has been eating, where it has been foraging, whether ocean

Southland, New Zealand