@jonathanharrodphotography - Jonathan Harrod

Wildlife | Nature photographer from New Zealand. All published photographs are taken by me.
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Sunset Kōtare | New Zealand

The unmistakable silhouette of a New Zealand kingfisher (kōtare) as it scans the mudflats for small mud crabs at sunset. New Zealand’s mudflats have a seemingly endless supply of these bite-sized crabs whenever the tide retreats.
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Sunset Kōtare | New Zealand The unmistakable silhouette of a New Zealand kingfisher (kōtare) as it scans the mudflats for small mud crabs at sunset. New Zealand’s mudflats have a seemingly endless supply of these bite-sized crabs whenever the tide r

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Variable Oystercatcher | Tōreapango

Variable oystercatchers, as their name suggests, vary in colour from pied through to completely black. Interestingly, the black variant is more common in the south of New Zealand and the pied morph more commonly found in Northland.

Their large orange bill acts as a multipurpose tool enabling them to stab, twist, hammer, pry, cut, lever and grasp their prey with surgical precision. An oystercatcher’s bill shape can change depending on their diet – a long thin pointy bill suggest a diet of worms; a blunt bill suggests a diet of thick-shelled molluscs etc. These stocky endemics feed on open beaches, rocky shorelines, estuarine mudflats and even open pasture. These changes may occur seasonally or periodically depending upon tidal and seasonal changes in the behaviour of prey

What do you think this oystercatcher predominately eats?
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Variable Oystercatcher | Tōreapango Variable oystercatchers, as their name suggests, vary in colour from pied through to completely black. Interestingly, the black variant is more common in the south of New Zealand and the pied morph more commonly f

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Royal spoonbill | New Zealand 
As the sun was setting below the horizon, I positioned myself to photograph some back-lit pied stilts against a shaded embankment, the warm dusk glow softly illuminated the stilts creating a nice contrast to the scene. As I was photographing the stilts this beautiful spoonbill silently flew into the scene allowing me to capture a few shots of that impressive mullet just before dark.
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Royal spoonbill | New Zealand As the sun was setting below the horizon, I positioned myself to photograph some back-lit pied stilts against a shaded embankment, the warm dusk glow softly illuminated the stilts creating a nice contrast to the scene.

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Yellow-eyed penguin | Hoiho | New Zealand

The first rays of sunrise illuminate the face of an endangered yellow-eyed penguin.

You often hear yellow-eyed penguins before seeing them, in fact, their Māori name hoiho means 'noise shouter', which aptly describes their welcoming shrieks and shrills. 
These unique birds are the only species left in their genus and may be the most ancient of all living penguins. Hoiho are sadly one of the most endangered penguins in the world. In 2015/16 there were only 255 pairs on remaining on mainland New Zealand and subsequently they are classified as ‘nationally endangered’. Hoiho numbers continue to decline despite diligent conservation efforts,

Let’s hope that these beautiful ‘noise shouters’ won’t be silenced forever.

To find out more visit: www.yellow-eyedpenguin.org.nz
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Yellow-eyed penguin | Hoiho | New Zealand The first rays of sunrise illuminate the face of an endangered yellow-eyed penguin. You often hear yellow-eyed penguins before seeing them, in fact, their Māori name hoiho means 'noise shouter', which aptly

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Pied Stilt | Poaka | New Zealand

I always enjoy photographing these dainty waders. I’m constantly amazed at how their extremely long and thin legs support their bodies!! They’re one-quarter body and three quarters legs!!  A great feature to have when wading for food!
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Pied Stilt | Poaka | New Zealand I always enjoy photographing these dainty waders. I’m constantly amazed at how their extremely long and thin legs support their bodies!! They’re one-quarter body and three quarters legs!! A great feature to have whe

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New Zealand Kingfisher | Sacred Kingfisher

A New Zealand kingfisher holds a small wriggling crab firmly in its large bill. New Zealand’s estuaries have a seemingly endless supply of these bite-sized meals available whenever the tides retreats.
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New Zealand Kingfisher | Sacred Kingfisher A New Zealand kingfisher holds a small wriggling crab firmly in its large bill. New Zealand’s estuaries have a seemingly endless supply of these bite-sized meals available whenever the tides retreats.

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Australian Coot | New Zealand

Cranky old coot? Ok, this coot may look a little cranky  … although it seems that the poor coot is misunderstood worldwide! These beautiful rails are the victim of an underserved reputation and often the butt of many a derogatory slur, such as “bald as a coot”, “crazy as a coot”, “old coot”, “silly as a coot” …  conjuring up notions of stupidity, irritability, senility and madness. I tend to think coots are quite striking; a close view of these rails reveal their magnificent snow-white facial shield and beautiful ruby-red eyes.
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Australian Coot | New Zealand Cranky old coot? Ok, this coot may look a little cranky … although it seems that the poor coot is misunderstood worldwide! These beautiful rails are the victim of an underserved reputation and often the butt of many a

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Tūī | New Zealand

These iconic New Zealand birds are famous for their melodious song. Their song has been described as a ‘sonic portrait of New Zealand’, capturing the very essence of the New Zealand bush. Tūī possess two voice boxes enabling them to have a varied repertoire of songs and a wide array of vocalizations from bell-like chimes, gongs and whistles to clicks, wheezes and coughs. They have even been known to mimic human speech... one bird even learnt the Pizza Hutt jingle!

Below is an extract from Eileen Duggan's poem 'Song of the Tui'... ... Wild, wild and blinding in its wildest note. They—they never heard him, swinging on a flax–flower, Mad with the honey and the noon in his throat… Hold unto the southlands in the pure October, When the Tui’s sweetness ripples through the rain.
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Tūī | New Zealand These iconic New Zealand birds are famous for their melodious song. Their song has been described as a ‘sonic portrait of New Zealand’, capturing the very essence of the New Zealand bush. Tūī possess two voice boxes enabling them t

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‘White Christmas?’ Australasian Crested Grebes | New Zealand

It’s Summer here in New Zealand so no snow on the radar; although we have had plenty of overcast and rainy days lately. In this photograph the bright white sky reflects off the surface of the water creating an interesting opportunity to photograph these wonderful birds. Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand is really living up to its name (“land of the long white cloud”). Let’s hope for some nice bbq weather soon though!
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‘White Christmas?’ Australasian Crested Grebes | New Zealand It’s Summer here in New Zealand so no snow on the radar; although we have had plenty of overcast and rainy days lately. In this photograph the bright white sky reflects off the surface of

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‘A Face Only a Mother Could Love’
Australian coot chicks | New Zealand

Are they Coot or ugly?

These cute coot chicks are dressed to impress with their bright spikey orange hair, red papillae around their faces, flashes of blue above their eyes and little bald heads. This bizarre ornamentation is a risky choice for young chicks that are already susceptible to predation.

Coot chicks bring truth to the saying ‘a face only a mother could love’ as research has shown female coots favour babies with brighter plumes. Chicks wear this garb to compete with their brothers and sisters for parental attention. When biologists removed plumes from some chicks, the mothers showed a preference for the more colourful offspring. Therefore, the more colourful they are, the more food and better care they receive, increasing their chances of survival.
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‘A Face Only a Mother Could Love’ Australian coot chicks | New Zealand Are they Coot or ugly? These cute coot chicks are dressed to impress with their bright spikey orange hair, red papillae around their faces, flashes of blue above their eyes and

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Kea | New Zealand

What a handsome chap... do you think he knows it?  These endangered New Zealand birds are the world’s only alpine parrot. Kea are so full of character, if not a little cheeky! Kea give a whole new meaning to the term ‘bird brain’ and are considered to be one of most intelligent bird species in the world, a vital trait for survival in the changeable New Zealand Alps.
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Kea | New Zealand What a handsome chap... do you think he knows it? These endangered New Zealand birds are the world’s only alpine parrot. Kea are so full of character, if not a little cheeky! Kea give a whole new meaning to the term ‘bird brain’ a

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“No peeking... keep your eyes closed... we’re almost there”

Fiordland Crested Penguins | South Westland | New Zealand

Have a good weekend everyone!
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“No peeking... keep your eyes closed... we’re almost there” Fiordland Crested Penguins | South Westland | New Zealand Have a good weekend everyone!

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Kōtare | New Zealand Kingfisher | Sacred Kingfisher

A kotare poses just as the sun sets behind the horizon. I just love the iridescent colours in kingfishers plumage, with a change of light their colour can transform from vibrant blues to the rich emerald greens you see here. 
It’s been a really busy last few weeks and way too long between posts. 
Christchurch locals: I’m exhibiting some new photographs @strangebandit here in Christchurch. Come and see a selection of limited edition photographs while enjoying Christchurch’s best coffee!  Thanks :-)
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Kōtare | New Zealand Kingfisher | Sacred Kingfisher A kotare poses just as the sun sets behind the horizon. I just love the iridescent colours in kingfishers plumage, with a change of light their colour can transform from vibrant blues to the rich e

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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 the

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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 in

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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 they

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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 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 they prefe

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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 under

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