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One of the local bird species on Waiheke Island was the variable Oyster Catcher. This time of the year, parents are caring for their chicks. I managed a couple of shooting sessions or a family.

These shots are taken from a kayak that I let drift towards the group. This has the advantage of getting closer than an approach along an open beach. The disadvantage is that even a slight swell makes holding a camera steady near impossible. And there’s a certain nervousness abut employing expensive camera and lenses on open sea on a kayak.

The juveniles are beginning to fledge- down is disappearing and proper feather are starting to emerge.

#1 Group Shot

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#2 Just the chicks

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#3 Time to move

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