Fresh from the camera: Kereru

By Brendan Moyle 11/02/2014

New Zealand has two native pigeons, and  the kereru is the species found on the main islands.  It is a large bird, found in native forest, and for these reasons seems to be a ponderous flier.  It is also an important seed-disperser.  It consumes many native berries that are later deposited elsewhere.  Sadly it’s also considered threatened as populations are in decline.

The main challenges to photographing keruru is they like living up in the tree canopy.  If your goal is to take lots of photos of pigeon-backsides, as you look upwards into the branches, you’ll be very happy.  To get photos of the bird acting naturally means finding a way to get both close and high. 

I managed that this weekend, finding a position that got me right next to the ripe fruit of a cabbage-tree (or Cordyline).  There’s a few shots to go through, and the canopy issue still means having to shot at a low shutter speed, but I got a few keepers.  These shots were taken with a 300mm prime, and I’ve been close enough not to need to crop. Enjoy 🙂