On my recent expedition in the subantarctic it was great to be travelling with other professional photographers, including a past winner of the BBC ‘photographer of the year’ competition. Ole Liodden, of Norway, was great company and I learned a lot from him. He takes tours for photographers up into the Arctic, photographing polar bears on ice-floes. We spent time together doing landscape photography in the south of the main Chatham Island. Ole is in the centre of the following picture, with the big black Nikon lens. We are photographing shore plover on South East Island.
It was a real thrill to visit South East Island, one of New Zealand’s great nature reserves. We enjoyed perfect weather and were able to zodiac cruise the coastline within a couple of metres. A highlight was to photograph the Shore Plover, in its last natural home. The visit also allowed us close encounters with the rare Pitt Island shag and the rare Chatham Island oystercatcher.
I have just returned from a visit to the Antipodes and Bounty Islands, New Zealand’s most remote territories. The photographic opportunities were outstanding, as these islands are home to birds that nest nowhere else. I obtained close-up photos of my two target species, the erect-crested penguin, and the antipodean albatross, two birds I wanted to include in my new book.
After six months of constant use I have nothing but praise for this camera, especially its low-light ability. Photos taken in the bush at ISO 25,600 show very little grain!