The First Day of Spring

This is the first post for my new series What has Boney Whitefoot been up to lately?
I will try and post in my blog more regularly and hopefully those that read my posts will continue to enjoy reading about our photographic adventures in Northern Ireland.

Last Wednesday morning, the first official day of spring, Rosie and I woke to a wonderfully fine day and decided to explore a stretch of river in our local area in County Armagh.
We had not visited this spot before, but we had studied the area online and we anticipated an exciting day ahead of us.
We packed our lunch, leapt into the car, zoomed off heading north and 20minutes later we arrived at our destination.

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Christmas trip for long tails 2020 Part 2: koekoeā paradise

System reboot and the apology

Last year I was to start the year off with blog posts containing images of birds, stories of adventures and images of New Zealand landscapes.
After my first post of our Christmas trip and promises of more to come, my readers ended up with nothing from me for an entire year.
Once again I failed to follow up with part two of our annual  Chrissie adventure.
I apologise for that but please let me explain. Continue reading

Christmas trip for long tails 2020 Part 1:The Plans of Mice and Men

As I look back at 2020 it all seems so surreal to me now.
I honestly never thought the pandemic would last this long and rather naively thought the whole world would unite and synchronise against a common enemy and the virus would be defeated relatively quickly.
But here we are heading towards the end of January 2021 and there are more daily deaths being recorded now than when the pandemic first broke out.
However, the various vaccines developed in different countries give us hope that this year we will start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Regardless, I hope this post finds my readers alive, kicking and full of wonderment towards our natural world and I pray that 2021 will be much better for us all.


The Plans of Mice and Men

As my longstanding readers will know, each year a friend and fellow fanatical bird photographer Steve Richards and I take off for a few weeks each Christmas. I sleep in my tent and he in his customised 4WD Toyota.
We hit the road hard out, get up early each day and go to bed late. We do our best to come back to our respective homes totally worn out. It is not a holiday for us, its an opportunity to photograph birds we don’t see closer to home. Food, comfort and sleep become secondary issues. Continue reading

How to photograph New Zealand tūī

How to photograph New Zealand tui

In this post, I’m going to give you a few tips on how to photograph New Zealand tui.
Most of the images used in this post are for sale so you can click on the image to see the full size and additional information.


New Zealand tūī (correct Maori spelling) were once a relative rarity for those who seldom step foot in our forests and isolated coastlines.
However, in the last few decades, in many urban areas and even city centres, the tui has staged an amazing comeback.
The combination of pest control and the planting of native trees and shrubs by forward-thinking councils has provided food and safety for the tui.
Tui have taken full advantage and invaded to the point that now nearly everyone who has nectar-bearing trees in their back yard also has resident tui. Our city streets and parks are also alive with tui. Continue reading

The tale of four Little Owls part1

First of all, before we get to our story, both Rosie and I want to say happy New Year and may it be a physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy one for all of us.
This past year has been huge and it seems like an age since I last sat down in front of the computer screen and shared a photo adventure with my readers.
But here we go.


A loud Ping from my computer notified me of a new message through FaceBook from a friend Anne Lamb in my bird photography group.

When I opened the message there staring back at me was simply the most beautiful image of a Little Owl I had ever seen.
Little Owls do not inhabit the North Island of New Zealand which is where I live and I stared at the image longingly and the cogs in my brain box began to grind out a plan.

Steve and I were already planning a very short trip to the South Island over Christmas.  I saw the possibilities of obtaining images of the Little Owl and I asked Anne if she could show us the bird. Anne replied in her typical enthusiastic style and along with the yes, came a promise of Christmas cake if we behaved ourselves (which we always do) lol
Little Owls have always been on our wanted list but the time necessary to locate one was a luxury we had not enjoyed and now we were being handed one on a plate along with Christmas cake.

Dates were arranged and the excitement grew. Continue reading