When friends asked if I wanted to visit the animal sanctuary in Matakana (north of Auckland) I jumped at the chance. It was a nice surprise that not only do they provide refuge for rescued farm animals and battery hens, they also care for native birds. The Morepork, otherwise known as a Southern Boobook or Tasmainian spotted owl is New Zealand’s smallest owl. My photography of the birds and animals focused on their eyes. This owl was one of the most photogenic and patient of the birds. Letting me get reasonably close with my camera.