Running Sheep

Running Sheep

Friends recently asked if I’d like to visit an animal sanctuary. Having taken my camera to dozens of zoos I jumped at the chance to visit some rescue animals. The first field we came to was huge and had two large sheep currently staying in it. After looking over the fence they came running over to us. Pictured here is Barushka, a rather over weight lady. At the time it was raining which made photography a little difficult. However, the water coming off her fleece makes this photograph more unusual.

Bay of Islands Dolphin

Bay of Islands Dolphin

Dolphin watching is equal parts amazing and frustrating for me as a photographer. Fortunately I have had a number of opportunities to see these incredible animals in the wild. What is frustrating is how difficult they are to capture on camera. This is partly due to their social personalities and great speed in the water. Before ever having seen them I had hoped to capture them leaping out of the water. So far this is as close as I have come to this goal. Here the dolphin is not so much leaping as simply coming up for breath.

White Seal on a Rock

White Seal on a Rock

One of the best things about a boat trip on Milford Sound is how close the boats can get to the edge of the fjord. This is because the side of the cliffs around are so steep and the water is very deep. As a result the captain took us within about ten metres of a colony of white seals who were sun bathing on rocks. A couple jumped into the water but must ignored us. The seal in the photograph above seemed to almost be posing for his photograph.

Dolphins

Dolphins

Dolphins are one of my favourite creatures. They amaze me. Photographing them in the wild is next to impossible. This was my fourth attempt and the first time I have anything I am half happy with. Watching them leap out of the water is great but capturing their random leaps on camera is extremely frustrating. Fortunately the water of Milford Sound was so clear, and the sunlight was strong. I was able to get a couple of photographs looking down from the bow of the boat as they darted underneath me.