Goat

Goat

Dulche is one of two friendly and happy goats that live at the animal sanctuary near Warkworth, north of Auckland. I had always been a little nervous of goats. Any experience with them on farms in the past they had come across as aggressive and destructive. The opposite was the case with Dulche. Unlike farms or zoos, animal sanctuaries are neither packed full of animals nor have many visitors. In fact, they seem to be usually privately run and closed to the public.

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.