Category Archives: photography

The quest for the elusive kea: staging and preparation

Tomorrow is the day I head up to Arthur’s Pass from Greymouth to look for keas, the world’s only alpine species of parrot. I’m hopeful that I’ll get to see these remarkable birds, because the pass is where they are most easily found. In preparation, today I traveled from Fox Glacier north to Greymouth, took a […]

From Queenstown to Fox Glacier (with added Milford Sound bonus)

My trip to Milford Sound was pretty much a washout–literally. It was pouring rain the whole time, and while the ship’s captain made a great to-do about the lovely waterfalls that spill down from the top of the fjord when it rains, he was just making a virtue of necessity. One couldn’t even go outside the […]

A bad squirrel; and Gus lagniappe

Reader Chris sent us this amusing anecdote of domestic food thieving. The dominant squirrel got impatient and gnawed his way into the feeder: So I got out the tinsnips and an old tin can: I see I’m not much of a tinsmith as yet, but I guess I am an example of an animal learning […]

Travels: Around Glenorchy

Today (yesterday when you read this, though remember that if you’re in the US or UK, it’s tomorrow already!), we toured the environs of the small (population 300) town of Glenorchy, about 45 km north of Queenstown. Our first stop was the beginning of the Routeburn Track, a very famous 32-km (usually 3 day) hike through […]

Travels: to Queenstown and Glenorchy

I had an eight-hour layover in Auckland yesterday morning, but it was mitigated by the arrival of reader Gayle Ferguson, Official Website Kitten Rescuer™, who met me an an ungodly early hour and took me for coffee, also imparting lots of travel tips. Many of her rescue kittens, including Jerry Coyne the Cat, who resides in […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

When you’re reading this, I’ll be somewhere over the Pacific, I think. Today’s version is truncated, but two readers sent in owls, and I wanted to put them up, scheduling them in advance.  The first two photos are from reader Don Bredes; his notes are indented: This winter we’ve frequently spied a barred owl (Strix […]

Winner: Comedy wildlife photos

Reader John O’Neall called my attention to a cool site: “The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards,” and I suddenly realized that that is a very important site to have on the Internet. Here are a few winners and commended photos from 2016. Go to the site to see all the finalists and the 2015 winners:  WINNER The […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We’ll have an eclectic selection today, with the first photo from reader Christopher Moss. His notes are indented: In the tradition of a letter to the editor of The Times documenting the first cuckoo of spring, I have the honour to report that the first chipmunk to emerge was spotted today. They disappeared rather early, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Mark Sturtevant sent a bunch of insect photos, and he’s a specialist in great arthropod pix. His notes are indented: There are 16 pictures in this batch, and I have 6 or 7 more batches in the queue. Hope you like insects! I spent some time watching a thriving colony of aphids on sunflowers that […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader John Conoboy sent. . . CATS!  His notes are indented: Here are some photos from my recent trip to Tanzania. I will start with cats. Lions, leopards and cheetahs are the big draws, and the guides all communicate by radio whenever there is a sighting and swarms of vehicles converge at the site and […]