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A few photos from my recent trip to NZ Westland area... particularly Franz Joseph glacier. Not far from here is the only White Heron (Kotuku ...maori name) breeding area in NZ which was the main reason to visit.
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The other big glacier in the area Fox Glacier
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Franz Joseph glacier valley... its terminace is round the corner to the left... global warming has shrunk it from this view.
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NZ Shags (cormorant) also nest and breed with the Kotuku.
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There were a lot of chicks.
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Bell bird NZ native
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Lake Mapourika... we had a BBQ dinner out on the lake one night (on a boat )
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We took a helicopter flight up onto the snow field that feeds Franz Joseph glacier. Pilot Rachael took the photo..on my camera.
Photos by Z7 and mostly 20, 1.8/ 24-200.. but birds 300Pf and it still wasn't long enough... 500-600 would have been better.. these bird photos are heavily cropped.