I went to the Maniototo for a few days over the Easter break, continuing my habit of going to a lesser known corner of the South Island with my camera to see what was to be seen. Was hoping for some pretty autumn colour but I was really a bit early, and unfortunately the weather wasn’t particularly obliging for landscapes.
So on a patchy overcast morning I headed south into the hills, trying to get a clear shot for some landscapes with no luck. Soon the road rose up winding around the hills and the seal ended and the clay began and I kept driving just to see what was around the next corner.
Imagine my utter delight as I drove around a corner and saw a dark shape perched on a fence post to my left. I had my camera with the 70-200 lens on it in the passenger seat, and I pulled the car to as gentle a stop as I could in a short distance, powered down the windows and shot off as many shots as I could of this handsome fellow.
The NZ falcon tends to hunt in remoter areas and this was my first encounter. He was quite curious and had a good look at me while I was shooting him and wasn’t too bothered by the car. However as soon as I tried to move it he flew off.
I was so excited to finally see one of the beautiful rare native raptors in the wild I forgot to turn my engine off so the image isnt 100% sharp because of the vibration which is annoying but I got the proof clear enough 🙂 Getting this photo totally made the 5 hour drive each way worth it!
Next time I will remember to turn the engine off!