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In Pursuit of Prions (The Final Chapter)

Having spent almost a month exploring just a small part of New Zealands natural wealth it was time to head for home. However the final fling involved an early morning ferry ride across the Cook Strait and one more chance to enjoy those dainty Fairy Prions.

Around 6.30am in the morning we departed the small town of Picton and headed up the Malborough Sounds. Many birds were evident as we steamed along including Fluttering Shearwaters and a few Little Blue Penguin.

Before long we were clearing North Island and ploughing a furrow through a thick picket line of prions. Almost all the way to Wellington we were entertained royally by these delightful and fragile looking tubenoses. The calm and sunny conditions allowed me to reel of hundreds of shots and a few are shown here.

All of these New Zealand blog posts have used my secondary images. My best images are reserved for my new talk 'Antipodes - Edge of the Abyss'. If you would like to book this talk please email through the contact form on my website.

New Zealand is home to some amazing endemic landbirds and the seas abound with a richness of cetaceans and seabirds. If you wish to observe Albatrosses I can think of nowhere better to visit than Kaikoura. If like me you go in pursuit of Prions then you will know just where to go if you read my blogs. Just scoll down below to find the other chapters, or click the links.

In Pursuit of Prions (Part 1)  - Sydney

In Pursuit of Prions (Part 2) - Sydney to Hobart

In Pursuit of Prions (Part 3) - Tasmania

In Pursuit of Prions (Part 4) - Two Days on the Tasman Sea

In Pursuit of Prions (Part 5) - Otago

In Pursuit of Prions (Part 6) - Akaroa

In Pursuit of Prions (Part 7) - Napier to Bay of Islands

In Pursuit of Prions (Part 8) - Tasman Sea 2

Kapiti Island Overnighter

Albatross Central: Kaikoura

The Alpine Parrot


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