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Edin Whitehead
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New Zealand nature photographer and reasonably dedicated blogger
New Zealand nature photographer and reasonably dedicated blogger

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The end of another chapter..

These are my birds. Grey-faced petrels have been my birds since my Master’s project was decided on two years ago. I say my birds. I don’t own them. I feel no sense of ownership of them. If anything, I feel empathy and protectiveness. The first Grey-faced…
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A few thoughts, because there's not much room in my head at the moment. I hand my thesis in on Tuesday!

I am standing on a knife edge. The sea breathes below, hushing into narrow inlets through tumbled stone and washing quietly against steep cliffs. The breeze is gentle, a welcome relief from the heat of walking while kitted up for a night in the open,…
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It's not a secret, but sometimes we need reminding.

In the throes of writing my Master’s thesis, it would be very easy for me to say “I don’t have time” for things like photography, blog-writing, reading, relaxing. But I’m still doing all of those things. Maybe proportionally less than I would be doing…
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The world is a wondrous place...

I never get tired of seabirds (that much is probably obvious by now). One of my challenges is taking photos of them underwater, when I myself am not underwater. Underwater camera housings are expensive, yo. So I’m quite pleased with the Fluttering…
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Or - why seabird conservation is worthwhile.

I feel extremely lucky to do the work I do and share the lives of some really special birds. I was drawn to seabirds for their mastery of the pelagic world. They are birds that few people get to see, living most of their lives out on the ocean. In…
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Order among the chaos

We are wired to look for patterns. It’s why we see cloud-animals, and faces in everyday objects. We find regular, repeating, symmetric things pleasing to look at. I’m always looking out for natural patterns. Lines and regularity among the chaos. And every…
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What's a lucky shot?

There’s a lot to be said for luck in wildlife photography. Most of my photos I don’t plan in advance, and I just take what comes. I react to what’s around me as it’s happening, I watch and ideas come to me based on what the birds are doing. And there’s a…
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A few thoughts to start the new year...

It’s very easy to feel negative about our own photography. With a deluge of new, amazing photos alighting on our Instagram feeds every day, it’s often hard not to feel discouraged. To think that we’ll never measure up, never be as successful, never take…
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A few reflections on what has been a truly spectacular year.

This year has been dominated by my Master’s research, but it has also been a fun year photographically. Although my usual adventures were limited, being involved in seabird research has given me the opportunity to visit some fabulous places, and I’ve…
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Big screamy birds, little angry birds, ALL THE BIRDS

It was Dad processing photos for a blog this morning that reminded me I didn’t have anything written. It’s nice to be home, briefly, for the holiday season. I’m still working – I now have most of the data for my thesis and am wrapping my brains around the…
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