The sole colony of white herons in New Zealand is reached by jetboat up the river, which is a great experience in itself. The herons, and some royal spoonbills, nest on a small strip of river bank, like little white clouds among the trees. We visited at the start of breeding season, and pairs were nesting everywhere, swooping down past the hides to collect twigs for the nest. If hoping to photograph properly, a long lens is a necessity, 300mm or longer, although some birds did briefly perch closer to the hides and show off their feathers. A fabulous experience to see these beautiful creatures in the wild, and another fun jetboat ride back to the jetty afterwards! Even if you're not particularly into birds, this is still a brilliant experience.
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