Mating New Zealand Falcon (Kārearea)

Back in 2015, I had the opportunity to witness and photograph a pair of Eastern New Zealand falcons (found in the South Island of New Zealand)(Kārearea) mating at Wingspan. This pair (Male – ‘Wink’ and Female – ‘Ali’) was one of Wingspan’s breeding pairs.

Observing and studying this behaviour in captivity was invaluable to me as a wildlife photographer as it gave me an in-depth understanding of what to listen out for and look out for when trying to spot this behaviour out in the wild. 

A few years later, I was able to use this knowledge to witness and photograph the mating of a pair of wild North Island bush falcons.

This series shows a frame by frame sequence of the pair mating.


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