Sandfly Bay and Hoopers Inlet

Introduction

The ten photos in this post are from a recent trip to Hoopers Inlet and Sandfly Bay, both on the Otago Peninsula.

I had been hoping to see a good number of seals and sea lions at Sandfly Bay. Sadly, I only saw one sea lion, so I spent much of the time tracking black backed gulls in flight with the OM-D E-M5, EE-1 red dot sight and 40-150 PRO with the 1.4x teleconverter attached – I have picked one of the better ones to display here.

I also took the opportunity to try out my recently acquired E-1 body with my Vivitar 120-600 mm lens – mostly at Hooper’s Inlet, as there was a more diverse range of bird life there. The high winds made using the setup a challenge – a staunch reminder that one should keep the tripod a lot lower than I did under these conditions – but some usable shots came out of it.

The photos have been split up by location, but are otherwise not in any specific order (chronological or otherwise).

Sandfly Bay

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Sandfly Bay, from the lookout on the track from Seal Point Road. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO. 1/500 s, f/8, ISO 100.
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Gliding on high winds against a clear sky is this black backed gull at Sandfly Bay, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO and MC-14 1.4x teleconverter. 1/1250 s, f/5.6, ISO 200. Sighted with Olympus EE-1 red dot sight.
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A red billed gull skirting the shoreline at Sandfly Bay on the Otago Peninsula. Olympus E-1 with Vivitar 120-600 mm f/5.6-8 (OM mount, adapted to Four Thirds mount). 1/2500 s, f/16, ISO 400. Mounted on a tripod with a gimbal head.
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Making the most of clear skies is this New Zealand sea lion at Sandfly Bay, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO and MC-14 1.4x teleconverter. 1/640 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
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This variable oystercatcher and its chick are sheltering at the base of a sand dune at Sandfly Bay, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO and MC-14 1.4x teleconverter. 1/1250 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.

Hoopers Inlet

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Prowling a paddock in the late afternoon sun is the pukeko seen at Hoopers Inlet, Dunedin. Olympus E-1 with Vivitar 120-600 mm f/5.6-8 (OM mount, adapted to Four Thirds mount). 1/500 s, f/8, ISO 400. Mounted on a tripod with a gimbal head.
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A spur winged plover at Hoopers Inlet, Dunedin. Olympus E-1 with Vivitar 120-600 mm f/5.6-8 (OM mount, adapted to Four Thirds mount). 1/400 s, f/8, ISO 400. Mounted on a tripod with a gimbal head.
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At Hoopers Inlet on the Otago Peninsula, this white faced heron is emerging from its hiding place behind a patch of grass. Olympus E-1 with Vivitar 120-600 mm f/5.6-8 (OM mount, adapted to Four Thirds mount). 1/500 s, f/8, ISO 400. Mounted on a tripod with a gimbal head.
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Paradise ducks grazing at Hoopers Inlet, Dunedin. Olympus E-1 with Vivitar 120-600 mm f/5.6-8 (OM mount, adapted to Four Thirds mount). 1/500 s, f/8, ISO 400. Mounted on a tripod with a gimbal head.
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Foxgloves in the late afternoon sun at Hoopers Inlet, Dunedin. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO and MC-14 1.4x teleconverter. 1/2500 s, f/4, ISO 200.

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