Patience the key for bird photographer

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A selection of Eastern Southland photographer Glenda Rees’ works make up the latest exhibition at the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre.
The exhibition centres on bird life.
It came about as the result of Rees taking a photo of a friend with a kaka on her shoulder, she said.
The friend posted the photo on Facebook and from there Rees was invited to exhibit at the Mandeville venue.
Rees had had one of the photographs in the exhibition, and one other not on display, accepted by the British Ornithological Society Bird Photographer of the Year competition.
She said her photos were the result of many hours patiently waiting that involved crawling, lying and sitting in the birds’ natural environment, and travelling far and wide.
“I enjoy being in touch with nature and have discovered beautiful parts of New Zealand,” Rees said.
“I became interested in bird photography in 2011 following two trips to Africa.
“Since then I have won several national and international awards, as well as being a finalist in the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year, D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year, and the Bird Photographer of the Year (International) run by the British Ornithological Society,” she said.
Rees has also had photos published in New Zealand Geographic, D-Photo, New Zealand Photographer, Birds New Zealand (Ornithological Society), Forest&Bird, and the New Zealand Birds Online website, which is a digital encyclopedia of birds found in New Zealand.
Birds Online was operated as a joint venture between Te Papa and Birds New Zealand, she said.
Visitors and patients in Gore Hospital can view a collection of Rees’ images which are on display at the venue.
“I have donated several images to the hospital in Gore and also have images at Balclutha Hospital, on environmental interpretative panels throughout New Zealand, and for the use of Forest&Bird.
“Usually I enter nature photography competitions where it is important to show the environment and no modifications are permitted to the original image that may alter the truth of what was captured,” she said.
For the Mandeville exhibition, Rees’ selection includes some of those nature images but also some that portray birds in a more artistic and aesthetic manner.
“This is my first exhibition and I am happy to receive any feedback.”
The exhibition started on January 20 and runs until late April.