Ross Curtis

Ross Curtis

Ross Curtis is a fledging freelance photographer specialising in wildlife and landscape photography particularly throughout southern New Zealand and on many of its offshore islands. He has a close understanding and passion for the natural world having been involved in wildlife conservation since the early 1990s, particularly in the preservation of New Zealand's threatened birds. He has a B.Sc (Majoring in Conservation & Ecology) as well as a Post-graduate Diploma in Wildlife Management. Photographic qualification includes a Diploma in Freelance Photography with the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies.

He started out in the early 1990s with the traditional SLR using transparency or slide film, favouring Fujichrome Provia and Velvia. Digital photography has been come along in leaps and bounds over the past decade and Ross made the transition in 2005 starting out with the Canon 20D 8.3mp, with an upgrade to the Canon 5D 12.8mp a few years later. He has added the incredible Canon 1D MarkIV 16.1mp while utilising a broad range of L-series professional lenses. He has only recently taken photography 'to the next level' by turning professional in 2010.

In 2011 he is still involved in selected wildlife conservation projects as well as making more regular photographic excursions and over the course of the next few years he hopes to improve his profile as a professional and practising wildlife/landscape photographer in New Zealand and Australia.

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View up the north branch from Clinton Forks across the Clinton River, Milford Track, New Zealand

Clinton Valley (view from Mackinnon Pass), Milford Track, New Zealand

Fiordland Crested Penguin ashore to feed chicks, Knights, Point, New Zealand

The Franz Joseph Glacier, West Coast, New Zealand

South Island Brown Kiwi, New Zealand

Kakapo ('Hoki') up in a manuka stand, Codfish Island, New Zealand

Reflective view across Lake Matheson of the Southern Alps (Mts Tasman & Cook), New Zealand

New Zealand Falcon incubating chicks at Burwood Bush Reserve, New Zealand

The New Zealand sea lion (Phocarctos hookeri) is also known as Hooker’s sea lion, and to M?ori as whakahao. Its main food is fish and cephalopods such as squid and octopus. Adults males are classically dark brown, with a mane of thick hair about the neck and shoulders and can weigh up to 400 kg. Females weigh about half that and are a creamy yellow colour. The main breeding grounds are the subantartic islands but sea lions do appear to be returning to breed on the Otago coastline. The sea lions like sandy beaches just like Cannibal Bay, hauling onto the beach and sand dunes. They are the world’s most threatened sea lion species, with fewer than 12,000 individuals remaining.

The Mavora Lakes are amongst an impressive landscape of mountains, lakes, forest and tussock grassland, recognised as part of the Te W?hipounamu/South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area. It is a popular camping area during summer with opportunities for trout fishing, water sports, horse trekking, tramping and mountain biking.

Petrified tree stump at Curio Bay in southern New Zealand. A rock forest of tree stumps is found here on the southern coastline

Located on the Catlins Coast, a 10 minute walk through mixed podocarp and beech forest brings you to the best known of the Catlins forest waterfalls. The Purakaunui Falls are a cascading multi-tiered waterfall on the Purakaunui River.

A South Island Robin alights upon an old lichen-ridden fence post in the Kaikoura Ranges, New Zealand

Takahe Valley in the Murchison Mountains, Fiordland, New Zealand