Mike Danesh Meyer

My passion for ornithology and wildlife photography dates back to my early childhood, growing up on the North Shore in Auckland.


Watching and learning the behaviour of the birds commonly seen in around the garden and a nearby bush reserve, taught me that when it comes to photographing birds, patience is paramount. My first camera was an Ashai Pentax Spotmatic and with it I set off to emulate my idol Geoff Moon. While at high school, I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr Moon, a true pioneer in New Zealand ornothogoical circles at the time and an inspirational avian photographer. This meeting further solidified my passion for documenting the beauty and behaviours of our unique birds.

The advent of digital photography has in recent years opened up a whole new world for me with the ability to document wildlife and nature in new and creative ways . I get a great deal of enjoyment in sharing my images and passion for avian photography and in doing so hope to spread awareness and educate others.

I currently use professional digital SLR camera bodies (Nikon D3s,  D800, D2Xs) and a variety of Nikon Lenses. My most frequently used lens include the Nikon 600mm F4 AF-S ED VR and 300mm F2.8 AF-S ED VR. I use the latter from the hide and for shooting birds in flight. To help support these larger lenses I will normally use the Gitzo 3531LSV tripod with a Wimberley II head. Other lenses I use frequently include a Nikon 80-400mm F4.5 AF VR, 12-24mm F2.8 and 24-90mm F2.8. My flash of choice is the Nikon Speedlight SB-900, which I team up with a Better Beamer flash extender on a Wimberley flash bracket when using lenses with a focal length of more than 300mm.

I am a member of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand(Inc), The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand, Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust, New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust, Auckland Photographic Society and the Photographic Society of New Zealand.