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The Bird is on the Wing

22 Oct 2019 - 17 Nov 2019


Tuesday 22 October 2019, 9.00am - Sunday 17 November 2019, 4.00pm

9am-4pm daily


Estuary Arts Centre, 214 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland

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Plenty of free parking


kim Boyd

09 426 5570


The Bird is on the Wing has been inspired by hours, weeks and months spent searching, sitting, observing and learning about the behaviour and habitat of NZ birds.

Through photography and printmaking, Paul and Deborah strive to capture the personalities and stories from a wide range of NZ birds, many of which are beginning to thrive in predator-free sanctuaries throughout NZ. 

Deborah and Paul are based in Matakana, Auckland. This is their first solo exhibition.

They picked up photography together four years ago. About the same time, Deborah became a print maker.

They have travelled around NZ ever since in search of subjects for inspirational bird photographs or prints. It may be a “coy” sacred kingfisher or an Australasian gannet portrayed in an impressionist style.

Whatever the creative process, the aim is for their images to stir up unexpected feelings and thoughts in the viewer.

Deborah and Paul’s greatest teachers have been the birds themselves. Their hearts and minds have been transformed by NZ native birds.

Around their home, they have undertaken extensive native bush rejuvenation and a trapping programme to reduce the numbers of possums and rats, which are a serious threat to NZ native birds.

Last autumn, they were rewarded when a kaka fed daily from a totara next to their deck.

“My artistry focuses on the beauty of things which are random. Wildlife operates within its own free will. The bird flies its own path” – Scott Bourne.


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