Playing recorded bird calls to attract birds for the purpose of photographing them, is a widely used technique to get a target species to come in to range in a controlled setting.
If you want to get close to your subject, using a hide will be an enormous benefit. Even with a small focal length lens you will still capture plenty of subject matter.
Spend time thinking about the best location for the hide; give consideration to the light direction and background. If a suitable perch cannot be located then it may be worth introducing one.
Kaikoura is a small coastal town on the north eastern coast of New Zealand's south Island. It is about 160 kms north of Christchurch (2 hours drive). In recent years it has become a hub for ecotourism, with whale, seal, dolphin and bird tours all available. It is not only the marine wildlife that draws the tourists, but the wonderful coastal scenery and the spectacular mountain backdrop.
You don't necessarily need to take a pelagic to get close to the wildlife as there are some great spots close to town that are worth exploring.
Snares and Auckland Islands My wife and I were privileged to recently complete a 13 day cruise of the New Zealand and Australian Sub-Antarctic Islands including the Snares, Auckland, Campbell and Macquarie Islands. We were joined by about 50 other passengers including fellowFeathers and Photosmember Sonja. This is the first of a three part trip report.