Christopher Stephens

Joined: Sep 26, 2015 Last Active: May 28, 2022 iNaturalist NZ

An enthusiast of New Zealand's flora and fauna, with a camera, living in Wellington but always travelling. My hierachy of likes is probably birds, geckos and skinks, then orchids, moths and butterflies, fungi, then everything else. No formal expertise.

I like the idea of people actually making use of my photos, so have licensed them openly. Wouldn't turn down support to take me places, to take more photos (and so to make openly available more photos of more species). Could help on field trips, bioblitz's, etc.

Looking forward to a predator free NZ, including changes to societal attitudes around cats and dogs.

Backcaptured lizards, bugs, fungi, etc to early 2018 when I bought a macro lens, with a few more from 2017 sporadically backcaptured.


Photographic wishlist 2021 results:

Unsuccessful/rollovers to 2022:

  • South Island Lichen Moth
  • Hutton's Speargrass Weevil
  • Katipō
  • a native frog
  • Thismia
  • Forest Ringlet Butterfly - SUCCESS 2022/01/22/23:
  • Rockwren/pīwauwau - didn't see any on the bloody Routeburn. Getting moderately certain people made the bird up. - SUCCESS FINALLY OMG 2022/03/06:
  • Barking/Wellington Green Gecko
  • Ornate Skink
  • Another 50 orchid species - got to 80/124 natives on iNaturalist, plus several tag names. Unfortunately losing a trip to Great Barrier Island (Aotea) and Lake Ohia/Kaimaumau due to weather in October meant missing out on at least ten more, plus some tag named species. A couple like Caladenia bartlettii in particular managed to elude me. New goal is to get to 105.

New photographic wishlist 2022:

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