From ocean-going giants to teeny, tiny rock-hoppers, photographer Edin Whitehead travelled the length of New Zealand and beyond to capture images for new book The Brilliance of Birds. It wasn't all plain-sailing, she tells Kim Knight.

There's a southerly screaming across the Waitematā and the trees on Edin Whitehead's North Shore front lawn are shaking violently. It's weather for taking wing. Bird weather.

The 25-year-old University of Auckland PhD student (seabird population health) opens the door to a flat decorated with fantail cushions and huia tablecloths. That is a storm petrel on her T-shirt.

"I've grown up with birds," Whitehead

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