When it comes to bearded reedlings you want to photograph the males. The females are beautiful as well but they lack the characteristic sideburn. Read more

During the Christmas holidays I, together with my wife, stayed in Zeeland for a couple of days. I brought my camera with but this morning I decided to leave it in the car. There was a lot of wind and I couldn’t image myself lying on the beach to get sandblasted. After a long walk we spotted this sealpup and were unsure whether or not it was still alive. I decided to get closer and I could see that it was still breathing. Read more

Sanderlings are quite common birds. You can encounter them in many places along the Dutch coast. I usually visit the Brouwersdam to photograph them. But sometimes you need a change of scenery. This morning I went to Kwade Hoek, together with Wim Boon. This was the first time I  went to Kwade Hoek, although it had been on my list for quite a while. And now I know why: it feels remote.

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There were plenty of subjects to photograpgh this morning. And after more than an hour suddenly I find it hard to keep pushing for another image. Maybe because the abundance of subject makes me think that I can give it another try during the next couple of weeks.

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When I just got my 500mm lens I made a list of subjects I wanted to photograph. in the next couple of months.  The Black-tailed Godwit was high on my list, together with sanderlings and bearded reedlings. Given that it was early January I started with sanderlings and bearded reedlings. The sanderlings were quite easy to photograph, I had no luck with the bearded reedlings.

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It’s not difficult to scare a tree frog, especially the little ones. Stepping on some of the lower branches or positioning a tripod leg in the bramble bushes can be enough to scare them. Read more