zondag 10 januari 2010

Winter Wonderland

We have had a beautiful winter so far with loads of snow and ice. Ofcourse these are hard times for birds and they have to head out further from there regular feeding grounds in order to find food. For us nature photographers a great time to look for birds and other wildlife as they are more easy to get close to then usual.

In winter times i always host my 1:1 winter workshops wich means i take a fellow photographer with me in my car and we drive around my local patch to look for wildlife or we head out to a certain area to look for birds and wildlife with the main aim at winter visitors and scarce species. Last friday i had another one of those workshops and took fellow photographer Dennis Martens out to our southern province of Zeeland which is well known for its winter waterfowl and waders.

There is always plenty of wildlife around during these harsh and cold days. From White-fronted Geese to Tufted Ducks and from Eurasian Wigeons to Hen Harriers it is a joy to be out even if my fingers freeze off..

Besides these lovely birds we where very pleased to also have a chance at what was a mystery bird to me so far as i could never get a decent shot...the Short-eared Owl. A beautiful Owl species wich is very scarce to our country.

Besides the Short-eared Owl there was another bird high on my wishlist..
This Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) wich is largely nocturnal, spending most of the day in dense cover.Their camouflage is one of the best i have ever seen in the animal kingdom and even now it is not easy to find them so i was very glad to come across this beauty.

Another thing i like about winter time is that low warm sunlight that lights up the wildlife in a very warm and gorgeous setting.

And some more images from the recent trips out into "Winter Wonderland"...

If you are interested in a 1:1 tuition workshop like this one or in one of the other workshops just send me an e-mail for information to: info@jeroenstel.com

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