Category Archives: coot

winter is leaving

With spring already knocking on the door The Netherlands were suddenly hit by a harsh strike of winter in the beginning of March. For a week or so temperatures dropped far below zero and people were actually skating again, which has become a very rare thing. But just as sudden and quick as winter had arrived, it disappeared, and temperature rose to a springy 15 degrees. This coot was finding its way on the melting ice.


Gulls resting on a pond covered with ice and snow, high key photo.

Being an outstanding bird photographer is a difficult business nowadays. One is supposed to be creative at all times and ‘mainstream’ bird photos are not en vogue. Juries of contests are always looking for different kind of photos and winning awards has become almost impossible for me. It keeps me on my toes however and in the past couple of months I have been experimenting with alternative ways of approaching my favorite subjects: birds. Here’s an excerpt of the results.

City cormorant and reflections (in my direct neighborhood).

City coot grazing ashore at the end of the winter (in my direct neighborhood).

Goldfinch resting on a teasel. Perhaps not as alternative as juries would like to see, but at least this is not a straight forward, frame filling photo of the bird 😉