Saturday, 25 October 2008

Master of camouflage

An earnest wish came true. Today I photographed Snipes (Gallinago gallinago/Watersnip) at close range. This master of camouflage decorated the last 100 Dutch guilder banknote (before the introduction of the euro on January 1, 2002); by the way the most beautiful design of paper money I have ever seen.
Snipes might look a bit stocky and slow, but this is certainly not the case. They are exremely fast and have an unprecedented catapulting and erratic zig-zag flight.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Who's afraid of yellow?

Autumn provides loads of colors and an abundance of interesting subjects to photograph. I took this picture in the early morning along the road to which I cycle to my work.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Secret light

The secret light just before sunrise on a ordinary autumn day. This photo shows “Het Starven” on the “Strabrechtse Heide”.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Birdpix weekend 2008

The tradional “Birdpix” photo event is held in the first weekend of October on Terschelling, one of the Dutch islands in the Wadden Sea. Birdpix ( is an Internet community for bird photography.
This year the weather was rough and stormy, sometimes resulting in bizarre skies. On the first photo you see heavy clouds in all shades of gray above the Wadden Sea, with just a touch of sunlight. The next photo demonstrates the process of early natural dune formation. As for bird photography, I want to show the ‘reptilian’ head of a Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo/Aalscholver) and a delicat vagrant of the Siberian taiga, viz. Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus/Bladkoning). The latter was photographed in the rain.