Black, white and red


Red-breasted Goose - Roodhalsgans - Branta ruficollis
A Red-breasted Goose in a mixed flock of Brent and Barnacle Geese in the frost

The past weeks have been really cold in the Netherlands with temperatures below 0 also during the day. Even though there wasn’t any snow most of the Netherlands was still white as it was covered in frost. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to take pictures until the last day of the year.


On Schiermonnikoog it was quite foggy, which gave together with the frost a really nice impression. There were many flocks of Barnacle and Brent Geese on the island. Pictures of groups like that are almost black and white, except when there is a Red-breasted Goose in between them to brighten up the picture. Red-breasted Geese can be notorious difficult to find, however this one somehow showed up easily every time.
Barnacle Goose - Brandgans - Branta leucopsis
A flock of Barnacle Geese in a frost covered farmland

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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