Rare birds

River Warbler

In earlier years I was quite a fanatic birder. Counting breeding birds, reading rings, twitching rare birds. Over the past years I lost more and more interest in birds and especially in chasing rare birds. Birds still can be interesting as long as I can take a nice picture, but I’m not interesting in investing a lot of time. Last weekend a River Warbler was found in the north of the city of Groningen. Today I decided to have a look, maybe I could take some pictures or even film or record the sound. When I arrived the bird was singing fanatically. After I took 3 pictures, it flew off and apparently thought it was enough for today. The next hour he didn’t show himself and hardly made any sound. So after that hour I decided it was enough and I went home. Maybe I’ll try another time later this week. Now I’ve tried once, I want to have some good pictures and film as well….

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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