One week

Coot

Only a week ago the Netherlands was in the grip of cold weather and snow. As I only had little time to enjoy this short bit of winter, I went to a small ice holes in one of the canals near my home. This ice hole was occupied by several Coots, Mallards and a few Moorhens. The Coots regularly came ashore to feed on the grass. Always a difficult subject to photograph, a largely black bird, with a bit  pure white in the snow… I’ve tried it before on a sunny day, but the contrasts were too large at this time, which made it nearly impossible to take a good picture. A week ago the conditions were better, overcast, so with less contrast.
The grey edge at the bottom is a road in front of the bird.

Now, one week later, nearly all the ice has gone and it’s almost 25 degrees warmer….

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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