Ugly ducks

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Barnacle Goose in flight

Before I went to Spitsbergen the first time, I wasn’t really interested in geese. They were just uninteresting birds that made a lot of noise… But after spending 6 months watching Barnacle Geese in Ny Ålesund, Spitsbergen, things have changed a little. Now they’re interesting birds and I even start to like them. However, I still don’t have that many pictures of them… Only a few from my time in Ny Ålesund and not many in the Netherlands either. Last Friday I was in polder Breebaard in the north-east of the province of Groningen. Several special birds had been seen, but they were either gone, invisible or too far away for a good picture. So I spent some time with flying Barnacle Geese, like this one. I hope you like it too!

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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