Almost Xmas


Last year a new tradition was started on Birdpix, a Dutch website for bird photography. A group of users announced a contest where people have to make a picture of a relatively common bird species, the winner will be announced just before Christmas. Last year they chose the Magpie and this year the Pheasant. Normally I would just walk passed a Peacock and wouldn’t point my camera to it, but this changed things a little. I had just read the announcement of this contest on my phone, when this male Pheasant showed up somewhere in the dunes on Texel. I chose a low point of view, putting some vegetation in front of the bird, creating a bit a soft effect, with the bright colours of the Pheasant sticking out. I don’t know if I’m going to win, but I’m quite satisfied with the picture 🙂

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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