Red Crossbill
Red Crossbill

Meet another celebrity of the weekend in Helgoland. We met with this guy already while carrying all our stuff from the ferry to the hotel. A quick stop to take a few pictures before we headed to the hotel. But we returned several times. I have many different poses of this male Crossbill (and several of the two females accompanying him), but I like this one the best. It was always clear where the three birds were, as they were almost always surrounded by several birdwatchers or photographers, who attracted lots of passerby’s, asking what special bird they were looking at…

He didn’t look too well, despite filling up on rose hips all the time, especially the last day, after some heavy rains. I hope he survived.

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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