Birdwatching abroad

Rufous-collared Sparrow
Rufous-collared Sparrow

When I walk around in the Netherlands I recognise most birds. Even without paying too much attention I know what birds are around me and if there is something unusual around. In South America this is something completely different. Even with a lot of effort I have no clue what I’m looking at. No sounds are familiar, no birds that I know (well, ok, apart from the ever present House Sparrows…). This is frustrating, but also really nice. This Rufous-collared Sparrow is one of the most common passerine species around here, but for me it’s still so unusual that I spent quite some time today getting some nice pictures.

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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