Group size

Little Auks at the colony

One thing I have tried several times already in previous years was capturing the size of those huge flocks of Little Auks flying around at their colonies. I guess we all know the BBC footage (often filmed on Spitsbergen by the way) of those big flocks flying overhead when a predator shows up. Really impressive, but somehow I never really managed to capture it on a picture. This year I tried it a little different. I focussed on the rocks in front of the colony with a wide-angle lens and waited for a group to fly by. Often it didn’t work. The group was either too smal, too high or not at the right place, but sometimes it worked out like I had in mind. And especially with the nice sky behind, this picture shows the story I wanted to tell.

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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