Interaction – part I

Brown Skuas

Photography often is about being at the right time at the right place. Now people often call this luck, but this luck can be created by just spending a lot of time outside. If you do that, you will at one point get ‘lucky’ and see the special moment you’ve been looking for.

In this case there was a Brown Skua sitting in the snow and I had just grabbed my camera to take a high key image of one lonely skua in a white world when a second skua showed up. Suddenly the image I had in mind had disappeared as the skua wasn’t lonely anymore. But now the second skua started displaying and calling to the other. So I quickly placed myself in such a way that the skuas were not behind each other and started shooting away.

In this image you see one bird showing off to the other, who has a sort of submissive pose…

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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