The most colourful

As I wrote in my previous post, the Red Phalarope is one of the most colourful birds of the tundra. Brightly orange coloured, it looks like the bird would be easy to find. Nothing could be more untrue. The orange blends in perfectly with the colour of the moss on the tundra and often the birds stay well hidden.

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Red Phalarope – 400mm, 1/250s, f/8.0, ISO 400

During our landing at Sundneset, however, they were easy to find. At least nine birds were feeding on the shores of a small lake and, with a little patience, they would come within a few meters. Just sit still, watch and take pictures. As there was very little wind and the birds were always on the shore of the pond, it was an excellent opportunity to play a bit with the reflection in the water.

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Red Phalarope – 380mm, 1/250s, f/8.0, ISO 400

 

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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