Strange times

As you can see by the lack of posts for the past months, not much is happening here. Due to COVID-19 all trips have been cancelled and there’s only this much I can do with old photo’s. Hopefully this will change soon, though I’m afraid it might still take a while before it’s sensible to get people on ships to the Polar regions again…

Eurasian Hoopoe, Groningen, the Netherlands

For some reason, I don’t go out to photograph too often at home. But when something nice shows up near my, I happily make an exception. Like this week, when I heard there was a Hoopoe seen in my hometown. Hoopoes usually occur to the east and south of the Netherlands, but every year a few show up. I had seen one before in the Netherlands (and some in Spain and Poland), but that was many years ago already. This one picked an extremely boring place on a parking lot of an industrial area. So no spectacular landscapes around the bird. But fortunately, the bird easily made up for that. It looked in good health, was foraging continuously and was really tame. At one point it was walking at around 1m distance from me (far too close for my camera to focus). I think I spent around an hour with the bird before I went home again to have a look at all the 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.


One comment

  • Dear Arjen

    Beautiful bird… beautiful pictures… I miss your post… I miss working with you… hopefully hopefully 2021 will be the year of change for the world…

    Hope you are doing okay otherwise…

    Best wishes and a strong Little Bear hug… Ursula



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