Photographing birds is my favourite thing to do when it comes to all different sorts of nature photography. It doesn't matter where in the world you are they are always flying around somewhere. Making a good picture of a bird is often very challenging. Finding the right spot for a good picture is on of the most important things. Lots of pictures where made far from home in countrys like South-Africa, Namibia, United States, Mexico or Spain. But also often made close to my home in the Netherlands. Sometimes it happens that when you find a good location you can sit for hours in a hide without seeing anything. The next day on the same spot you can see a lot within a short period.

Studying behaviour is always a fun thing to do. Birds are very keen on they’re own territory. Often a lot of small fights occur between the birds and that is a funny thing to watch. But that is also a difficult thing. The more pictures i make the more challenging I want them to be. I used to be happy with a bird on a branch but now I want to capture them flying, fighting, eating or making love. The best moments in photography are when challenging pictures work out perfectly.

Underneath here you will find a collection of those challenging moments that worked out great for me.

Owl cloase upPurple roller, South-AfricaDucks.Bold eagle.Ducks in the mist.Long eared owl through the leafs.Bea eater.Robin during winter.Herron in sunrise light.Flying falcon.Geese in the fog.Kingfisher on fense.Flying hummingbird 2, U.S.Eagle.Traffic sign with buzzard.Buzzard.Kingfisher, BotswanaGeese in the mistBird on reed stalk, NetherlandsFlying goose during sunrise.Nuthatch on tree, NetherlandsSwans in red pool, NetherlandsBlack head female on side of tree, NetherlandsClose up of infant owl, South-AfricaNuthatch on side of tree, NetherlandsLong-eared Owl close upHerron during sunsetGiant kingfiser close up, South-AfricaKingfisher 3, NetherlandsFlying hummingbird 2, U.S.LinnetHummingbird close up, U.S.Tufted duck in the mist.Flying hummingbird 3, U.S.Minimalistic swans.SkylarkPied kingfisher in the air, South-AfricaLong-eared owl in tree 2, NetherlandsFlying kingfisher with fishLonely geese.Long-eared owl in tree, NetherlandsWoodpecker on branch, NetherlandsFlying hummingbird 7, U.S.Herron close upSunbird within flower, South-AfricaWhite breasted dipper in Scotland.Goldeneye ducks.Kingfisher on branch, South-AfricaGoose in pink reflection.Close up of African Penguin, South-AfricaBea eater with bea, SpainReed Singer on Reed stalk, NetherlandsAfrican fish eagle with fish, BotswanaLilac breasted roller, NamibiaWeaver bird on flower, South-AfricaFlying hummingbird 7, U.S.Kingfisher with fishBuzzard on branch, NetherlandsBea eaters on branch, SpainBlue crowned mot mot front, MexicoOwl in green treeBea eater on branch, SpainSwallow landing on branch, NetherlandsSwallow, South-AfricaGround hornbill, South-AfricaRedhead shrike on branch, SpainHornbill on branch, South-AfricaBea eater in the wind, SpainAfrican Penguin, South-AfricaClose up of owl, South-AfricaBurchells coucal, South-AfricaGiant kingfisher with fish, South-AfricaWoodland kingfisher on branch, South-AfricaYellow canarie on branch 2, SpainNuthatch on side of tree, NetherlandsBlack head female on top of tree, NetherlandsKingfisher 2, NetherlandsHummingbird 1, U.S.Sunbird 1. South-AfricaPenguins feeding each other, Sout-AfricaClose up of Guinefowl, South-AfricaBird of prey in NamibiaBird on reed stalk 2, NetherlandsHornbill on branch, South-AfricaHigh key ground hornbill, South-AfricaSwan in red pool, NetherlandsSwans during sunrise, Netherlands
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