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December 2019: The number of birds of prey in The Netherlands is increasing according to the latest information! Isn’t that great news? Personally I love the raptors and especially white-tailed eagles, goshawks, kestrels and sparrow hawks. Naturally the buzzard is a great raptor too, though, in my humble opinion, a little less spectacular in terms of colors and feather detail.

December 2019: Last week I’ve been to the southern part of The Netherlands to shoot sparrow hawks and goshawks. At least that was the plan. The weather forecast was not too bad, but during the day the light conditions turned out to be really “challenging” !

I managed to take some acceptable Buzzard shots but, unfortunately, no photos of other raptors. Most probably they got scared-off by the presence of the buzzards – or due the loud noise of some nearby motorcrossers.

During the day I captured some other small birds and small mammals too!

Roodborstje / Robin / Erithacus rubecula
Approaching Common Buzzard / Buteo buteo!
Common Buzzard / Buteo buteo at lunch!

December 2019: This week I’ve visited a location at the Dutch coast to shoot some foxes. Apparently their hole was located between (or near) the big rocks that are protecting the shore/waterway. The weather was surprisingly acceptable. Although there was a cold wind, it was dry and there were some sunny moments too! Lucky enough I got my Fjallraven windjack protecting me from the ice cold wind! I arrived early and had to be very patience for a couple of hours until finally one beautiful fox showed itself allowing for some nice images. The constantly moving (restless but also relaxed) fox went from rock to rock, using the space between the rocks to disappear and then showing up 30 meters further to the left or right, making it a challenge to get some good images. The icing on the cake was the moment it decided to walk over to the sandy beach and along the tide line! What a lovely moments with this little beautiful fox dressed in it’s awesome winter fur jacket!

A day at the coast!
Strolling along the beach!

November 2019. I finally managed to make some changes to my website, although I am still not satisfied with the whole set up! Bare with me until I manage to make some final updates in the coming weeks!

November 2019: I am excited about ongoing discussions regarding a possible near future exhibition of some of my photos at an art gallery! I hope to further inform you about developments, including a date and location, in the coming weeks!

November 2019: This month I’ve visited a bird-hide in the southern part of The Netherlands to capture some birds of prey in an autumn setting. During the day a juvenile Northern Goshawk visited the site and even stayed there for more then one hour allowing me to take some great portrait shots. The juvenile hawks really have beautiful feathers! Naturally some other small and large (buzzards) birds and some red squirrels visited the site resulting into some other great images!

January 2019. Africa kept calling and I/we could not resist to plan a trip to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa! Planning the trip always gives a lot of fun and excitement, although it’s a real struggle to find the accommodation you want. There is limited accommodation available and there are many people visiting the park. Anyhow, we managed to get accommodation near the main entrance and up north in an unfenced “tented camp”! During the trip we met with some Dutch and South African friends who too are members of the photo site Flickr.com.

During this incredible trip we saw many great Black-maned Kgalagadi lions, Cheetahs, Cape fox, raptors and other small and big animals in their natural environment or near the water holes along the two main roads. The cherry on the cake was the meeting with a beautiful leopard near the park exit on the last evening of our stay. I’ve seen and captured many leopards in the last years but this was the first one within this park.

Cheetah in the morning light and dust!
Black-maned Kgalagadi King!
Cape fox in the early morning light!
Kgalagadi Lioness

October/November 2018: I’ve traveled to wild Poland in 2018 to photograph the “endangered” White-Tailed Eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla). During this trip all came together: light, detail, focus, poses, interaction and beautiful autumn background! Some spectaculair images of this trip are published in my newest book which can be purchased via the Blurb Bookstore (https://www.blurb.com/b/9703155-white-tailed-eagles)!

The White-tailed Eagle is a so called “Bird of prey” (sometimes called raptors, which is derived from the Latin word rapio). Their wing-spread is about 2,4 meters! Although their numbers declined (mostly due human interference and human activities, including destruction of habitat, the use of pesticides and hunting) they are now slowly recovering in numbers, though still listed as vulnerable. White-tailed eagles are part of the Accipitridae family (including hawks, kites and harriers and other sea eagles).

White-tailed Eagle during golden hour!
Approaching immature White-tailed Eagle!
Approaching immature White-tailed Eagle!

May 2018: Meanwhile I have been busy traveling to some national and international destinations. This first blog is about the recent trip to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National park and Kruger Wildtuin. Our stay at Kruger was very nice with a lot of lion sightings and we also captured an awesome bathing scene of Elephants! Naturally we also saw, though limited, some beautiful rollers! Some photos can be seen hereunder!

naamloos-14-8-imp (1)                                     Lilac Breasted Roller!

On our way to the Kruger Wildtuin we saw some beautiful Sunbirds posing for us in the sun!

Our stay at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was as usually great with many sightings and special moments! It was great to meet some South African friends (Flickr) and to spend some valuable time together! Unfortunately we did not see any leopard but at a number of occasions we saw -and captured- lions, cheetah, some other predators and some nice birds of prey. This park somehow never fails to deliver! We will for sure plan another visit to this amazing park in the near future!

Clockwise from left: Bateleur; African Wild Cats; Cheetah’s resting in the shade!

Some other photo’s of lions and bathing elephants will be uploaded shortly. 

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