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.