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Winter time for our garden birds

Winter time for our garden birds

Birds in survival modus We had some serious cold weather coming in from the east last week. In one night we had 20 cm of fresh snow and temperatures stayed well below zero for more than a week. All the garden birds went into survival modus and a lot of them stayed very close to our house for shelter and food. Apart from consuming more calories the birds have other tactics to survive the extreme...

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Grey beach Hipstas

Grey beach Hipstas

We love the beach along the North Sea. This is where we grew up, making it our definition of a beach. Even so the beach is never the same. Rain or shine, storm or fog, the colors and shapes of the sea, the sand and the clouds change all the time. Over the years I have made thousands of Hipstas of the beach of Bergen aan Zee. For this post I made a somewhat grey selection to reflect the crazy...

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Tree silhouette Hipstas

Tree silhouette Hipstas

Trees are living things and every one of them is unique in its form. They grow, straight or twisted, big or small, depending on the soil their roots stand in, the water level, the wind they are exposed to. I love to picture them as silhouettes, without leaves, when their bare shape is visible. Therfore my tree silhouette Hipstas are often spooky, most of them taken in the winter and in low...

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Woodpecker breeding season

Woodpecker breeding season

Busy times for our woodpeckers Regular visitors to our garden are the great spotted woodpeckers. A beautiful sight with their pied black and white plumage and a red patch on the lower belly. Males and young birds also have red markings on the head. Currently they are nesting in holes in big trees nearby. Their nests are mere holes excavated in living or dead trees, unlined apart from wood chips....

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Acrobatic kingfishers

Acrobatic kingfishers

Tireless flying acrobats In Holland the corona lockdown is somewhat loosened so Willem decided to spend some time in a bird hide taking pictures of the common kingfisher. One of the most beautiful birds resident here. At the moment they are nesting and very busy catching fish for their youngsters in the nest. As there are usually 6-7 hungry chicks to feed this fishing expedition goes on...

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Lockdown garden birds

Lockdown garden birds

Corona lockdown photography Here in Holland we are in corona lockdown since early March. As a result we hardly see our family and friends, we work from home and our photography trips abroad have been postponed. Suddenly we have time to spend in our garden which is on the edge of a forest along the Dutch coast. It is spring time so our garden is a busy place full of birds and small mammals....

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Baobab forests in Ruaha

Baobab forests in Ruaha

Ancient baobab forests under pressure. Ruaha is Tanzania’s largest national park. It derives it’s name from the Ruaha River, which flows…

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London visit Hipstas

London visit Hipstas

We spent a few days in London for the launch of the Remembering Lions book. During those days we also visited the Wonderful Things exhibition of Tim Walker in the Victoria and Albert Museum. This exhibition explored the creative process of one of the world's most inventive photographers, through his pictures, films, photographic sets, and special installations. Walker has been creating signature...

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