Early morning in summer, visiting the Dunes
So after the new kid in town, see previous blog, time for an early morning in the dunes and some of the meadows leading up to the dunes. I returned to the Amsterdamse waterleidingduinen, but still want to photograph the wisent in the other part of the dunes here in the Netherlands.
Getting up really early, as summer is ready to start, heading towards the dunes at 5:00am. Quite early but once there I was too late, go figure. Not a deal breaker, but just a reminder, top of summer, sunrise is early! Add the short time of the actual sunrise I only got one perfect lit photo.
The dunes were at the most part interesting up till 9:00am. Around this time the sun was already high in the sky, harsh light and the animals were already looking for some sort of shelter. Within a half an hour no birds were seen or heard. No foxes either, that was a real shame.
So it was time to leave and get to the nearby meadows and wetland(s). There the birds were still active and I had some nice shots. All in all not the greatest portfolio photos, but still fun nonetheless.
There were some small birds, mainly sedge warblers (rietzanger), some reed buntings (rietgors) and one or two bluethroats (blauwborst). Furthermore there were a lot of spoonbills (lepelaar), but as last time they were almost 100m away. Still there were a few very active avocets (kluut), which are always nice to see.
In the end it was a nice and relaxt morning, with a few good photos, not the best, but it's all about going out and shoot. You need to do, to improve and to get inspiration ... and repeat, obviously.
All images were taken with the Fujifilm X-T2 and the Fujinon 100-400mm, except the wide shots, taken with the Fujinon 10-24mm. All photos of this morning you'll find below, click to see full screen (any photo). Click to view larger in a light box and navigate with mouse or arrow keys. Enjoy!