Wild Bird Trust photographers of the week
It is a pleasure to see that Wild Bird Trust has chosen one of my picture this week.
You can see all 25 picture chosen by Wild Bird trust at National Geographic’s News Watch by following this link.
My picture is again of one a Horned Grebe in breeding plumage. They are unmistakable in summer with the black head with the brown puffy, horn-like, tufts and the deep red eye. Horned grebes have a wide distribution across the Northern hemisphere and are also known as the Devil-diver, Hell-diver, Pink-eyed diver and Water witch.
I think I have managed with what I wanted in this picture. I was lying down on a floating landing-stage in a small lake when I took the photo. I wanted to be as leveled with the water surface as I could be when I took the photo. This individual was clearly used to human presence which made it a little easier than usual.
I like this picture in its simplicity. I know that some people say that the background is disturbing, but I wanted to have some habitat in the picture. It is a strikingly beautiful bird and I hope to do something more next year now that I know where to find them.
Thank you Jan Ristner for giving me the tip about where to find them. This photo would never have been taken without your help.
Over the last weeks I have tried a rubber boat with the single goal to see if I think it can act as a floating platform for next year. I think it might and I am considering trying one out during winter when many birds congregate at the mouth of Säveån just a couple of hundred meters from home. The only difficulty I see is that I probably need a captain for the boat as I can´t handle it while taking photos.