Wild Bird Trust photographers of the week
I have one picture chosen by Wild Bird Trust in this week’s edition of Top 25 Wild Photographs of the week. It is a picture from my first visit to Knuthöjdsmosse here in Sweden, a famous place for Red-throated Diver photography.
I will surely go to Knuthöjsmosse more times, and then with a better timing than this time. The problem was not that I didn´t have anything to photo just that the activity was low as the adults where laying on egg. This is the famous case of not doing a properly research before visiting a new area. I now know that the best time is from the middle of July to the middle of August as the egg hatch somewhere in the middle of July raising the activity from the parents as they search for food elsewhere and in the middle of August the chicks start to try their wings making that time interesting.
This is the picture that was chosen by Wild Bird Trust.
The hour was early as the first rays of sunlight just had reached over the treetops. It was a really nice and still morning with a light that was fabulous. The activity was low, but I had this wild bird in a big pond just to the right of the wood platform that I had for myself this morning. I used my bag hide to disappear, from the birds and mosquitoes, and it worked like a charm.
My thoughts about the picture was that I wanted to include the lichen with reflections to show the habitat and make the picture something more. I liked the setting so it was just to wait and see if the Red-throated Diver would come my way or not.
As you understand by the picture it did. It actually used the small part of the pond just in front of me to search for food, and at times it was just a couple of meters from me where I lay on the wooden platform taking pictures of this nice looking wild bird.
I had two glorious mornings and two nice afternoons at Knuthöjdsmosse and if want to see more of my Red-throated Diver picture follow this link: Red-throated Diver.