Wild Bird Trust photographers of the week
It is always a great pleasure to get my work published by Steve Boyes and Wild Bird Trust on National Geographics News Watch and to have three this time feels great. I haven´t been active sending pictures to them because of other things taking up much of my time lately, but I will write more about that during the week.
So what do I have on show at National Geographic this time?
Well it is two pictures from last summer and my visit to Hungary together with one picture that I took in Skåne during Eastern this year. The Hungarian picture presents the two biggest reasons why I went to Hungary in the first place. I wanted to take photo of European Bee-eater and Hoopoe. The third and last picture depicts one of the reasons why I went to Skåne and Fyledalen and that was to capture the white morph of the Common Buzzard.
All three pictures has something in common and that is food. The Hoopoe is coming back to the nest site with food for the chicks, the European Bee-eater is taking off with an intent to catch food and the Common Buzzards are fighting over food.
I think they are great in their own way and show traits that are clear for all three species, but if I would choose one picture myself, then it would be the Common Buzzards. I like that action shot very much and just by looking at it I clearly hear the shriek from the white Buzzard. It was complaining all the time until the bigger Buzzard snapped and chased it away. There are many things I like about the picture. I like the colors, how the bird is shrieking, the flying snow from the take off, the locked eyes, the sharpness, the wing movement and how the fleeing bird is turning. This for me is a really good picture and the only thing I think could make the picture better is probably a little smoother bokeh.
Thank you Wild Bird Trust for choosing three of my pictures this time and it feels really great to see that they all have the common aspect of food. I am not sure if that was the intent, but it makes me glad as I always try to portrait something more than just a sitting bird.