Day 2. Texel
My first morning in Texel started well. I photographed a beautiful sunrise with a traditional windmill, and after that I had a very good session with Avocets. Some pairs have young ones hatched already and I found them surprisingly approachable. I went for low angle shots to get some portraits of adult birds with young ones at eye level.
This morning I noticed that there are quite a few other photographers on the island as well. I counted 15 of them at the same site! Maybe because of that Avocets are quite used to the photographers?
After the early morning session I took a different road back to my accommodation to have a breakfast, and I found Black-tailed Godwits in a meadow with nice flowers! Good photo opportunity there.
I noticed that Black-tailed Godwits here are not quite so colourful compared to those in Finland! Does this mean that our Godwits are race ‘Islandica’ or is there cline between these two distinctive races?
The whole evening I spent close to a reed bed where Marsh Harriers were regularly flying. Apparently they have their nest here. It was possible to photograph birds from the car, which is often a good mobile hide for a photographer. Unfortunately all photographers didn’t realise that - at this site it would have been important to be inside the car. I admit that it is not so easy to take pictures from the car, but it is often better for the birds when a photographer stays in the car! Anyhow, we don’t want to disturb our beloved photography subjects, the birds, do we? I shot mainly vertical shots of Harrier, since I wanted to show a large part of its breeding habitat – the reed bed – together with the bird.
After the sunset I drove back to my accommodation and I noticed owl inside the forest along the road. My first impression was Tawny Owl, but when I drove back I noticed that it was ”just” a Long-eared Owl. I managed to get some photos of the bird with high ISO figures. Owls are my favourite subjects to photograph.
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