Do you remember Mario’s story: ‘How bird photography changed my life’, here on visual strands? Do have a look if you haven’t.
I love ‘behind the scenes’ looks, don’t you? So today I’m sharing a private look behind the scenes of Mario’s (Dutch) bird photography. These snapshots span quite a few years and were made by me, using a regular camera or iPhone.
And so they actually also give you an insight in a peculiar little hobby of mine: birder-watching. Or, photographing-the-photographer. Very entertaining. Of course I asked Mario if he’d mind. His response was: ‘I have no pride’. Which, of course, is good enough for me ;)
Ah the life of a bird photographer. It’s not all glamour you know. You used to have to lug heavy equipment around:
Looking for birds isn’t always easy, other wildlife tends to creeps up on you too:
A little assistance comes in handy, you might miss something whilst checking your photos:
You need a lot of patience, especially when it’s turning dark (and then your wife gets in the way a little):
You return to the same spot several times over the years:
Then when you spot the bird you have to act quickly, stealthy…
Sometimes it gets downright uncomfortable:
And a little embarrassing:
But you do get to visit some beautiful spots:
I hope you enjoyed this little peek behind the scenes (and Mario doesn’t kill me ;))
©Yvonne de Jonge. All photos were taken by me, right here in the Netherlands.