Maybe you have noticed that I haven't been around much lately on Flickr. Next to the computer crash which took me off-line for nearly two weeks, at work, we had been working on a transaction that caused an extreme workload for the past year or so. Especially the last two months were exhausting and stressful. It not only affected me, but of course also Hans. So, Friday a week ago, when all signatures were finally placed, immediately after getting home, Hans and I packed our bags, started up the "Tembo" and were off for the Biesbosch; my favorite Dutch Nature area.
The Biesbosch is like a natural tranquilizer. Took me 3 whole days to de-stress (and the pictures I took in those days were not much to look at) but finally I could shake off work.
We saw the most beautiful things. An Osprey with fish (really rare in Holland), Purple herons (equally rare), a row-deer buck swimming and dozens of Kingfishers. But with those, being in a wobbly rubber boat with the water swept up by quite some wind doesn’t help to capture these beautiful but tiny and shy little birds. It took a lot of shots and even more patience (normally not one of my virtues :-)) but finally I managed to get a few shots right.
This one was taken with the last possible light, with the 100-400 handheld at 1/40sec. Guess luck had a lot to do with it :-)