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Meadow gate in morning light

In Misty Morningland

Group of three Eurasian Spoonbills ( Wikipedia ) , in the wet grasslands on the shore of a little lake in Diemerbos (Diemen Woods)

Diemerbos collection
Diemen, near Amsterdam South East, the Netherlands

[2009-07-08] These are my shots of the day!! YAY :dance:
I saw these Eurasian Spoonbills last Sunday early morning, 15 minutes cycling from my home… well, yes, in my backyard so to say LOL… Never saw them this close… And it was so exciting observing them…
I tell you… I’ll be back there, looking out for them! And I do hope they weren’t just occasionally passing by… :D

(PS – I did go back several times, but no luck – I never saw them again, so they may well have been occasionally passing by that very morning… wasn’t I lucky to catch them!! )

Eurasian Spoonbill is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species – Status: Least Concern
Threats: The species is threatened by habitat degradation through drainage and pollution (e.g. chlorinated hydrocarbons), and is especially affected by the disappearance of reed swamps due to agricultural and hydroelectric development. Over-fishing and disturbance have caused population declines in Greece, and human exploitation of eggs and nestlings for food has threatened the species in the past. The species is also susceptible to avian influenza so may be threatened by future outbreaks of the virus.

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Because of the beauty shown in this picture:
SAFE our waterlands and PROTECT our birds!

Technical details:
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera – captured with 70-300 Tamron lens.
f 4.6 , 1/60 s, focal length 300 mm, ISO 200

TAGS : animals, birds, threatened, wild, wildlife, common Eurasian spoonbill, diemerbos, Dutch, Diemen, Netherlands, green, white, aqua, haze, mist, landscapes, wetlands, waterlands, morning, light, rural, scenery, barnyard


This image was featured on the Redbubble Home Page on Oct. 31, 2009 – That really is a great honour!
Thank you so much, Redbubble!

Inside Solo, vol 17

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Featured in One, two, three (January 9, 2011)
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In misty morningland

Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 5 years ago

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    Superbly captured indeed.. a lovely dreamy quality from the mist and great colours look almost like a wonderful painting… while the focus on the spoonbills and ducks is outstanding.. marvellous work!

  • Awesome… thank you so much for such a wonderful comment and fav. I feel honoured :)

    – steppeland

  • DanielTMiller
    DanielTMillerover 5 years ago

    Wow, amazing shot, I love the mist and the mystery in this shot, beautiful.

  • Thank you so much, Daniel! :)

    – steppeland

  • Roslyn Slater
    Roslyn Slaterover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture. I love the misty greens.

  • Thank you for the kind comment, Roslyn! (and sorry for the late reply :) )

    – steppeland

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnover 5 years ago

    In your backyard? Wow. Fab work, dear steppie :))

  • well… hmmm… here we say: “the wish is the father of the thought” ;) – I am living in a huge apartmentbuilding 6th floor, in a highly populated urban area (Amsterdam Southeast) – so, that backyard is still about 15 minutes cycling from my home… Still, in my experience, that’s as good as my backyard ;) … As urban as it is, we are just spoiled rotten with the marvellous natural areas within walking distance here!
    Thanks a lot for your visit and comment, Colleen! :)

    – steppeland

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnover 5 years ago

    Oh, I like that very much – ‘the wish is the father of the thought’ – would you mind adding it to my Got a favourite quote? thread! It sounds like you have the best of both worlds where you live! And you’re most welcome, sweetie

  • Done ;)

    – steppeland

  • Sanne Thijs
    Sanne Thijsover 5 years ago

    Whoohoo! a homepage for you!! Congrats and enjoy!

  • Wooohoo!! That’s so, so awesome! First one for me!
    Thanks a lot, Sanne!

    – steppeland

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 5 years ago

    BAIE BAIE GELUK met die “Home Page Feature” jy verdien hierdie een !!!

  • Aww, SandraRos, dank je wel – je gelukwensen vanuit Zuid-Afrika betekenen heel veel voor me! :)

    – steppeland

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxover 5 years ago

    Da’s heel mooi Steppe! Van harte!!! Geweldig!
    Goed weekend en groeten!

  • Dank je wel, Hans… dit is echt een topper – fantastich! ben er heel blij mee!
    Fijn weekend voor jou ook! :)

    – steppeland

  • aglaia b
    aglaia bover 5 years ago

  • :D – thanks!

    – steppeland

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