The full story behind Birds parade (Nikolaj Noel© @nikonforever) takes its humble beginning on one dark October night at Falsterbo ringing station where a number of good friends had gathered around a table for drinking and each other’s company.
The rumors had been around that a Norwegian would arrive to join – and indeed he had with the news that he had spotted a Red-Breasted Goose (Branta Rufficolis) in the big flocks of barnacle geese going to night roost in the meadows and wetlands of Knosen, Falsterbo, Sweden. This quickly lead to a more exciting mood and more beers found their way to the table.
So the find of our newly arrived Norwegian was of high priority and the decision was made that Anders Mæland (the Norwegian) – now guide in @dintur – and I should wake up early the next morning to drive in Anders’ old car to the place were the bird was seen the night before.
We arrived at approximately 06.00 o’clock and could hear the sound of the flocks of geese. The sun slowly started to rise above the horizon and the geese started to move slowly closer to us almost in the same pace. It was here I decided to pick up the camera and wait for the perfect moment with the geese flying into the morning sun.
When I started photographing at the age of nine I had never thought my pictures should tell stories.
But nevertheless that is what I’m doing today to raise awareness of our environment and the natural beauty that surrounds us all.
ABOUT THE GEESE
The Red-Breasted Goose is an endangered species breeding in the Arctic Siberia with a main part of the population on the Taymyr Peninsula, while the species is overwintering along the most north western shores of the Black Sea in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine after migrating over the Russian mainland. In the latest years a part of the population have also overwintered in the puszta of Hungary.
The Red-Breasted Goose (Branta Rufficolis) and the Barnacle Goose (Branta Leucopsis) is both protected under the agreement on the conversation of the African – Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds(AEWA).
Go here to learn more.
A huge thanks also needs to go to @wildplanetphotomag for bringing the picture in the magazine.