Bartek spent five days with his father at Milicz Fishponds Nature Reserve, western Poland, photographing the common cranes. These impressive birds – adults have a wingspan of more than two metres – spend a few days on the shore of the shallow lake on their way south to Africa for the winter. Bartek spent every morning and evening taking photographs from the lakeshore hide. On the last dawn, a mist descended and gave the scene a wonderfully mysterious atmosphere. ‘After sunrise,’ says Bartek, ‘we could hardly see the birds. I was using manual focus. So I was very lucky to get them as sharp as this.’
Nikon D300 + Sigma 400mm f5.6 lens; 1/250 sec at f5.6; ISO 800; Manfrotto 190PRO tripod + 701HDV head; hide.
Milicz Fishponds Nature Reserve, Poland