Dawn of the bison
Jasper has been documenting European bison since they were reintroduced to the Netherlands in 2007. On this particular morning he found the herd cooling off at a lake amid a swarm of midges. ‘The first rays of sunlight started to emerge over the trees creating a beautiful visual show,’ he says.
Bison were hunted to extinction in the wild in Europe in 1927. However, captive breeding and re-wilding projects have seen the population rise to over 5,000, with more than half living in wild herds. Bison – Europe’s largest land mammal – help to maintain a mosaic of ecologically rich forest and grassland.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II; 70-200mm 2.8 lens at 145mm; 1/640 sec at f8; ISO 400.
Kraansvlak, Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, The Netherlands
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Jasper Doest, The Netherlands
Jasper's work has received multiple awards, including in Wildlife Photographer of the Year, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Travel Photographer of the Year. He has also appeared in numerous international journals and books, including National Geographic magazine, Smithsonian and GEO. He is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).