Duck of Dreams
Early one morning during his Easter holiday, Carlos slipped off the side of the boat and settled himself into a floating hide – it was the perfect spot to observe Arctic bird species. As morning broke, dozens of long-tailed ducks emerged, and as the light reflected off the water, Carlos captured this portrait of one dozing.
The Barents Sea supports one of the largest concentrations of seabirds in the world, including the long-tailed duck. This male still has its winter plumage – a less vibrant version of its summer colours. It is thought that its mainly white appearance might help to reduce aggression between males, who tend to live together in large flocks during the winter.
Nikon D7100 + 200–400mm f4 lens at 400mm; 1/320 sec at f4; ISO 1000
Båtsfjord, Varanger Peninsula, Norway
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Carlos Perez Naval, Spain
Carlos has been taking photographs since he was five. He has won prizes in Spain, Italy and France, and was named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2014. He loves nature and spends as much time as possible photographing the plants and animals near his home in Spain.