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 is a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, a WWF Netherlands ambassador and a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine. He lectures on photography, conservation and global sustainability. He has presented at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn and the Royal Geographical Society in London.