September 2016: Wildlife photography project in the Danube delta in Romania

Photograph of a purple heron in the Delta Danube in Romania.

Photograph of a purple heron in the Delta Danube in Romania.

In September 2016, we went to the heart of the Danube Delta to photograph wetland birds. This photography project is a continuation of a larger project on wetland birds. September is a transitional period in the Danube delta because many species of migratory birds are leaving for Africa to find warmer temperatures. Several species have already left the delta during the month of August. However, we were still able to photograph over thirty species, including purple herons, gray herons, night herons, whiskered terns, cormorants, great egrets, mute swans, etc.

These photographs are intended as art photographs for our collections "shades of black and white" and "lights and colors."

During that first trip to the Danube Delta, we were surprised to find the reed beds, ponds and woods in perfect condition. They made beautiful backgrounds. The lighting, especially in the morning, was exceptional, because it made the birds’ feathers look soft and radiant.

During our stay, we lived on a small island inhabited by a few hundred people who traveled only on foot or by boat. We did not see a single car. The calm and the serenity of this place were great assets in the realization of our project.

Every morning we boarded a small boat at 6 am to cross the winding little streams of the delta. When the sun rose, we were ready to photograph the birds’ morning behaviors. We were very surprised not only by the number of bird species that we observed but also by how many birds there were. We will remember the ponds covered by hundreds of white pelicans and mute swans for a long time.

As always, we used a local guide. He is a former professional fisherman who has become an ornithologist. His knowledge of the Danube Delta and of birds helped us create some very interesting pictures.

The greatest challenge of the Danube Delta is its area. With an area of around 6,000 square kilometers (2,300 square miles), it offers birds many places to hide. Without the expertise of our guide, we would certainly have spent hours vainly seeking some species, such as purple herons.

Photograph of a grey heron in the Delta Danube in Romania.

Photograph of a grey heron in the Delta Danube in Romania.

Photograph of a mute swan in the Delta Danube in Romania.

Photograph of a mute swan in the Delta Danube in Romania.

Photograph of a great egret in the Delta Danube in Romania.

Photograph of a great egret in the Delta Danube in Romania.

Photograph of a squacco heron in the Delta Danube in Romania.

Photograph of a squacco heron in the Delta Danube in Romania.

Photograph of a squacco heron in the Delta Danube in Romania.

Photograph of a squacco heron in the Delta Danube in Romania.

Photograph of a black-crowned night heron in the Delta Danube in Romania.

Photograph of a black-crowned night heron in the Delta Danube in Romania.

 

 

 

 

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Amar and Isabelle Guillen. Professional Photographers of nature.

We are fascinated and passionate about the beauties of nature. We love to see the landscapes and observe wild animals whether on land or underwater. We have chosen to become professional photographers to share the emotions we feel when we observe nature whether it be on land or underwater. Our goal is to create art with our photographs. We always try to transform the banal into a contemplative and artistic interpretation.

We are wildlife professional photographers, landscape professional photographers and underwater professional photographers. We also strive to document nature with a focus on conservation and education.

We make art prints from our artistic photographs. These art prints are available on our website. We make exhibitions to show all the beauties and the incredible richness of nature that surrounds us.

We also love to share our love for the beauties of nature with other photographers. To communicate our know-how and to exchange our techniques and our points of view, we organize wildlife photography workshops, underwater photography workshops and landscape photography workshops. We gather together people who have the same passion as us for the beautiful photographs taken in nature.

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