About me

I was born in 1945 in The Hague but moved to Maassluis in 1969. I only made pictures during holidays, using a compact camera. Later I bought an APS camera and in the summer of 2001 a Canon EOS-300, with the 28-90 kit lens and a 70-300 / f4.0 telelens. With this camera I’ve taken pictures more often, but all on “automatic”, aperture, shutter speed meant nothing to me.

On 1-1-2006 I stopped working and I bought a Canon Ixus 55 to find out what digital photography could mean to me. Then I went deeper into the world of digital SLR cameras.

In 2007 I purchased a Nikon D80 with the Nikkor 18-200mm lens. I often went for a walk with the camera and took pictures of everything that I like. Flowers, plants, insects, birds, ships in the New Waterway, mammals, but also buildings. In June 2009 I accidentally came into the small nature reserve called the Rietputten. Immediately I saw a Bluethroat, a few Bearded reedlings and an Eurasian reed-warbler. From that day on I became fascinated by the many birds one can find and I try to photograph them as best as I can.

With this site, I hope you’ll also enjoy the beautiful things around us. Besides photography, I like to travel and I show you pictures of my travels here too. These photos are posted in ascending order so that you can follow the trip as I experienced it.

The category Birds has been subdivided into subcategories according to the Capitol’s “Nature Guide Birds”. I am aware that better classifications are possible.

I am currently using the following equipment:


  • Canon Ixus 55 (until 2017/05)
  • Canon Ixus 285 HS
  • Nikon D80 (until 2017/05)
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon D500


  • Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6G DX VR II
  • Nikkor AF-S 105mm F/2.8G iF ED VR micro
  • Nikkor AF-S 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5G ED DX
  • Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6G ED VR II
  • Nikkor AF-S 300mm F/2.8G iF ED VR II
  • Nikkor TC-20E III AF-S teleconverter


  • Nikon SB-800 speedlight flash
  • Nikon GP-1 GPS
  • Hoodman H-RAV,  Prof. Right angle finder
  • Manfrotto 680B monopod with Manfrotto 234RC monopod head
  • Gitzo GT3530LS 6x Carbon tripod and Jobu-Design Jr 3 kit.
  • Lowepro Flipside 500 AW
  • Lowepro Toploader Zoom 50 AW
  • Lowepro Toploader Zoom 75 AW
  • Adobe Photoshop elements 8 (until 2016)
  • Adobe Lightroom 5.7