A few months ago, I was contacted by Vincent Corona, a fellow nature photographer living in in Amsterdam. Both he and his partner Karin Van Puffelen, are a keen amateur photographers with a shared passion for nature photography. Vincent and Karin were both keen to obtain some photographs of Kingfishers and wondered if I knew of a location in The Netherlands where they could photograph these marvellous birds.
At that time, the Kingfishers were very active at Tophill Low so I told Vincent that he was welcome to pop across the North Sea and visit East Yorkshire. Well, to cut a long story short, they both took me up on my offer and have just spent the weekend at Tophill Low. Understandably, I was very nervous for a few days prior to their visit. Would they be disappointed if the Kingfishers didn’t show and it rained all weekend? Well, we were in luck. We all managed to get some great photographs of Kingfishers, plus some great views of a Barn Owl and a Marsh Harrier too. The fantastic photograph of a Kingfisher at the head of this post was taken by Vincent with his Nikon D40 and a 300mm f4 lens. They were both absolutely delighted with their photographs and were very impressed by the wide range of habitats at Tophill Low. Karin told me that although there were many Kingfishers in Holland, the hides were always crowded and often a good distance from the birds.
It was great fun having Karin and Vincent visit. The weather was kind but cold—they confessed that they did make a quick visit to Tesco’s in Driffield to buy some warm socks! I really enjoyed their company and enthusiasm and we had a couple of great evenings out at the local Indian and Italian restaurants. Vincent is an Italian and it was great to hear him converse with the staff at Marco Polo’s in their native language! I’d like to say a big ‘thank-you’ to everyone at T.H.L. for making Vincent & Karin’s visit such a success. Hopefully, we may get some more international visitors in the not too distant future.