Zoltán Gergely Nagy - Hidden


As part of an environmental project, scientists from the Babes-Bolyai University Cluj, searched for Black Stork nests over the winter months along the Tur river in Northwest Romania. Besides recording the nests, they have also built a temporary hide near one of them, before the birds came back in spring. I have used this distant and well thought-out hide, that allowed me to photograph these sensitive birds without disturbing them. As I was looking through my viewfinder, I realized that I wanted to show the nest in its context, rather than just the birds themselves, so I switched to a wider lens and waited for the sun to rise. Hidden in a thick lowland forest along the Tur river, this nest is probably many generations old and with the arrival of spring and new leaves on the trees – it’s almost impossible to find.

Location: Romania

Tags: Black Stork, Ciconia nigra, forest, Romania, Zoltan Gergely Nagy

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  1. Bruno said:

    26/11/2012 12:20

    Although I am not very fond of images at nest, this is a good one, Zoltan. The animals show no anxiety and I appreciate your choice of showing the context in such a beautiful forest. Best

  2. Zoltan said:

    09/12/2012 11:15

    I'm not really a fan of nest photography either, in fact I am quite sure I would never do it on my own for the sake of photography, but in this case I was working with scientists who were studying these special birds, and with this opportunity I thought I could make an image that would tell something new about them, tell part of their story :)