If you hear “wildlife photography”, the Netherlands probably isn’t the first country that pops up in your mind. Same for us, but we got that totally wrong. Last week we went to the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen and that place just blew our minds.
This place is a dune area, which has a size of 3400 hectares. This area is protected and it’s the habitat to Fallow deer and foxes. You have to buy an entrance ticket (€1,50 / $1.75) before entering. Keep your ticket in your pocket: the forester may ask you to show your ticket.
There are four ways to enter this nature reserve:
Panneland in Vogelenzang
Address: Vogelenzangseduinweg 2, 2114 AS Vogelenzang
De Oase in Vogelenzang
Address: Eerste Leijweg 2, 2114 BH Vogelenzang
Zandvoortselaan in Zandvoort
Address: Zandvoortselaan 130, 2042 XC Zandvoort
De Zilk in De Zilk
Adress: Joppeweg 1, 2191 AW De Zilk
Good to know:
– Dogs are not allowed;
– You are not allowed to bike in this area;
– Unfortunately, you can not bring and/or use a drone;
– You are allowed to wander off the beaten path;
– Do not feed the animals.
Wandering around in silence
We started our walk at De Zilk. It’s allowed to walk off the beaten path, which is the first thing we do. We just love to walk off the beaten path, so that rule is perfect for us. We can’t wait to see some fallow deers, but we don’t expect too much out of it. However, after less than 10 minutes of walking, we see the first one. Wow! This is so cool!
To be completely honest: we were overwhelmed to see them in the wild. And it’s not just one, there are so many of them in this area. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to scare them, which means that we have to walk in complete silence. But still, they have spotted us before we even noticed that they are around. Taking photos of them is even harder. Lucky for us, they are around almost every corner so we have enough opportunities to practice our photography skills.
Our walk continues to the Duizendmeterweg, which is a 5.5 kilometer walk from our startpoint at the Zilk. The Internet told us that it’s possible to see foxes at that place. We have never seen them in real life, but we decide to give it a try. What can possibly go wrong?
What the fox?!
During our exploration in the forest, we come across a few wooden shelters which have a hole in it for your lens. So awesome! You can stay there all day to spot wildlife. We will definitely come back to shoot from a shelter, but we have to buy a tele zoom lens first.
We turn back to the Duizendmeterweg. Suddenly, Thomas stops and points to the forest behind us: “Look, over there!” and that’s the moment we both got speechless: a fox is crossing the street and walks towards us. This can’t be real! At the same time, we wonder if they attack people. The fox comes closer and closer and we think it’s looking for food. We don’t have any food with us and the fox turns away from us: back into the woods.
At that moment, we are both overwhelmed and excited at the same time. We try to follow the fox into the woods, but it has disappeared. However, when we turn back to our route, the fox is back! Our photography adventure continues here. We approach in complete silence and try to get as close to the fox as possible. It must be our lucky day: the fox does not show any intention to run away from us. We crawl closer and closer to it and…
Well, enough said: time to show you some photos we took.
We shot these photos with our Nikon D5200 and a 18-300mm zoomlens. For some photos, we also used a tripod.
Have you ever seen a fox in your life?