Winter is my favorite season, at least when it really feels like winter. Frost, ice, snow are getting scarcer in the Netherlands so when it occurs I get restless. Still with two young boys (1 and 3 years) it's not always easy to get out. Luckily sunrise is about the time they had their breakfast so the join dad. I can't take them for hours into the cold so I'm limited to site that I can access by car of stay within a short walking distance
The first photo is a Golden Plover standing in a frost covered field. Every winter large flocks of Golden Plovers winter in the meadows just 15 minutes away from my home, there was a small group close to the road. The sun started to rise illuminating the bird in golden light.
In the same area, which has become some kind of my local patch a female Stonechat tries to endure the winter. She covers quite a large area but when I arrived with the firs light she was in the right area to photograph her in the landscape of frozen plants.
After I photographed the Golden Plover we went to a forest where many ducks come to rest in a pond. After a cold night you often get mist over or near water so I had an image in mind of the duck in the mist. As we parked the car and passed a small orchard there where a lot of Finches and Tits. A Great Tit landed in an Apple Tree which still had some leaves on it. Here it found a insect which he started to eat. The branches where covered in frost and when he moved it fall down lightened by the sun against the dark background.