Turn the tide, birds around the North Sea is a photo project by nature photographer Sijmen Hendriks.
The North Sea region is crucial for many birds: to breed, to winter or as stopover during migration. Sijmen Hendriks travelled around the North Sea for four and a half years. He photographed the birds and the landscapes in which they live. Sometimes in majestic nature reserves with magnificent views, sometimes in grim industrial complexes or coastal cities.
In a densely populated area with a lot of economic activity, the birds seem to be carefree. Unfortunately, appearances are deceptive. Nature in the North Sea region, birds included, is under a lot of pressure. Pollution, loss of habitat, competition from fishery and climate change are key threats. This project captures the beauty of bird life around the North Sea and shows what is at stake.
The project resulted in a book (published by KNNV endorsed by the Dutch Society for the Protection of Birds), an exhibition and a series of lectures.
Sijmen Hendriks is a Dutch freelance photographer, with a passion for nature and bird photography. Also, since 1993, he has covered a wide range of subjects for various clients. Sijmen Hendriks is represented by photo agency ANP / Hollandse Hoogte.
Naturephotoblog: sijmenhendriks.com, in Dutch.
Blog on urban wildlife: stadsvogels.wordpress.com, also in Dutch.