Lynx in front of the lens, February 2020

"On my first trip to Naliboki Forest last year, I noticed that my camera was not good enough So for this trip I bought a new camera with a big tele.

I’m not a good photographer at all, and I don’t have the patience to read the entire manual, but I wanted to try to have at least photos of a higher quality.

The first day I didn’t bring my tele with me because it’s heavy to take along on the walk, and I was afraid to let it in the car. And I regretted, because the second day we could observe a pack of black grouse.

Luckily, I listen to Vadim who encouraged me to bring the tele the next day, because then Dirk saw the lynx, after we arrived from an exhausting walk As I was the only one with a tele, it was me who approached the lynx step by step, to try to memorize the unique encounter with one of the most difficult to spot animals in Europe. Because of fatigue and a lot of adrenaline, my hands were shaking a lot! On top of that I didn’t bring my tripod and a 500 mm lens is quite difficult to hold still in these circumstances. I went forward very slowly, following the lynx who was moving, while behind me everybody was following us with binoculars.

All of us were very excited !!

I took a lot of photos, that weren’t of a good quality at all, but nevertheless I’m very happy with these memories! It’s a good motivation for me to improve my skills for photography!

The following days I always took my camera with tele with me!

A good advice : always listen to Vadim :-) "

Annik Janssens