If you spend time in any major city, it will likely lead to encounters with urban wildlife such as rodents and pigeons, but there is one long-legged species in Amsterdam that prowls the streets in unusually large numbers. In their ongoing series Herons from Amsterdam, Photographer Julie Hrudová documents the thriving feathery population – it has grown significantly in recent decades, and in 2017 officials estimated it was there 800 pairs Live in 25 neighborhoods – rush onto the sidewalks to eat and strut confidently into people’s homes.
Now ubiquitous, birds often nest in park trees and have been known to comb nearby fish markets to catch the unsold produce of the day and visit the zoo at feeding time. They have become so fully integrated into the lives of the city’s human residents that it is not uncommon for the residents to provide food and recreation for the striped creatures. “They have names for it, like the heron Kiri, who comes by every day for a snack and is not afraid to enter the house,” says the Prague-born photographer. “Sometimes he stays a while and watches TV.”
Last year Hrudová published a zine She is putting together many of the images shown here and is currently working on a new book called On the hunt for Amsterdam that is filled with the street photos she takes weekly. You can have their sightings around the Dutch capital. follow Instagram, and check out her curated account Street Repeat for an overview of the recurring topics documented by photographers around the world. (above Jeroen Apers)
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