Wildlife photographer Henryk Janowski has an awesome and ingenious way of getting close to his subjects: he swims around in a bird blind that’s designed to look like a large white swan.
After a number of failed ideas, he came up with the idea of building a floating swan that hides his body and supports his camera equipment. To use the swan blind, he puts on a neoprene diving suit and immerses himself in the water up to his head.
The “swan suit” has been a major success. Janowski has been able to get up close and personal with all kinds of creatures in the area, spending several hours at a time swimming with the “other birds” and documenting their lives.
Whenever I swim in my camouflage, I feel at one with nature. You pass birds and beavers at play, undisturbed by human presence. This proved to me that I had successfully broken the taboo that the aquatic environment was inaccessible.
Here are some of the amazing bird photographs he has captured so far using the floating swan:
You can find more of Janowski’s photographs over in his SmugMug website.
Image credits: Photographs by Henryk Janowski and used with permission