How do you get close to a duck? Perhaps start by buying her a drink.

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.

Much of his photography is done in a local swamp that became a bird paradise after authorities decided to preserve the area. The shore of the water is lined with impenetrable belts of reeds and mud, so Janowski has been forced to come up with clever ideas for going into the swamp without scaring the birds away.

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.

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