Friday, January 19, 2018

The Netherlands Summer 2017, last wings

Going through my folders I discovered these images. Thought at first they were below the quality limit, but then decided to give them a go anyway...

I've been after this bird for a while here in Kyushu, but without success so far.
Eurasian Treecreeper (Boomkruiper)

European Nuthatch (Boomklever) not so rare, but very fast!

There were so many a year ago, this time I had to work hard to find 1 family
White Stork (Ooievaar)

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Netherlands summer 2017: Geese

It became cold. That is not a bad thing for birding in winter. But my body isn't used to these temperatures yet. I feel more comfortable at home, tidying up old files, like these summer photos.

In Isahaya birders stopped for just one bird, in the Netherlands they run away. Geese are everywhere and there are way too many! There are about 9 kinds, here are just the 3 most common:

 Barnacle Goose (Brandgans)

In city parks Egyptian Goose (Nijlgans)

 Greylag Goose (Grauwe Gans)

Not to forget the domestic ones and the hybrids!

Of course there are swans as well. Most common: Mute Swan (Knobbelzwaan)

in the canals

in the cities

in the nature reserves, too

With a young Spoonbill on the left

The Netherlands summer 2017: Spoonbills

In nature reserve the Blauwe Kamer it's always fun to watch the spoonbills at their roosting site. Lots of activity, specially in the nesting season

Eurasian Spoonbill, Phatalea leucorodia, LEPELAAR

Newborns with pink-colored bills vying for a morsel of the latest feed


The Netherlands summer 2017: Thrushes and some more

The most common of all Thrushes, anywhere in the world I thought. Till I came to Japan

Common Blackbird (Merel) male


male again

young male

juvenile female 

My favorite bird in the Netherlands: Song Thrush (Zanglijster) singing his heart out

Great Cormarants (Aalscholver) on the river Rhine

Always many rabbits, specially at dusk...

 ...but I saw only 1 hare

The Netherlands summer 2017: Woodpeckers etc

Back to the sandy soils of the east:

Eurasian Jay (Vlaamse Gaai)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Grote Bonte Specht)

Middelste Bonte Specht

Left: European Green Woodpecker (Groene Specht)    Right: Black Woodpecker (Zwarte Specht)

When I was looking at the Green Specht a family of 4 Roe deer came running along

 Mr Pheasant (Fazant)

and his offspring