Every year the Dutch Vogelbescherming organizes a count of garden birds in The Netherlands. During a period of 30 minutes almost 80.00 people counted the birds they saw in their garden and noted the number of birds of each kind spotted at the same time. The period of 30 minutes is free to choose but limited to 25-27th of January 2019.On January 25 from 11:00-11:30 I counted: 1 Magpie, 15 House sparrows, 6 Great tits, 3 Blackbirds, 3 Blue tits, 4 Ring sparrows, 1 Robin, 3 Starlings, 2 Finches and 1 Black Crow. (in Dutch: 1 Ekster, 15 Huismussen, 6 Koolmezen, 3 Merels, 3 Pimpelmezen, 4 Ringmussen, 1 Roodborst, 3 Spreeuwen, 2 Vinken en 1 Zwarte kraai.) See the gallery in my archive for a few pictures I made.
Thursday 1th of November 2018
I went to Koehoal again and just after arriving I spotted a very rare flight of snow geese. Most of them already had their winter dress but some of them still had their summer dress.The snow goose is a winter guest in the Netherlands in a very small number. In addition, brood cases are known. Every year three pairs breed on average. These are probably feral birds that have escaped from captivity. My observation of around 80 of them is very unusual. These birds normally live in the high north of Northeastern Siberia, Alaska, Canada and Greenland, and wintering on the Atlantic coast of the United States.Take a look at some pictures I was able to make of them.
Wednesday 5th of September 2018
Today I went to Koehoal, a small hamlet along the Frisian Waddendijk. I took my camera to shoot some pictures of this wonder of nature.The summer holiday is just over, but in the Wadden Sea region the flow of travelers is really getting going. In the autumn millions of birds descend from the High North; they use the Wadden to refuel. From mid-August to November it is therefore a feast for bird lovers in the Wadden Sea region. Everywhere migratory birds and special bird species can be seen. Many migratory birds even in huge numbers.It is known that the Wadden Sea Region is very bird-rich all year round. But in the spring and autumn it is literally a bird festival. At the same time, more than six million birds are staying in the area at the same time. Last weeks, the first groups of migratory waders arrived, and those numbers are only increasing for the time being. Canoes, sandpipers, curlews, bar-tailed godwits and many other species that have traveled thousands of kilometers from their northern breeding grounds. On the pictures you can see that spoonbills, gulls, geese and ducks have also gathered in large numbers.
Sunday 27th of May 2018
I joined an excursion into the Hegewierster Fjild near to the city of Harlingen in the Netherlands. Our guide was Eus de Groot of Natuurmonumenten (Society for preservation of nature monuments in the Netherlands). He lead us along the beatifull fields and ponds of this area where normally entrance is not allowed.We had to take care not to step on nests with eggs and young birds hiding in the grass. We got the chance to see nature in all its beauty. Please enjoy the pictures I made in my photo archive.
Monday 14th of May 2018
For about 10 years we have some guests at our home. They arrive every year in May and leave again in September. They are a few families of houseswallows. They build or rebuild/repair their nests below our gutter.At the moment there are 4 families. 2 of them are already breeding and the other two are repairing their homes which were damaged during the winter period. See the pictures I made of them in my photo archive.
Subjects in blog.
At the left of this page you will find some short descriptions of the events where I made the pictures in the presented albums of my photo archive.Feel free to explore the archive by following the link in the blog or via the Galery page.