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The used equipment
The Canon MarkIII gives me a fast autofocus. The high ISO settings with low noisehelps to achieve higher shutter speeds.
The newest Canon 500 mm ISII lens is in my opinion the most versatile lens in the Canon Selection. The lens is light enough to photograph flying birds out of hand.I only use a monopod what works well for me.
The used equipment
I use the new Swarovski ATX/STX 95. This has a 30 - 70x zoom and is crystal clear at all magnifications.The ideal spotting scope for migration counting!
Slideshow Odyssey 2011 is added. Experience THE Atlantic Pelagic Trip (duration about 55 min.)
Slideshow Uganda is added. This is highly recommended but take your time (takes approximately 40 min.)
2012 has past quickly but I can look back with pleasure. Again this year we began with our traditional Big Day on New Year's Day and the trend was immediately put. We were able to achieve a new record with 108 species. For 2012, the challenge was to score another 300 species and for the month we had to list every month at least 5 species. The holiday went this year, in February, to Namibia & Botswana.On the 2th of February we went to Namibia & Botswana and in the month January I was able to achieve 143 species in the Netherlands. The trip was excellent and without a guide we scored 346 species many of which are beautifully photographed. Of these, almost 150 species were new to me.
January 1 and the annual Big Day is back on the agenda. Last week was a reconnaissance lap held in the target province of Zeeland, this yielded not much and the expectations were therefor not high. A close examination on the Internet provided a new starting location: The catchment at St. Jansteen. The tour group this year consisted of: Pieter & Maartje Doorn, Alwin Borhem and myself of course. Pieter & Maartje celebrated New year’s eve in Uden and stayed overnight. With Alwin was agreed that he would be present at 6:30 am in Uden.
Saturday evening there will were some late reports threw waarneming.nl. While I am lying on the couch looking at the TV I check the emails. In general it are the known species and a sighting of a Thick-billed Murre in the harbour at Lauwersoog. Oh, I think, it will be an input error. Not much later Thijs whatappt and reports that the photos look good?! I
29-03-2013 Friday: Short-eared Owls in the polder near Rosmalen
Almost all winter there Short-eared Owls reported in the polder in Rosmalen. I had already been there a couple of times but without success. The last two weeks the birds are often seen hunting in the late afternoon. Willie de Vries had yesterday some nice pictures and asked if I wanted to go today. We agreed at 16.00 o’clock in Oss and drove together to the polder. It was now a little easier because upon arrival, a Short-eared Owl sitting on a pole was directly observed. He did not sit long and made long flights hunting. During the flights there were some pictures made. The Short-eared Owl still counts for the year list which now stands at 188 species.
The predictions for the weekend were reasonable. Northeast wind on Saturday and east wind on Sunday. This, combined with the time of year (late April) can yield very good results on the Kamperhoek. Saturday morning I drove with Dirk eykemans at 5.15 am towards the Kamperhoek. First I had to scratch the ice of the windows of the car, hopefully the last night frost.
Sunday morning I drive away at 5.30 am from Uden direction Kamperhoek. I leave Uden with a clear sky and just past Den Bosch I ride into a dense fog. Mixed feelings occur in myself with the knowledge that mist is usually even worse in the Flevopolder. Yet I continue and at the pump just past Eemnes I stop for coffee. It is still very foggy and it does not look good. I continue with the smell of fresh coffee spread in the car. When I drive into the polder it clears up. I'm still not convinced by past experience but as I further drive north it even becomes better.
Again a new month and with Pieter & Maartje, Alwin and Joep was agreed to do a day of month listing. A list of target species was drawn up: Falcated Duck, Rock Pipit, Glaucous Gull, Razorbill, Northern Gannet, Kittiwake, Shag, Long-tailed Duck, Pink-footed Goose and Hooded Crow. A route along the coast, starting in IJmuiden, could yield the most species. At 6:30 am it was agreed on a parking lot at Huizen.
Slideshow Holland 2011 added
Slideshow Holland 2008 added
Slideshow The Gambia 2008 added
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