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17-12-2012 Monday: Dusky Warbler in Geestmerambacht

Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) - Photo made in Geestmerambacht Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) - Photo made in Geestmerambacht Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) - Photo made in Geestmerambacht For a few days now a Dusky Warbler is present near Heerhugowaard. This past weekend I had no time but today after work there was a chance to visit the bird, provided he was still there of course. In the afternoon I arrived at the place and the bird was not yet reported. It was raining heavily and the rain radar did not promise any improvement. Rainwear was put on and the camera was protected with a plastic bag. The telephone was used for navigation during the short walk, and at the marked place I saw two birders standing. They had seen the bird briefly so apparently he was still there.

Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) - Photo made in Geestmerambacht Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) - Photo made in Geestmerambacht Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) - Photo made in Geestmerambacht After a fifteen minute wait one of those present birders heard the Dusky Warbler call on the other side of the bush. Quickly I ran to the other side, the bird called occasionally and showed his self occasionally. Photo opportunities were few and it took a while before the first reasonable plates were made. A dog chased the bird to the other side of the path. Quickly we found him back and now the bird was frequently completely open to see. It was still raining plenty and despite the bad light a nice series of photos was made.

Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) - Photo made in Geestmerambacht Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus) - Photo made in Geestmerambacht The Dusky Warbler grew my year list to 322 species! This is equalling my personal record that dated of last year. I wonder if in the next two weeks another specie will turn up.


02-12-2012 Sunday: Northern Raven and Caspian Gull

Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord Common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) - Photo made in the Keent No real plans today but the sun was shining beautifully so I made an attempt for two months species, the Northern Raven and Caspian Gull. I started in the Keent where I encountered a lone Water Pipit. The bird was put on the photo and I drove on to the Kraaijenbergse Lakes. Target specie was the Caspian Gull and after some driving around I found an adult specimen. There was not much to see around the lakes and I decided to drive to the migration site in the Maashorst. Passing the Hofmans Lakes I drove to the migration site and when entering the Palmventseweg I saw a large group of Yellowhammers. The edges along the grain fields are beginning to pay off. Also a juvenile Hen Harrier was hunting over the left over grain pieces. I decide to wait and that was ultimately rewarded with 2 Northern Ravens that flew over the car.


30-08-2012 Thursday: Baird’s Sandpiper at Wassenaar

Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) - Photo made at the beach near Wassenaar Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) - Photo made at the beach near Wassenaar Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) - Photo made at the beach near Wassenaar Yesterday a Baird’s was reported in Wassenaar and there were some beautiful pictures too. Reason enough to take my camera with me to Amstelveen and have a try after work. The bird was reported early in the morning so it looked good. The first pictures appeared on the net and the tension rose with me. Finally I could finish my day and drove to Wassenaar.

Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) - Photo made at the beach near Wassenaar Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) - Photo made at the beach near Wassenaar Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) - Photo made at the beach near Wassenaar The ride did not last long but during the walk it started to blow and it started to rain. It was a stiff walk but returning birders assured me that the bird was still there and was tame. For me now lay the dike and almost right behind I saw a group of birders standing. The familiar face of Peter Doorn stood between them. The camera was placed in position and the photo session began. I already had the Baird’s this year but he still counts for my monthly list.


28-08-2012 Tuesday: Eurasian Dotterel still present at the migration site

Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord The yesterday discovered Dotterel was found again at the migration site by Wim Gremmen. Around 7 o'clock, my phone went: He's still there, sounded a somewhat excited Wim on the other side. I had to go to work but still saw an opportunity for a photo.

Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord Quickly I stood at the migration site where Dotterel nervously paced up and down. I managed to make zome nice photo’s. The bird began to cry and doing stretching exercises, and shortly thereafter he flew high and disappeared on the horizon. Back at the migration site I stayed another half hour. Everything looked like it could be a good day. I said goodbye to Wim and drove to Amstelveen. When I came back in the evening at the migration site it showed that not less than 6 Tawny Pipits were seen. 2 of the Tawny Pipits were still present but unfortunately no photo opportunity. It seems that the migration season has really begun.


27-08-2012 Monday: Evening Count at the migration site Brobbelbies

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord A beautiful evening for a count but expectations are not high. At 17.30 pm I start the count and it looks like a nice evening. A Painted Lady flies by but poses shortly for a picture. A Sparrowhawk who has just eaten a meal is flying right over the migration site. The juvenile Goshawk also tries to outwit a meal but probably has an empty stomach the coming night.

Alwin Borhem and Henk vd Acker strengthen the migration site and together we count on. An adult female Marsh Harrier is picked up and Alwin spots a Swift. It remains very quiet and at the end of the count we wait for any Nightjar we sometimes see on the road at the migration site. Unfortunately, we do not see Nightjar but suddenly we hear the cry of a Eurasian Dotterel on a ploughed field behind the migration site. It's too dark to search for the bird so hopefully he's still there tomorrow.


24-08-2012 Friday: Quiet day on the migration site

Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord Late August and it starts to get interesting at the migration sites in the Netherlands. Yesterday we had the first Tawny Pipit but we are still waiting for the first Dotterel, today seemed like a good opportunity. The first hours were very quiet with only the occasional Yellow Wagtail. A little after 10 am Wim Gremmen discovered a Black Stork, the bird swoops low and probably stayed overnight in the Maashorst. Around the migration site everywhere there are Whinchats and a Northern Wheatear sits a short time on the road.Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) - Photo made at the migration site Brobbelbies Noord From the corn the cry of a Willow Warbler is heard. It remains quiet and occasionally groups of House Martins and Barn Swallows fly over. The hope is for the afternoon, perhaps the raptors will have a go. Unfortunately that did not happen. Well did we see a juvenile Honey Buzzard, a juvenile Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawks and a Buzzard. It is waiting for better times. For a complete overview Click here


22-08-2012 Wednesday: Plenty of Crakes in the "Groene Jonker"

Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) Photo made at the Groene Jonker Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) Photo made at the Groene Jonker Water Rail(Rallus aquaticus) Photo made at the Groene Jonker The last two days there are Spotted and Baillon's Crakes reported in the Groene Jonker near Zevenhoven. The Baillon's still counts for the month list and there are great photo opportunities. At 18:30 I agree with Peter & Maartje. Upon arrival, they are already waiting for me. Maartje has already moved in the area because the Baillon's Crake is seen. Together with Peter I walk in the area and we join a group of birders at a place where yesterday the Baillon's Crake is seen.Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) Photo made at the Groene Jonker Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) Photo made at the Groene Jonker Water Rail(Rallus aquaticus) Photo made at the Groene Jonker We wait some time, but nothing happens. I decided to get focus my attention first to the Spotted Crakes. I walk a little further and see a bird and take some pictures. I walk back and I am pointed to a young Water Rail. Also this bird is fun to shoot and more enjoyable when two Spotted Crakes appear. The birds are seen together for an hour and there are nice photos taken. The sun begins to fade and we focus our attention on the place where yesterday the Baillon’s Crakes are seen. Not without success because after some time 2 birds are spotted. Unfortunately, the distance is too far and the light too weak to make a picture.


21-08-2012 Tuesday: Queen of Spain Fritillary in my backyard

Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) A quick check at the butterfly bush in the backyard. Besides Red Admirals and some Small Tortoiseshells I see a small butterfly. At first sight a Fritillary but which one, I'm not really familiar with butterflies. So a few quick pictures and a ring with a look on the internet to make the determination certain: a Queen of Spain Fritillary! Nice variety for the garden and according to data from waarneming.nl definitely fun for Uden.


05-08-2012 Saturday

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) - Photo made at the fishpond near Grubbenvorst Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) - Photo made at the fishpond near Grubbenvorst Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) - Photo made at the fishpond near Grubbenvorst Today we had the official opening of the migration season. With Champagne and snacks according to tradition, the season was inaugurated. Not long afterwards we saw an Osprey, but otherwise it remained very quiet. At noon we stopped counting and Jan Verhoeven and I left for Grubbenvorst where for a while now are 2 Black-crowned Night Herons present. There is a good photo opportunity for the birds so a good chance to try out my new lens. Upon arrival we found Carel van de Sanden who was waiting for the bird since 7 o'clock in the morning. Up to now he had not seen more than one leg of the birds. This did not sound good but after half an hour a Black-crowned Night Heron came flying and landed in front of us on a stump. A beautiful photo session followed. The Black-crowned Night Heron even counted for the year list which now stands on 289 species. After the Black-crowned Night Heron we drove to Blerick where after some searching we found a singing European Serin that still counts for the month list. Finally we did the Kraaijenbergse Lakes where the Tundra Bean Goose is still present. Also this one is good for the month list.

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) - Photo made at the fishpond near Grubbenvorst Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) - Photo made at the fishpond near Grubbenvorst Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) - Photo made at the fishpond near Grubbenvorst

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