Wednesday 22 June 2016

Holland - mostly...

13th - 19th June 2014 - Netherlands

Just back from our (getting to be annual) bike trip - a week cycling around (some of) the Netherlands (North and South Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht). A leisurely 300 miles in 6 days plus a 'day off' doing the tourist thing in Amsterdam; not at all a birding trip but inevitably some birds were seen and a few photographed.

Nightingale - 13/6/2016 dune scrub near Katwijk; ludicrously common in bushes all along dunes, rarely seen but easily heard.

Marsh Harrier male - 15/6/2016 near Edam

Marsh Harrier female - 15/6/2016 near Edam; many smallish patches of reeds seemed to hold a pair, plenty of harrier food around.
Great White Egret - 15/6/2016 near Edam

Great White Egret - 17/6/2016 Lepelaarplassen nr. Almere; one or two seen everyday, but not a single Little Egret.
Spoonbill - 17/6/2016 Oostvardersplassen; a handful seen but only this one came close enough to photograph.
White Stork - 19/6/2016 nr. Schoonhoven.
Common Tern 19/6/2016 Maassluis

Common Tern 19/6/2016 Maassluis

Common Tern 19/6/2016 Maassluis; common everywhere there's water it seems, even in the centre of Amsterdam.
Hare - 15/6/2016 near Edam, just as I was thinking it was good Hare country - a tick for Carolyn, a photo-tick for me.

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