We started the day at coastline of Scheveningen at The Hague. In the previous weeks they where working on the beach pumping sand to the beach for coastal protection. These activities attracted many gulls including some Iceland en Glacous Gull. Sadly due to maintainance the gulls where all far out on the water and it turned out that it would take the whole day before the machines where running again. Sadly no Iceland of Glacous could be found only a Caspian Gull with the large number of Herring and Greater Black-backed Gulls. Some Sanderlings and Turnstones where also foraging along the shoreline and Purple Sandpipers where present on the pier.

We descided to head to a nearby lake Starrevaart where there's a hide which turned out to be good for taking photos and stay out of the rain. The four Glossy Ibis turned up every hour on the small island to rest for a couple of minutes before heading back to their foraging streams at the nearby meadows. A female Smew was present on the lake among some Goldeneyes. Besides these ducks there where the ever present Wigeon, Gadwall, Pintails and Mallards. Some Teal and Tufted Ducks already had spring feelings chasing the females around allowing us to take some flight shots. When we walked back a Bittern crossed the path but quickly disappeared in the reeds not to be found.

After the skies cleared we headed east into the fields near Zoeterwoude looking for geese. We did find some mixed flocks of Greater White-fronted Geese, Barnacle Geese and Greylag Geese but they where to far out for taking any photos. A large flock of Starlings whre flying around but didn’t showed the real murmaration even when a Sparrowhawk passed by.

The next site we visited at Noordwijkerhout was good choise. The Goosanders where still present and where fishing, displaying and even mating in front of the hide. Large numbers of Tufted Ducks and Teals where present and the light conditions where perfect. As the light faded we headed to the beach at Katwijk. The light was perfect and there where lots of birds feeding on the shells that washed ashore. They where so focussed on the food and allowed us to come close. Often the Sanderlings where within 3 meters. When the sun was setting the clouds coloured supurb and often the calling Herring Gulls flew in the exact spot.

  1. Red-throated Diver
  2. Greater Crested Grebe
  3. Little Grebe
  4. Cormorant
  5. Bittern
  6. Great Egret
  7. Grey Heron
  8. Mute Swam
  9. Greylag Goose
  10. Greater White-fronted Goose
  11. Barnacle Goose
  12. Canada Goose
  13. Wigeon
  14. Gadwall
  15. Mallard
  16. Pintail
  17. Teal
  18. Shoveler
  19. Common Pochard
  20. Tufted Duck
  21. Goldeneye
  22. Smew
  23. Sparrowhawk
  24. Buzzard
  25. Kestrel
  26. Lapwing
  27. Golden Plover
  28. Oystercatcher
  29. Dunlin
  30. Purple Sandpiper
  31. Turnstone
  32. Redshank
  33. Common Gull
  34. Greater Black-backed Gull
  35. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  36. Herring Gull
  37. Caspian Gull
  38. Black-headed Gull
  39. Stock Pigeon
  40. Wood Dove
  41. Collared Dove
  42. Greater Spotted Woodpecker
  43. Sky Lark
  44. Meadow Pipit
  45. Rock Pipit
  46. Wren
  47. Goldcrest
  48. Dunnock
  49. Blackbird
  50. Song Thrush
  51. Robin
  52. Long-tailed Tit
  53. Willow Tit
  54. Great Tit
  55. Blue Tit
  56. Treecreeper
  57. Nuthatch
  58. Jay
  59. Magpie
  60. Jackdaw
  61. Carrion Crow
  62. Starling
  63. Chaffinch
  64. Brambling
  65. Hawfinch
  66. Greenfinch
  67. Goldfinch
  68. Siskin
  69. House Sparrow

Egyptian Goose
Ring-necked Parakeet

Harbour Seal
Eurasian Hare
Common Rabbit