18-07-2015 Trip Report half day photo tour to the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen

06.30 as I was waiting for the client to arrive I was killing some time taking macro pictures on the parking lot. Meanwhile Common Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker and Spotted Flycatcher where calling from the treetops. A couple of Hawfinches flew over and 10 minutes later we entered the dunes after purchasing two day-tickets.

Within the first 100 meters we came across some Fallow Deer with their fawn of which many would follow the next hours. Luckily the rain had passed as we started walking. Chaffinches where foraging on the path catching insects to feed their young. As we arrived at the first canal we saw Tufted Duck, Common Pochard, Mallard and Gadwall, all molting so not the fancy looking males.

At the first stream a Kingfisher flew by, we would see about 5 different birds during our 4 hour walk. A female Goshawk flew over with a prey but quickly disappeared behind some trees again. Two Hawfinches flew over and a Bullfinch was calling from the trees nearby. The good thing was that because of the rain we were the only people in the dunes and still many birds where singing like Blackcap, Song Thrush, Willow Warbler, Common and Lesser Whitethroat.

The main objective of the tour where larger mammals so we went looking for Foxes and Roe Deer. Sadly Roe Deer are under stress by the abundant Fallow Deer and only a dozen are still in the reserve and proved unable to find. Because it had rained all night and early morning the foxes probably prefered to stay in their dens. At the Cormorant colony many young had fledged and where all over the place. The lake was full with them including many Coots and severel species of ducks.

An alarming Mistle Thrush took our attention and as we came close a Sparrowhawk flew away. In the fox-area we saw several more Kingfishers, a White Wagtail, Green Sandpipers and Greenshanks. Because the radar showed that more rain was coming our way we walked back stopping over to photograph more Fallow Deer and a nice juvenile Kestrel.

  1. Little Grebe
  2. Great-crested Grebe
  3. Cormorant
  4. Grey Heron
  5. Mute Swan
  6. Canada Goose
  7. Greylag Goose
  8. Mallard
  9. Gadwall
  10. Tufted Duck
  11. Common Pochard
  12. Common Kestrel
  13. Sparrowhawk
  14. Goshawk
  15. Buzzard
  16. Moorhen
  17. Coot
  18. Green Sandpiper
  19. Greenshank
  20. Herring Gull
  21. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  22. Common Gull
  23. Black-headed Gull
  24. Common Tern
  25. Wood Pigeon
  26. Collard Dove
  27. Stock Dove
  28. Greater Spotted Woodpecker
  29. Green Woodpecker
  30. Wood Lark
  31. Barn Swallow
  32. Sand Martin
  33. Common Swift
  34. Meadow Pipit
  35. Tree Pipit
  36. White Wagtail
  37. Wren
  38. Dunnock
  39. Robin
  40. Blackbird
  41. Song Thrush
  42. Mistle Thrush
  43. Reed Warbler
  44. Sedge Warbler
  45. Chiffchaff
  46. Willow Warbler
  47. Blackcap
  48. Common Whitethroat
  49. Lesser Whitethroat
  50. Spotted Flycatcher
  51. Nightingale
  52. Stonechat
  53. Great Tit
  54. Blue Tit
  55. Willow Tit
  56. Long-tailed Tit
  57. Nuthatch
  58. Treecreeper
  59. Carrion Crow
  60. Jackdaw
  61. Jay
  62. Starling
  63. Chaffinch
  64. Hawfinch
  65. Bullfinch
  66. Goldfinch
  67. Greenfinch
  68. Linnet
    Egyptian Goose
    Ring-necked Parakeet
  • Fallow Deer
  • Rabbit
  • Common Vole