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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.