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29 April 2016 half day Oostvaardersplassen and 30 April full day Noord Holland
On 29th and 30th April 2016 I (Maarten Wielstra) guided an American lady to ‘be where the birds live’ as she said beautifully. We didn’t try and find as many birds as possible, but just enjoyed all encountered birds and nature together, while having good talks about all important things in life.
The famous national Park named ‘Oostvaardersplassen’ was visited on a half a day tour first, especially for birds combined with great scenery. The second and full day of birding, was to the northern parts of the province of Noord-Holland, with shorebirds being our main target. The Oostvaardersplassen-tour was marked by rain, wind and cold temperature, while the second day was dry and mostly sunny, although the cold wind still kept us staying in the car for most of the time.
Walking around would probably give us far more species, but a list of 97 and my guest still being healthy and happy, are things I can’t complain about! We certainly had great scenery views and saw some nice large groups of shorebirds! And we even saw more and more beautiful bulb fields as my dear guest had seen during a bulb field tour a few days earlier! For me personally, the birding highlight was finding an adult White-tailed Eagle in its breeding habitat, while looking out for it being at a famous spot for this species. Also, the several thousands of Bar-Tailed Godwits, Grey Plovers and Dunlins together in one group at the Noord-Holland east coast are memorable.
Together we loved dreaming away while staring at typically Dutch situations like a slowly grass eating cow, a bulb field farmer at work and the morning sun lighting up the all green endlessly stretched out landscape like if it were an old painting in a museum! It’s almost needless to say an old windmill was in the center of it.
1.Great Crested Grebe
35.Little Ringed Plover
48.Greater Black-backed Gull
50.Lesser Black-backed Gull
57.Greater Spotted Woodpecker