Half day Bird photography tour in the province of Zeeland, Saturday 24th June 2017
Guide and photo credits: Hans Overduin

Sergio’s request was clear enough: spend a good morning photographing birds in the Domburg area (Province of Zeeland). No hunting for special species, not driving around quickly from one place to another. A limited number of sites, taking nice pictures and have a great time out there.

After picking up Sergio (living currently in Luxembourg) at his hotel early in the morning, we decide to head for a well-positioned fixed hide first. The week before I visited the place, and expected we might be able to see some nice species up close.

Upon arrival we immediately can take good shots of Common Redshank (juv +adult), Common Moorhen and Common Coot. A pair of Common Shelducks with two ducklings are in the water, but come ashore a little while later. They make for a nice show: drinking, preening, posing as a family and finally the little ones are running full speed back to the water – just in front of our lenses. The rain makes for an extra dimension in the images. Other species we see are Barn Swallows, White Wagtail, Spotted Redshank, Tufted Duck, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull land a lone Spoonbill flying over.

After having made (more than ;-) ) enough images, drinking coffee and eating ‘stroopwafels’ (Dutch ! Famous ! Lekker !) we decide to check out the dikes on the sea side – where we find an Oystercatcher excellently positioned on a line of wooden poles. This makes sure we get our share of ‘artistic’ images as well. It’s still raining, but we don’t notice (and don’t care).

We conclude the tour by visiting some places that might be of interest in other seasons (Sergio is a regular visitor for the area, and was happy to learn about interesting places in fall and winter) and also visit the “Plompetoren” tower, with a nice exhibition about the wildlife in the area. Of course, we make stops on the way for images of Oystercatchers and Grey Herons. Other species we see during our trip are several geese (Greylag and Barnacle), Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Marsh Harrier and Common Terns).

After a wonderful lunch, we say goodbye and promise to team up again someday soon!