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Full day guided birding at the Oostvaardersplassen
Guide: Joost Bouwmeester
Date: 31 October 2018
Peter and I had a cup of coffee while the sun rises over the Oostvaardersplassen. Perfect morning light tells us it’s gonna be a great day for birding. Peter hold on to his cup firmly for it was rather cold on the dike.
Geese flew against the orange sky of the sunrise and a group of Northern Shovelers foraged in line behind the reeds at close distance. Once on the Knardijk (birders boulevard) we observed a juvenile Peregrine above a large group of flying Avocets. One Avocet is a beauty, so what about some 300 Avocets?!
While the atmosphere was not warmed up yet in the early morning, the Swarovski ATX 30-70x95 spotting scope showed a very sharp view of the birds. They rested all in front of a hide out together with a large group of ducks and waders.
Once in the shelter of the hidewe enjoyed a Dunlin, Ruff, Lapwing, Black-tailed Dodwit, Spotted Redshank, Northern Shoveler, Common Shelduck, Teal and a Northern Pintail. Water Pipits were seen at the Keersluisplas so we checked out the mud flats from the top of the dike. Bingo ! Some 10 birds were present.
While checking out al the treetops for a Great Grey Shrike we bumped in to a juv White-tailed Eagle resting in a low tree trunk. At that moment the day was already a great success for Peter. But there was more to come.
Because of the south wind there was a lot of bird migration. So the path through the reeds and willow trees to every hideout could be a chance for some nice birding as well. Well it was a hard job for Peter who never saw the European birds to registrate all these different songbirds around him. And so close by!
Willow Tit in full view, Brambling male, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Redwing, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, etc. The Short-toed Treecreeper was the only one that gave him a hard time; always on the other side of the tree trunk.
We found a Merlin who had caught a Blackbird. Its prey had almost the same size! The merlin wasn’t the only bird of prey who took its toll among the migrating birds. Kestrel, Common Buzzard and Sparrow Hawk were often seen that day. Now the only bird left on my list which I dearly liked to show him was the Kingfisher. So we visited a hide where the Kingfisher was all summer and also every day last week. “ Just flew off”, was the comment of the laughing photographers in the hide. Not funny when you come all the way from Pennsylvania.
So we enjoyed our self with flocks of Barnacle-, Greylag, and Greater White-fronted Geese. We ended our roundtrip at the visitor centre at the Jan van der Bosch pad. But not before observing new species like Eurasian Wigeon, Grey Wagtails, a Fox and an adult White-tailed Eagle. We were lucky. The eagle flew very low. The light was right. He showed us its bright white tail and landed….just out of view in a ditch. “This birding day was awesome”, Peter said. So we got another Happy Birder !
|Great Crested Grebe||Fuut||Podiceps cristatus|
|Great Cormorant||Aalscholver||Phalacrocorax carbo|
|Grey Heron||Blauwe Reiger||Ardea cinerea|
|Great Egret||Grote Zilverreiger||Ardea alba|
|Mute Swan||Knobbelzwaan||Cygnus olor|
|Whooper Swan||Wilde Zwaan||Cygnus cygnus|
|White-fronted Goose||Kolgans||Anser albifrons|
|Greylag Goose||Grauwe Gans||Anser anser|
|Barnacle Goose||Brandgans||Branta leucopsis|
|Mallard||Wilde Eend||Anas platyrhynchos|
|Northern Pintail||Pijlstaart||Anas acuta|
|Common Pochard||Tafeleend||Aythya ferina|
|Tufted Duck||Kuifeend||Aythya fuligula|
|White-tailed Eagle||Zeearend||Haliaeetus albicilla|
|Peregrine Falcon||Slechtvalk||Falco peregrinus|
|Black-tailed Godwit||Grutto||Limosa limosa|
|Spotted Redshank||Zwarte Ruiter||Tringa erythropus|
|Dunlin||Bonte Strandloper||Calidris alpina|
|Common Gull||Stormmeeuw||Larus canus|
|Great Black-backed Gull||Grote Mantelmeeuw||Larus marinus|
|Herring Gull||Zilvermeeuw||Larus argentatus|
|Caspian Gull||Pontische Meeuw||Larus cachinans|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull||Kleine Mantelmeeuw||Larus graellsii|
|Black-headed Gull||Kokmeeuw||Larus ridibundus|
|Collared-Dove||Turkse Tortel||Streptopelia decaocto|
|Greater Spotted Woodpecker||Grote Bonte Specht||Dendrocopos major|
|Wood Lark||Boomleeuwerik||Lullula arborea|
|Sky Lark||Veldleeuwerik||Alauda arvensis|
|White Wagtail||Witte Kwikstaart||Motacilla alba|
|Meadow Pipit||Graspieper||Anthus pratensis|
|Water Pipit||Waterpieper||Anthus spinoletta|
|Song Thrush||Zanglijster||Turdus philomelos|
|Cetti's Warbler||Cetti's Zanger||Cettia cetti|
|Marsh Tit||Matkop||Poecile palustris|
|Great Tit||Koolmees||Parus major|
|Carrion Crow||Zwarte Kraai||Corvus corone|