20181031 Oostvaardersplassen full day birding

20181031 Oostvaardersplassen full day birding

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 !

UK NL Latin
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
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Wigeon Smient Anas penelope
Gadwall Krakeend Anas strepera
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Pintail Pijlstaart Anas acuta
Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
White-tailed Eagle Zeearend Haliaeetus albicilla
Sparrowhawk Sperwer Accipiter nisus
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Merlin Smelleken Falco columbarius
Peregrine Falcon Slechtvalk Falco peregrinus
Moorhen Waterhoen Gallinula chloropus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Spotted Redshank Zwarte Ruiter Tringa erythropus
Dunlin Bonte Strandloper Calidris alpina
Ruff Kemphaan Philomachus pugnax
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
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
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
Wren Winterkoning Troglodytes troglodytes
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Fieldfare Kramsvogel Turdus pilaris
Redwing Koperwiek Turdus iliacus
Song Thrush Zanglijster Turdus philomelos
Cetti's Warbler Cetti's Zanger Cettia cetti
Robin Roodborst Erithacus rubecula
Marsh Tit Matkop Poecile palustris
Great Tit Koolmees Parus major
Treecreeper Boomkruiper Certhia familiaris
Jay Gaai Garrulus glandarius
Magpie Ekster Pica pica
Carrion Crow Zwarte Kraai Corvus corone
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
Chaffinch Vink Fringilla coelebs
Brambling Keep Fringilla montifringilla
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis

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