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Full day tour at the Oostvaardersplassen and Amsterdam
Guide: Cor Visser
Date: Saturday 9 April 2019
It’s 06:45 am when I arrived at the hotel where Suzanne sleeps she was already waiting in front of her hotel in Amsterdam.
We headed to the Oostvaardersplassen where we arrived at 07:30. Sadly there was a lot of wind and the birds were hard to see. At the car park we where welcomed by the sound of a Wren, Chiffchaff and Blackbird. First we went to the hide named “the Kluut” on our way to the hide we saw and heard Willow Warbler, Barn Swallow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wren, Blackbirds, Cetti’s Warbler and Chiffchaffs. In front of the hide we see Avocets, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshanks, Shovelers, Barn Swallow and Greylag Geese.
We spend some time there and Suzanne took some great photos. When we got back to the car we first took a cup of coffee with stroopwafel (typically Dutch biscuits). Our next stop was another hide named “the Grauwe Gans” here we saw Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Avocet, Coot, Greylag Geese, Northern Lapwing, Northern Shoveler, etc.
We went back to the main entrance for a walk through the area. During our walk we saw European Goldfinch, Linnet, White Wagtail, Common Buzzard and more. We also spotted a Red Fox, Red Deer and Konik Horse and Suzanne was able to photograph them.
Suzanne's great wish was to see the Bluethroat and to take a good photo of this beautiful warbler. After a long search we found the Bluethroat low by the ground. Another was singing in top of a little tree and was easily approachable for some fantastic shots.
We went further to another hide and saw more Konik Horses, Red deer and an Buzzard. After this hide we walked back to the visitor center for a lunch.
After the lunch we decided to continue to walk to the hide "De Oeverloper". When we arrived in the hide we saw a lot of Geese in front of the hide and hoped for the Kingfisher but he didn’t showed himself.
We drove back to the other side of the water to see if the Bearded Tit showed up. Arriving at the destination, the wind was blowing very hard and the birds kept low. On the water it was very quiet.
We moved to the Lepelaarsplassen and have a look on the wetland with also a lot of Geese. We continued our way to the hide. Here we saw many Tufted Ducks, Gadwall and a couple Black Swan. When we headed back to Amsterdam the total score of the day was 65 species of birds.
|Little Grebe||Dodaars||Tachybaptus ruficollis|
|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|
|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|
|Tufted Duck||Kuifeend||Aythya fuligula|
|Marsh-Harrier||Bruine Kiekendief||Circus aeruginosus|
|Black-tailed Godwit||Grutto||Limosa limosa|
|Common Gull||Stormmeeuw||Larus canus|
|Herring Gull||Zilvermeeuw||Larus argentatus|
|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|
|White Wagtail||Witte Kwikstaart||Motacilla alba|
|Meadow Pipit||Graspieper||Anthus pratensis|
|Marsh Tit||Glanskop||Poecile palustris|
|Great Tit||Koolmees||Parus major|
|Blue Tit||Pimpelmees||Cyanistes caeruleus|
|Carrion Crow||Zwarte Kraai||Corvus corone|
|Reed Bunting||Rietgors||Emberiza schoeniclus|