20190703 bird photo tour Noord Holland

20190703 bird photo tour Noord Holland

Bird photo tour Noord Holland
Guide: Joost Bouwmeester
Date 03 July 2019

Charlie is an American birder and photographer who lives in Germany. He found out that Holland is a better birding country so he plans to visit us more frequently. BNL asked me to guide him on his first trip for half a day in Noord Holland. We met up at 8;00 in the Hager- en Pettemerpolder. This is old fashioned farmland turned into a nature reserve. Natuurmonumenten created in this area a wetland for the sandwich turns. Now thousand and more breed there on little islands.

Amongst all sorts of waders one can see a lot of avocets. Now with chicks. They have a hard time defending them against herring gulls and lesser black backed gulls. Driving through the pastures we spotted the first migrating greenshank and two golden plovers. We enjoyed lapwings, oystercatchers and meadow pipit.

Up north only half an hour, there are more wetlands to be seen. Started off up there with 5 yellow wagtails and a few white wagtails in de bulb fields. In the shallow pools 29 black tailed godwits were foraging. A few ruff, still with a bit colourful feathers and ruddy turnstones already flew from the north of Europa to this fine feeding ground.

There was also a first wood sandpiper. Ducks are moulting now. Not nice for the photographer but Charlie is also a birder. We spotted shelducks, common pochard, tufted duck, northern shoveler and European teal. We had only an hour left to make a pitstop in the dunes. Although breeding season is over we heard singing stonechats and whitethroats. A family of common linnets were feeding on the dune vegetation, offering a good opportunity for a photo. Not much species but a huge amount of birds in only half a day. And good spots for a bird photographer. Charlie will be back. For sure.

Photos by Charles Campell

UK NL Latin
Great Cormorant Aalscholver Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Blauwe Reiger Ardea cinerea
Mute Swan Knobbelzwaan Cygnus olor
Greylag Goose Grauwe Gans Anser anser
Shelduck Bergeend Tadorna tadorna
Mallard Wilde Eend Anas platyrhynchos
Teal Wintertaling Anas crecca
Shoveler Slobeend Anas clypeata
Common Pochard Tafeleend Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck Kuifeend Aythya fuligula
Buzzard Buizerd Buteo buteo
Kestrel Torenvalk Falco tinnunculus
Coot Meerkoet Fulica atra
Oystercatcher Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus
Avocet Kluut Recurvirostra avosetta
Lapwing Kievit Vanellus vanellus
Golden-Plover Goudplevier Pluvialis apricaria
Ringed Plover Bontbekplevier Charadrius hiaticula
Black-tailed Godwit Grutto Limosa limosa
Redshank Tureluur Tringa totanus
Greenshank Groenpootruiter Tringa nebularia
Wood Sandpiper Bosruiter Tringa glareola
Ruddy Turnstone Steenloper Arenaria interpres
Dunlin Bonte Strandloper Calidris alpina
Ruff Kemphaan Philomachus pugnax
Herring Gull Zilvermeeuw Larus argentatus
Lesser Black-backed Gull Kleine Mantelmeeuw Larus graellsii
Black-headed Gull Kokmeeuw Larus ridibundus
Sandwich Tern Grote Stern Sterna sandvicensis
Common Tern Visdief Sterna hirundo
Stock Pigeon Holenduif Columba oenas
Wood-Pigeon Houtduif Columba palumbus
Collared-Dove Turkse Tortel Streptopelia decaocto
Swift Gierzwaluw Apus apus
Greater Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht Dendrocopos major
Barn Swallow Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica
House Martin Huiszwaluw Delichon urbica
White Wagtail Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Yellow Wagtail Gele Kwikstaart Motacilla flava
Meadow Pipit Graspieper Anthus pratensis
Blackbird Merel Turdus merula
Reed-Warbler Kleine Karekiet Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Chiffchaff Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Whitethroat Grasmus Sylvia communis
Stonechat Roodborsttapuit Saxicola rubicola
Magpie Ekster Pica pica
Jackdaw Kauw Corvus monedula
Carrion Crow Zwarte Kraai Corvus corone
Starling Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Huismus Passer domesticus
Goldfinch Putter Carduelis carduelis
Linnet Kneu Carduelis cannabina
Reed Bunting Rietgors Emberiza schoeniclus

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