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Group birding to the Oostvaardersplassen
Guide Joost Bouwmeester and Cor Visser
Date: July 5th 2019
Kevin booked a tour with Birding Netherlands for the group who’s on their way to South Africa for a safari. They had a stopover in Amsterdam that allowed them to spend some time birding.
Joost and Cor picked the group up at 06.30 and headed to the Oostvaardersplassen the landscape of the nature reserve was already impressive for them. A the first stop we found a flock of Bearded Reedlings and singing Reed- and Cetti’s Warbler.
Due to the low water level there are plenty of mudflats that attract large flock of Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff, Common Shelducks, Teal and groups of foraging Spoonbills.
Over the reedbed a handful of Marsh Harrier are hunting and a musk rat swims bij. On the pipes along the dike many gulls and terns are resting and a Stock Dove, Oystercatcher and Lapwing are showing close by.
At another site of Bearded Reedlings we directly come across a family flock and beside these we’re also surrounded by birds with fledgelings.
In front of the hide there are many Avocets and two Wood Sandpipers but we just missed the White-tailed Eagles but see a Kingfisher as a bonus before it’s time to head back to Amsterdam again.