Target birds:

  • Lesser White-fronted Goose
  • Pink-footed Goose
  • Smew
  • Purple Sandpiper
  • Penduline Tit
  • Little Bittern

Rotterdam has the second airport of the Netherlands. Especially it's interested for British birders as price brokers fly at Rotterdam and check-in and out is faster then at Schiphol. Just outside the city you find some small reserves with interesting birds like Bluethroat, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Spoonbills and even Little Bittern breed annually close to Rotterdam. Just north of Rotterdam is the best wintering site for Pink-footed Goose, mixed with Greater White-fronted, Barnacle and sometimes a Red-breasted.


On full day tours we visit the Biesbosch National Park just a one hour drive. This is the only place where Ospreys breed and also a couple of breeding pairs of White-tailed Eagle. During migration it's a very good place for waders and in the winter countless ducks and geese winter here incl Smew and Lesser White-fronted Goose.


One of the best birding site is Southwest of Rotterdam and can also be reached within an hour. The South Holland islands have top birding spots year round. In winter many species of geese winter here like Brent (3 subspecies), Bean, Barnacle, Greater White-fronts, Pink-footed and Greylag.

Along the coast you find wintering grebes, divers, scoters and Purple Sandpipers. With some luck you come across Long-tailed Duck, Twite, Shore Lark, Snow or Lapland Bunting.