Saturday, 29 September 2012.
Now, I have to walk barefoot on the sand and through the now shallow sea for about half an hour to Rottum.
I pass sanderlings and dunlins.
We reach the dunes of Rottum. Normally, it is illegal to go there. However, as the birds’ nesting season is over now, today is an exception.
Sanderlings on the beach.
Among the breaking waves swims a female eider duck.
On the beach, a bar-tailed godwit looks for food.
On the outer edge of the outermost dune, European searocket flowers.
The warden tells that the rare grayling butterfly lives on the island. It is too late in the year to see it now.
In the summer, there are two wardens on the island, studying birds and other wildlife and keeping out trespassers. In winter, about two times a month, birds are counted on Rottum and Zuiderduin islet not far away.
On the beach, a Zirfaea crispata shell.
On the inner side of a seaside dune, bittersweet flowers.
In the marshy area behind the dunes, grey lag geese. There has been a marine wash-over on the island this year. Bringing salt water, which is good for some species and bad for others.
Three pintail ducks.
Just before we reach the warden’s house again, a meadow pipit flying and calling.
Meanwhile, on the beach, a ringed plover.
As we walk back to the ship, many dunlins.
Brent geese fly past.
Here is a Dutch TV video on a woman, born on Rottum when it was still inhabited, coming back to the island for a walk in 2011.
Rottum plants: here.
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