This is a video of a male red-crested pochard.
Today, to Meijendel nature reserve.
Before I got there, from the train: many grey lag geese at the Naardermeer. Near Hoofddorp tufted ducks, and later a buzzard.
A coot transporting a green leaf of its own size across the water to its nest near the river Rhine.
Walking from the bus stop to Meijendel, a long-tailed tit. And brimstone butterflies. Later, in Meijendel itself, many speckled wood butterflies.
In Meijendel, I walk at first along the path with red markers; then, the blue path; finally, the yellow path which leads to the sea.
A jay. Sounds of willow warbler, chiffchaff, and great spotted woodpecker.
I arrive at the hide near one of the dune lakes. On the water: coots, mallards, tufted ducks, great crested grebes.
Just as I am starting to think: ‘nice birds, but common species’, I see two red-crested pochards, a male and a female, gliding over the water surface.
Then, a nightingale singing. The first one of many which I will hear here today.
I pass more dune lakes. I hear a little grebe calling. Four great cormorants pass overhead.
Great tits in bushes not far from the sea.
Oystercatchers, carrion crows, and herring gulls on the beach.
As I walk back, a meadow pipit and a barn swallow above the dunes closest to the sea.
Nightingale and chiffchaff sounds.
At the lake which I passed before on my way to the sea, the same birds, now joined by a northern lapwing. The common gulls are in an amorous mood.
At the hide, I didn’t see the red-crested pochards any more. However, there were two gadwall now.
Sounds of a green woodpecker and a pheasant.
Nightingales are disappearing from Britain because deer are eating the woodland undergrowth the birds need for nesting, a new study has shown. It is a significant breakthrough in understanding why numbers of the renowned songbird are rapidly falling; here.