Guillemot and avocets

This is a video of a guillemot colony.

Today, to Voorne island.

Rooks. A reed warbler singing.

Back to the Groene Strand nature reserve, where we were last year as well.

Greater yellow-rattle flowering. Many Early marsh-orchid flowers.

A little egret flying overhead.

A cuckoo flying past.

A cinnabar moth.

A goldfinch in a tree.

A whitethroat singing from the top of a bush.

Nightingale song as well.

A spoonbill and great cormorants flying overhead.

A male pheasant.

A young, very recently fledged, whitethroat in a bush.

White campion flowers.

At the first bird hide, a redshank, lapwings, and three grey lag geese.

A Judas’s ear fungus.

A liitle whitethroat singing.

A red-tailed bumblebee.

At the second hide: avocets, shelducks, redshanks, oystercatchers. Five barnacle geese, and ten Canada geese flying away.

A common blue butterfly.

At the third, biggest, hide there are many birds. Including red-breasted merganser; many avocets, including juveniles; Canada geese with goslings; ringed plovers; common terns; tufted ducks; linnets.

An Egyptian goose at the other bank of the wetland. A marsh harrier flying.

As we go back, a painted lady butterfly.

Eyebright flowers.

Two great crested grebes, one with a chick on its back.

A coot.

A Bombus terrestris bumblebee.

A pied wagtail sitting on a pole.

We continue to the new Strypse wetering nature reserve.

House martins and barn swallows flying.

Mute swans. Barnacle geese. Avocets. Gadwall ducks.

A small tortoiseshell butterfly.

Common pochards. Male and female shoveler.

Ringed plover.

A bit further, a lapwing drives a female marsh harrier away.

A bit further, an avocet drives a black-tailed godwit away.

Grey lag geese. Little ringed plovers. A meadow pipit hovering close to its nest.

We cannot continue to the Maasvlakte because of quicksand danger. A rabbit crosses the road.

Then, something special in the Oostvoornse meer: a guillemot swimming. Though this lake is brackish to salt, it is unusual to see this seabird here now, instead of nesting on the rocky coasts of Britain.

A swimming cormorant catches a big flatfish. He manages to gulp it down.

In the Hoekje Jans reserve, Anagallis tenella flowering.

Marsh lousewort flowers attract a Bombus terrestris bumblebee.

Lots of narrow-leaved ragwort, an invasive species from South Africa.

Three linnets.

Mediterranean gulls flying.

Sea spurge.

May 2011: Experts at the National Trust for Scotland‘s St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve have recorded the earliest ever eggs from guillemots this year: here.

Texel black guillemot: here.

Britain, July 2010: The bird that is the logo of the RSPB – and a symbol of bird conservation – has had a good breeding season, with record-breaking numbers at one UK reserve and the return after a 16-year break at another. A failing breeding avocet colony on the Humber has enjoyed a dramatic reversal in fortunes with its most successful season ever, thanks to a major restoration project: here.

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