Today, again to the nature reserve where the Baillon’s crakes nested last year.
Three great cormorants and a magpie on the windmill.
Gadwall ducks, mallards, coots, and moorhens in the canals.
A juvenile mute swan with a grey neck along the footpath.
A female tufted duck in a ditch. A grey heron on the roof of a house.
Canada geese. Some Egyptian geese.
On the most western island in the northern lake, two kingfishers. Good to see this species here as the harsh 2009-2010 winter killed many kingfishers. One sits on a branch just above the water. The other one a bit higher, about one meter high, in a leafless tree. They call often.
This is a kingfisher video.
The kingfishers are still there, but unfortunately I have to go on. In the air, over a hundred geese fly south, calling. Predictions are that sub zero weather and snow will come soon. I hope the kingfishers will survive.
This is a video about mating kingfishers.
As I go back, along the canal, someone hang a big bag of peanuts in a tree. The bag is heavy enough for bigger birds to eat from it. As I pass, a jay is driven away by a jackdaw which takes its place on the feeder.
Australian wood ducks in the Netherlands: here.
April 2011: The entire population of the Tuamotu kingfisher – just 125 birds – lives on one tiny island in the South Pacific. Without serious intervention, the multicoloured, tropical bird with bright blue feathers, a dusty orange head, and a bright green back will no longer exist: here.