From Rottum to Lauwersoog


This is a video about birds in Lauwersoog harbour in 2007. It shows common terns, black terns, black-headed gulls, herring gulls and a few turnstones.

Sunday 30 September 2012.

After our beautiful visit yesterday to uninhabited island Rottum, today we will sail from Rottum to Lauwersoog; and then on to Zoutkamp.

While our ship is still on the sandbank, we hear curlews calling.

Ten oystercatchers pass, flying, also calling.

Twenty brent geese fly close above the sea.

A bit higher flies a meadow pipit, calling.

We are on our way. A swimming harbour seal passes, its head above the water.

Lauwersoog harbour turnstones, 30 September 2012

We arrive in Lauwersoog harbour. Many turnstones on a dock, like when we were here two days ago.

Lauwersoog turnstones, 30 September 2012

On the same jetty, a bit further, black-headed gulls.

Herring gull, Lauwersoog, 30 September 2012

On the next dock, herring gulls.

Greater black-backed gull, Lauwersoog, 30 September 2012

And a few greater black-backed gulls.

Quite some ships are waiting to pass through the lock, from the sea to the fresh water of Lauwersmeer lake. We are lucky, we don’t have to wait very long.

16 thoughts on “From Rottum to Lauwersoog

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    • Hi, slogging through sand and sea is not that bad if there are dunlins and sanderlings around, and if one can this way visit an island which is impossible to visit another way 🙂

      Thanks for adding the deer photo!

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      • Yes! I forgot that you visited an island otherwise forbidden. And I have to admit, I envyed your slogging through the sand and shallow sea. I have always loved the water whether it be ocean, sea, lake, river or pond. The sounds, the smells, the sights; it stirs something in me. But don’t ask me why. Take care. Wally

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