Bittern, sparrowhawk and fungi


Saturday 20 October 2012.

To the Ackerdijkse plassen nature reserve, not far from Delft town in the Netherlands.

A kestrel couple hovering in the air.

Bittern, Ackerdijkse plassen, 20 October 2012

Another bird flies past. It is a bittern! The warden says they hear this rare bird, good at hiding itself, in the reserve; but they hardly ever see it. This is a special morning, as the bittern flies past again twice.

Other bittern photos are here.

Great egrets, Ackerdijkse plassen, 20 October 2012

In leafless trees, relatives of the bittern: great egrets.

An Egyptian goose flying.

Common earthballs.

Armillaria gallica, young, Ackerdijkse plassen, 20 October 2012

More fungi: Armillaria gallica.

Armillaria gallica, old, Ackerdijkse plassen, 20 October 2012

Many soft rushes in this marshy environment.

Candlesnuff fungus.

Great cormorant flying.

A greenfinch on a tree.

Sulphur tuft fungi.

A jay calls.

A wren sings.

Common hornbeam and beech trees next to each other. Most tress in the reserve are only a few decades old. Before that, it was farmland. However, the farmer wanted to stop farming and transferred the land to BirdLife in the Netherlands. They later transferred it to conservation organization Natuurmonumenten.

Short-toed treecreeper sound.

On wood: jelly ear and Xylaria polymorpha fungi.

A buzzard flying. Then, a sparrowhawk.

Wigeons and tufted ducks, Ackerdijkse plassen, 20 October 2012

At the Boschplas lake hide: over ten wigeons and two tufted ducks swimming.

Still one blackberry flower. Also, still a ragged robin flower.

On a fallen birch tree, birch polypore fungus.

Farm, Ackerdijkse plassen, 20 October 2012

We go back to the central building, formerly the farm; originally built in 1666.

Four stock doves flying.

Gadwalls and wigeons, Ackerdijkse plassen, 20 October 2012

At the next hide, many ducks. Mallard and gadwall ducks. Common pochards.

Wigeons, Ackerdijkse plassen, 20 October 2012

Wigeons. Great crested grebe. Canada goose.

Great cormorant, Ackerdijkse plassen, 20 October 2012

A great cormorant on a tree.

A great egret flying.

Armillaria mellea and turkey tail fungi, Ackerdijkse plassen, 20 October 2012

Finally, on a tree stump near the farm: Armillaria mellea and turkey tail fungi.

Turkey tail fungi, Ackerdijkse plassen, 20 October 2012

Bittern photo, Naardermeer railway: here.

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7 thoughts on “Bittern, sparrowhawk and fungi

    • Yes, the reserve during the recent decades has become more varied, with pieces of woodland growing on some parts of what used to be all pasture. Water has become cleaner etc.

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