Guillemot and long-tailed duck

Guillemot, Brouwersdam, 18 January 2014

This is a photo of a guillemot, swimming near the Brouwersdam, between south-Holland and Zeeland provinces in the Netherlands.

Before I arrived there to see that bird on 18 January 2014, the earliest birds of the day had been a singing blackbird and a singing great tit.

Along our way, buzzards sitting on poles.

At the Brouwersdam, oystercatchers. Male and female common mergansers swimming.

Curlew, Brouwersdam, 18 January 2014

And curlews standing.

Grey plover and brent geese, Brouwersdam, 18 January 2014

A bit further, six brent geese swimming past two grey plovers on the North Sea shore.

Brent geese flying, Brouwersdam, 18 January 2014, with male and female common merganser swimming on the right

Long-tailed duck male, Brouwersdam, 18 January 2014

A beautiful male long-tailed duck was swimming close to the shore. In winter plumage now; unlike its summer plumage in Spitsbergen.

Other long-tailed-duck photos from the Brouwersdam: here.

Long-tailed duck male swimming, Brouwersdam, 18 January 2014

The duck was not shy.

Goldeneye male, Brouwersdam, 18 January 2014

Male and female goldeneyes swam further away.

Still further away, near the lock, grey seals and herring gulls on a sandbank.

A red-throated diver and red-necked grebes swimming.

Great cormorant, Brouwersdam, 18 January 2014

Great cormorants sitting on the rocks of the dam.

Stay tuned; as we continued to Schouwen island, where we saw more interesting birds.

Long-tailed and other ducks: here.

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