Common merganser and avocets


Common merganser male, 18 January 2014

This photo shows a common merganser male, swimming near a harbour in Kerkwerve village on Schouwen island in the Netherlands.

Before we reached that bird on 18 January 2014, we went from the Brouwersdam south through Schouwen.

Near Zonnemaire village, on a field, scores of Bewick’s and whooper swans. Hundreds of tundra bean geese surrounded the swans.

Further south, a small lake where scores of mallards and shoveler ducks swam.

We arrived at Kerkwerve harbour, on the Oosterschelde estuary. A little egret on a mudflat. A kestrel flying. Two shelducks flying.

Common merganser male, Kerkwerve, 18 January 2014

And common mergansers swimming, which I already mentioned.

More to the west, an avocet. Tufted ducks. A barnacle goose.

Redshanks on a mudflat.

On the bank of a lakelet, a merlin sitting.

Teal swimming. Hundreds of golden plovers flying.

Egyptian geese, 18 January 2014

An Egyptian geese couple.

A female smew climbed out of the water.

On the other side of the road, a spoonbill looking for food. Unlike other spoonbills, it had not migrated to Africa.

We continued to a hide, called Turegluren. That name is a wordplay on the Dutch words for redshank and peeking.

Golden plovers, 18 January 2014

Big flocks of golden plovers fly around.

On the other bank of the lake, a peregrine falcon sitting on a pole.

Avocets and shelduck, 18 January 2014

Near a muddy islet, a flock of avocets.

Avocets flying, 18 January 2014

Sometimes, they are flying.

Avocets feedng, 18 January 2014

Sometimes, they are looking for food.

Avocets, black-tailed godwits and shelduck, 18 January 2014

Black-tailed godwits join the avocets; and a few shelducks.

Avocets, black-tailed godwits and a shelduck, 18 January 2014

See also here.

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    ZUIDKUST VAN SCHOUWEN: EEN WAAR VOGELELDORADO.
    Langs de Zuidkust van Schouwen ligt een hele reeks inlagen, brakwater
    gebieden tussen de oude en de nieuwe dijk, die ik tientallen jaren voor Vogelbescherming Nederland heb beheerd. Al heel lang lag er het plan om al die gebieden met elkaar te verbinden en dat is in de achter ons liggende decennia gelukt. Nu ligt er een waar vogeleldorado van enkele duizenden hectaren groot waar altijd vele duizenden vogels verblijven.

    In het vorige Ornithonieuws heeft u kunnen genieten van de rotganzen,
    vandaag zijn de brandganzen aan de beurt. Maar ook zijn er kleine
    zilverreigers, wulpen en zelfs een groepje reeën die zich op
    klaarlichte dag al grazend op de dijk, lieten bekijken. Onder aan de
    dijk betrapten we, in een klein slootje, een middelste zaagbekman in
    prachtkleed met zo’n mooie punkkuif. Deze zaagbekken zijn sinds enkele
    decennia in Zeeland gaan broeden en een mooie aanwinst. Bij de
    Koudekerkse Inlaag kun je bovendien vanaf de Plompe toren de omgeving
    prachtig overzien!

    http://www.nicodehaan.nl/Onieuws/schouwenzuid

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