This is a photo of a great reed warbler, and of a smaller Eurasian reed warbler, in a bird ringer‘s hands at a ringing station of Dutch SOVON ornithologists in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands, on 23 August 2014. Like all pictures in this blog post, it is a cellphone camera photo.
Before I will tell you why these two birds are so special, I will tell how we got there.
Walking to the ringing place, we saw a red fox.
A sand martin flying past.
Then, we arrived at the bird ringing. Something really special: a great reed warbler had flown into the ringers’ net. This is a really rare species in the Netherlands. It was the ringers’ only great reed warbler of that day. This young bird was born this year, as its feathers showed.
The Eurasian reed warbler in the ringer’s other hand was an adult bird. Maybe two years old, maybe ten.
After the ringing and making of notes, all birds were freed to continue their long journey to Africa. If one of these birds will ever be found again, than that will contribute to more knowledge about that individual bird and its species; helping with conservation.
A marsh harrier flew over the ringing station.
What happened, as we walked back from the ringing place? Stay tuned!