Red-necked phalarope, ruffs and marsh harrier


Red-necked phalarope, 23 August 2015

On 23 August 2015, after what happened in my earlier blog post, still in North Holland province in the Netherlands. A flower bulb field was under water, for biological pest control. That attracted birds like this red-necked phalarope.

Red-necked phalaropes are smaller relatives of grey phalaropes which we had seen in Svalbard. Both Eurasian phalarope species are rare migrants in the Netherlands.

Ruff male, 23 August 2015

There were also a common sandpiper and ruffs on migration there. This photo shows a male ruff, with still remnants of his mating season collar around his neck.

Ruff male, on 23 August 2015

Ruff male, still on 23 August 2015

Not far from Callantsoog village, another field with a low water level attracted ruffs.

Dunlin, 23 August 2015

And dunlin. They still had some black feathers on their bellies, but not as many as in their mating season.

Turnstone, 23 August 2015

And a few turnstones.

And a ringed plover.

And some little stints.

Wood sandpiper, 23 August 2015

And a wood sandpiper.

Shelducks, wigeon and mallards, 23 August 2015

A bit further on a bank, juvenile shelducks resting. Behind them, two wigeon. Still further behind them, mallards.

A dozen oystercatchers.

We went back south, to the Harger- en Pettemerpolder reserve.

Marsh harrier, 23 August 2015

A male marsh harrier flying there.

Marsh harrier male, 23 August 2015

A bit further, a beautiful great egret not far away. However, the battery of the camera was finished.

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