Birds and plants near the Zandmotor

This 2014 video is about the Zandmotor, an artificial peninsula in the North Sea between Ter Heijde and The Hague in the Netherlands.

We went there on 13 August 2015.

A great cormorant flying over the sand dunes.

On the sand dunes closest to the sea, common sea-buckthorn and elder grow.

So does stinging nettle.

And the yellow flowers of narrow-leaved ragwort, originally from South Africa; present here for just over ten years.

On the sandy plain of the Zandmotor peninsula, scores of herring gulls and lesser black-backed gulls rest.

In the Zandmotor lakelet, great cormorants and great crested grebes swim.

Near the high water mark, European searocket flowers. Tumbleweed grows there as well.

On some other days, one can see eg spoonbills and seals at the Zandmotor. We did not see them, as it was a busy Sunday. That dogs are allowed to run here without being on leashes probably disturbs wildlife.

Update, September 2016: here.

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