Birds, seal, and Vliehors poems of Vlieland


This 2011 video is about travelling from Texel island to the Vliehors, the western part of Vlieland island in the Netherlands. First by ship, then by passenger transport truck, the Vliehors Expres; then, back by ship again.

The Vliehors is one of the biggest sand plains in Europe.

After 28 September came 29 September 2015 for us on Vlieland.

Jackdaw, 29 September 2015

In the morning, we went north to the North Sea beach. There is a restaurant there. It attracted this jackdaw.

House sparrow, Vlieland, 29 September 2015

And this house sparrow.

On the beach, herring gulls.

Sandwich terns, 29 September 2015

Close to the beach, four Sandwich terns flying over the North Sea. Probably preparing for autumn migration to Africa.

Vliehors Express tyres, 29 September 2015

In the afternoon, we went to the Vliehors, by Vliehors Expres truck.

Vliehors Express tyres poem, 29 September 2015

The tyres of the Vliehors Expres write two-line poems in the sand. Every now and then, a new short poem replaces the previous short poem on the tyres.

The Vliehors Expres was full of people. Including an accordion player. Among the songs he played was The Wild Rover from Ireland. And John Brown’s Body from the USA.

This music video from the USA is called Pete Seeger: John Brown’s Body.

As the Vliehors Expres continued on the beach, herring gulls and lesser black-backed gulls. And some great black-backed gulls. And great cormorants.

We reached the Vliehors. And then, its Wadden Sea side, where we stopped.

Eider duck male, 29 September 2015

A young male eider duck swam there.

Harbour seal, 29 September 2015

And minutes later, a harbour seal.

Vliehors, 29 September 2015

Not far away, the landing for the ship from Texel.

Vliehors, shipwrecked people's shelter, 29 September 2015

The truck continued to a wooden building, originally built for shipwrecked sailors. However, 1953 was the last time a shipwrecked person used it. It is now a sort of beachcombers‘ open air museum.

Then, we went back to the ‘jackdaw’ restaurant at the north-eastern North Sea beach.

On a jetty, a sanderling between ruddy turnstones.

Great cormorant, 29 September 2015

On another jetty, this great cormorant.

10 thoughts on “Birds, seal, and Vliehors poems of Vlieland

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  3. 21-04-2016

    Sinds deze week is er een nieuwe tekst op het Vlielander strand te lezen als de Vliehors Expres langs gereden is. Zeker de eilanders weten dat Maarten Nijman, eigenaar van de Vliehors Expres, elk jaar een nieuwe tekst of groet in één van de banden van de wagen snijdt. De oude tekst is nu verdwenen, een nieuwe tekst is gekomen. In het zand van Vlieland staan nu de woorden van Ingrid den Hollander gedrukt. Benieuwd naar het gedicht?

    ‘Een moment overspoeld door gedachten, smachtend naar dit moment. Een zee van ruimte, hier ben ik in mijn element.’

    De schrijfster van deze woorden is geen onbekende op Vlieland. Haar vader is predikant en kwam geregeld op Vlie om de kerkdiensten te leiden. Ze sliepen dan in het Diaconiehuis.
    Bron: Harlinger Courant

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