On 24 October 2015, to the Maasvlakte, west of Rotterdam; as this blog reported earlier. We were there for birds, but saw many ships as well. Like this ship on its way to Rotterdam harbour; some of its containers had gone out of balance during the journey.
Some containers were still where they were supposed to be.
A great black-backed gull on a jetty.
As we walked back to the parking lot, there were a few goldcrests in bushes.
At another spot, a grey seal swimming in the sea.
Still more ships.
A kestrel on a lamppost.
Common scoters flying off the coast.
We come to a place called the Slufter of the Maasvlakte. Many shelducks there.
And about 100 avocets: sometimes flying, sometimes resting.
On the south side of the Maasvlakte, you could see seals on a sandbank from a hide. And oystercatchers.
Much closer to the hide, this female chaffinch.
This video is about a male and a female chaffinch in winter in Britain.
Still further, near the north coast of the Oostvoornse meer. A curlew calls.
Flocks of starlings on treetops.