On 9 April 2017, we went to nature reserve Oeverlanden Hollands Diep in the Netherlands. Though across the Hollands Diep estuary is the Moerdijk chemical industry, it is a beautiful area.
As we arrived at the entrance, barn swallows flying. The first ones I saw this year; probably just back from Africa.
In a lake swam mallards.
And mute swans.
And grey lag geese. And coots.
And tufted ducks.
And this great crested grebe.
Two grey herons flying. So does a Canada goose.
Chiffchaff and chaffinch sounds.
In a tree, a greenfinch singing.
In another tree, a white wagtail.
In yet another tree, a male reed bunting.
To get to the Esscheplaat part of the reserve, we need the ferry. The name of the ferry is ‘IJsvogel‘ (kingfisher). A bit later, someone (not me) sees a real kingfisher.
Stay tuned for the sequel of this blog!