On 17 September 2017, we went by boat to Katwijk town on the North Sea. The sailing started in the inner city of Leiden. The photo shows the part of the river Rhine called Galgewater which serves as a historical harbour for old ships; and behind it, the seventeenth century Dutch renaissance stepped gable building of the Stadstimmerwerf (municipal carpentry business).
A ring-necked parakeet calling.
We passed a bridge with graffiti on it.
Coots are swimming. So does a great crested grebe. Two Egyptian geese on the bank.
An adult great crested grebe with two youngsters.
We pass various buildings on the bank.
Six Egyptian geese on the bank.
As we continue on the Rhine, the left bank is Valkenburg village (now part of Katwijk local authority), the right bank is Oegstgeest local authority.
A herring gull swimming.
A Canada goose on the bank.
We pass Rijnsburg village. A jay flying.
As we sail on, we arrive in the next village: Katwijk aan den Rijn.
On this photo from Katwijk aan den Rijn, nursing home De Wilbert is on the right.
We passed under bridges in Katwijk aan den Rijn, like this one.
We arrived in Katwijk aan Zee village. In the back of this photo is the pumping station regulating the flow of the Rhine into the North Sea.
We approached the end of our journey: the inland port of Katwijk aan Zee.
After we had disembarked, we saw this pond just behind the inland port, with water plants and many small invertebrate animals.
We walked to the North Sea.
And we arrived at a spot where just sand dunes and the beach separated us from the North Sea.
There will be more on Katwijk on this blog; so, stay tuned!
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