As this blog said before, on 17 September 2017 we had arrived in Katwijk on the North Sea, and had walked to the sand dunes south of Katwijk. We sat down on a dune to have bagels for lunch. A herring gull couple arrived.
Suddenly, one of the gulls grabbed half of a bagel and flew away to its mate to share it.
Someone with a small bucket had made sand ‘pies’.
Carrion crows arrived as well, hoping to also get some bits of our bagels or apples. However, they did not come as close as the gulls. Carrion crows are not that much smaller than herring gulls. The one on the photo looks so because of perspective.
We went further inland. A migrating meadow pipit flying.
After a walk in the sand dunes, we went back to Katwijk.
In front of a restaurant was a signpost. It pointed, to the left, to hiring beach houses. To the right, to Texel island 94 kilometer to the north (on the other side, a sign to Rome far to the south). In te direction of the sea, a sign saying ‘wave pool’.
A jackdaw at the restaurant.
As we walked north, in the dunes between Katwijk aan Zee village and the sea, a sculpture.
We arrived back at the inland port. And went aboard the boat back to Leiden.
In Katwijk aan Zee, a grey lag goose swimming in the river.
Between Katwijk aan Zee and Katwijk aan den Rijn, a grey heron on the bank.
A bit further, I heard a kingfisher. Some others on the boat saw it as well.
Just before dusk, we arrived at the bridges of Leiden city.
We passed the windmill De Put, a 20th century reconstruction of a 17th century windmill.
A beautiful end to a beautiful day.
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