There were two more mute swans: another youngster and an adult.
On the canal bank, feral pigeons.
When we arrived at the botanical garden, there were of course not yet as many flowers as later in the year, it officially still being winter. Yet, already purple crocus.
And quite some winter aconites were already present.
And so were these wintersweet flowers.
And, of course, snowdrops, as one might expect at this time of the year.
A great tit calls. Blackbirds. Ring-necked parakeets.
On the other side of the canal, grazing coots and moorhens.
A blue tit drinking from the botanical garden stream.
This video is about the Siberian bird species great knot.
Now, these paintings are usually in Huis ten Bosch royal palace in The Hague. However, that palace is being reconstructed (which costs lots of taxpayers’ money). So, from now till September 2017, there is an exhibition of Schouman’s work in the Dordrechts Museum in Dordrecht.
Biologists have helped with this exhibition as the birds depicted are from many countries and Schouman often did not know which exact species he depicted.