This photo shows the Meeslouwer lake, just north of Starrevaart nature reserve.
Today, 23 January 2014, to Starrevaart. In the pond next to the parking lot, gadwall ducks swimming.
A bit further, in the Meeslouwer lake: grey lag geese; coots; great cormorants sitting on poles.
Canada geese. Two little grebes. Tufted ducks.
Then, to the Starrevaart lake. Shelducks. A buzzard flying. Pheasants walking.
In woodland, fungi; the winter weather so far is mild. Scurvy twiglet mushrooms.
On a fallen tree, witches’ butter.
A bit further, Coprinellus micaceus fungi. And Coprinus domesticus fungi. And Bjerkandera adusta.
Lesser celandine already flowering along a ditch, though spring still has to begin officially.
In the Starrevaart lake, scores of common pochards swimming. Behind them, over a thousand wigeons.
On the small island near the hide: many oystercatchers, scores of northern lapwings; and a few black-tailed godwits, just back from spring migration.
Every now and then, something scares the birds on the islet, and they fly away. On the photo, oystercatchers fly with two avocets, while wigeons swim.
Most of the birds return to the island, if they think it was false alarm. On the photo oystercatchers, northern lapwings, and two black-tailed godwits; with a wigeon swimming in front of them.
Two male and one female goldeneyes swimming near the other side of the lake.
A male shoveler duck swims behind the islet.
A northern lapwing on top of a pole, with a row of wigeons underneath.
Lapwings and wigeons gather as well on the rocks just east of the islet.