7 September 2018. On our way to Lauwersmeer national park in the Netherlands. This photo shows part of it, with barnacle geese flying.
Before we arrived in the Lauwersmeer, we saw grey herons in North Holland province. Along the Afsluitdijk causeway, great cormorants sitting on poles. Black-headed gulls. Herring gulls. Two great crested grebes swimming near the monument for the dike construction.
Flocks of scores of starlings.
Near Dokkum, in Friesland province, a buzzard on a meadow. A kestrel hovering. Lapwings.
We arrive at the Sylkajut hide, on the edge of the Lauwersmeer. Usually, one can see birds swimming there close to the hide. However, the dry hot 2018 summer means the water level is much lower than usual. So, water birds are rather far away. On the now dry land close to the hide, quite some white wagtails and meadow pipits.
We see many barnacle geese there. Sometimes standing in the water …
… sometimes flying. Also some grey lag geese.
At the water’s edge, Caspian terns on autumn migration. Visible with a telescope, too far for binoculars. Mute swans.
We continued north, along the western border of the Lauwersmeer, to the Ezumakeeg-Noord – Kijkheuvel. It is a hill with a good view on birds in the wetlands around it.
We saw, eg, this red-necked phalarope. With a northern shoveler duck feeding behind it.
Also gadwall ducks. And a little stint.
Many barn swallows flying. And some house martins.
And we saw this white wagtail.
A male marsh harrier flying.
Ringed plover. Common sandpiper.
A wood sandpiper close to a little ringed plover.
There were konik horses.
And cows, in the Lauwersmeer to prevent overgrowing of plants, making the area unattractive for some animals.
Six curlews on a meadow.
Finally, we arrived as far as north as possible: on the shore of the Wadden Sea.
Six eider ducks flying over the water.
And this black-headed gull flying.
Stay tuned, as there will be more photographs and stories from that area on this blog!