Red-crested pochard couple and other birds


Red-crested pochards, 2020

This photo shows a red-crested pochard couple. The female on the left, the male on the right.

Red-crested pochards, in 2020

They swam on 2 April 2020 at De Wijde Blik lake in the Netherlands.

Red-crested pochards and waves, in 2020

As they swam, there were big waves in the water because of the wind.

Reed, 2 April 2020

Even among reed plants along the bank.

Het Hol, 2 April 2020

At Het Hol nature reserve, the water was a bit quieter.

Grey heron, 2 April 2020

A grey heron.

Lambertszkade, 2020

These two photos show the footpath to the Lambertszkade hide.

Lambertszkade, in 2020

Like last time at the Lambertszkade hide, on 2 April a chiffchaff sang. Tufted ducks. A mute swan couple. Mallards. Coots. Moorhens.

Roadrunner at Trump’s border wall photo nominated


Roadrunner at Trump's brder wall, photo by Alejandro Prieto

This photo, by Mexican Alejandro Prieto, shows a roadrunner at Donald Trump‘s United States-Mexico border wall.

It has been nominated in the World Press Photo competition.

This 15 February 2020 video says about itself:

What is the impact of Trump’s border wall? | DW News

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has justified diverting nearly 4 Billion dollars from … other programs to fund a border wall with Mexico. President Donald Trump says around 200 kilometers of the border fence have been finished. The president ignored criticism of the shift in funds, and talked instead about how much was being built, as well as making claims about people trying and failing to climb it. DW’s Cai Nebe and Luisa von Richthofen delivered this report from Arizona, where construction is in full swing, cutting through conservation areas and heritage sites. So what impact is the wall having on the communities and environment it cuts through?

See also here.

Turnstone, sanderlings, sunset and North Sea


Sanderling and turnstone, 21 January 2020, Schoorl

After 20 January 2020 in the Schoorlse Duinen nature reserve came 21 January. When we saw this sanderling and this turnstone on a North Sea pier.

In the morning, we had heard a nuthatch. And a great spotted woodpecker pecking wood on a tree.

Late in the afternoon, we went to the North Sea beach. Oystercatchers. Two great cormorants land on the North Sea near the pier.

A lesser black-backed gull flying.

Turnstone, 21 January 2020, Schoorl

On the pier, the turnstone and the sanderling, already mentioned. The sanderling flew away. The turnstone stayed a bit longer.

Waves, 21 January 2020, Schoorl

Then, no more birds, only waves at the pier.

Waves, on 21 January 2020, Schoorl

Sunset, 21 January 2020, Schoorl

And the sunset over the North Sea.

Sunset, 21 January 2020, Schoorl dunes

And the sunset over the Schoorl sand dunes.

Cow, 21 January 2020, Schoorl

And the silhouette of a Wagyu cow as the sun set.

North Sea, foam and oystercatchers


Pier, Schoorl 20 January 2020

After 19 January 2019 in the Schoorlse Duinen nature reserve came 20 January. At beach pole #29, as this Lensbaby photo shows, a jetty protrudes into the North Sea.

Early in the morning, a chaffinch and a great tit.

A buzzard flies across the path.

On and near beach pole #29, about 15 oystercatchers. A sanderling. A black-headed gull.

Foam, Schoorl 20 January 2020

Lots of foam on the beach, as this Lensbaby photo shows.

Oystercatchers, Schoorl 20 January 2020

Later, in the rosy sunset light, the oystercatchers are still present.

Oystercatchers, Schoorl beach, 20 January 2020

Birds, lake, cows in Schoorl sand dunes


Vogelmeer, Schoorl 19 January 2020

After 18 January 2020 in the Schoorl sand dunes nature reserve came 19 January. We went to this lake, called ‘Vogelmeer‘ (bird lake). Like all photos in this blog post, this is a Lensbaby photo.

As we started walking, we noted two flowering common daisies, where two days earlier there had been only one.

Great tit, great spotted woodpecker sounds.

Heather and crowberry plants in the Waterbosvlakte heathland.

We arrived at the ‘bird lake’. Unfortunately, not any birds; though there were footprints of birds, probably geese, in the mud of the bank.

Vogelmeer in Schoorl, 19 January 2020

Clouds over the lake predicted rain.

Wagyu cow, Schoorl 19 January 2020

As we walked along the east bank of the lake, we met a herd of cows. These cows are there to keep the landscape open. They are Wagyu cows, originally from Japan.

Moss, Schoorl 19 January 2020

As we walked back, we saw this moss on this tree.

Lichen, Schoorl 19 January 2020

A bit further, this lichen.

Sanderlings and sand dunes


Schoorl sand dunes and sea, 18 January 2020

After 17 January 2020 in the Schoorlse Duinen nature reserve came 18 January. When we walked towards the North Sea, as this photo shows. It is a Lensbaby photo, like all photos of this blog post.

The morning had started with three great tits and a chaffinch.

As we walked, we passed a birch polypore on a birch tree.

Great spotted woodpecker sound.

Common broom flowers. A bit unusual for January; a sign of a warm winter.

We climb a high sand dune. During the World War II nazi occupation, a German military bunker was on top. Now, it is a viewpoint. Not far from the top, a few flowering common daisies.

A meadow pipit calls.

In the Kerf valley, many comunal winter nests of brown-tail moth caterpillars on plants.

Foam, Schoorl 18 January 2020

When we reached the sea, there was much foam.

On the beach, at least fifteen sanderlings.

Sanderlings, Schoorl 18 January 2020

On this photo, on the right near the floodline, some of these birds. Much too small, as the camera was fit for landscape photos, not for depicting small birds like sanderlings.

Clouds, Schoorl 18 January 2020

As this photo shows, there were many dark clouds on 18 January. Sometimes, rain or hail.

As we walk back through the woodland, winter stalkball fungi. A nuthatch calls.