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.

United States censorship of Women’s March photos


This 19 January 2020 video from the USA is called National Archives apologize for blurring images critical of Trump.

In the Soviet Union in the 1930s, a photo was blurred, in which Trotsky stood next to Lenin. Because Trotsky was a rival to Stalin.

‘Such a thing could only happen in the dictatorial Soviet Union’, some people may say. ‘Never ever in the USA, the paradise of democracy’.

Have a look …

By Tom Boggioni / Raw Story in the USA, January 19, 2020:

Presidential historian slams National Archives for ‘idiotic’ decision to blur Women’s March photos that were critical of ‘vengeful Trump

Appearing on CNN on Sunday morning, noted presidential historian Douglas Brinkley harshly criticized the decision by the National Archives to blur photos of posters that were critical of Donald Trump, saying it was a betrayal of their mission.

Speaking with host Martin Savidge, the normally staid Brinkley was blunt in his assessment of the decision — despite an apology from a spokesperson for the Archives — calling the very fact that it even happened “idiotic”.

“I could not believe the National Archives did such a thing,” Brinkley began. “It’s such a venerable institution and we all trust it. It’s the depository of our national heirlooms and leavings and here it is doctoring photos to make Donald Trump look good. I mean to the idea you take the women’s march of 2017 which was largely anti-Trump march and start changing signs like one sign said ‘God hates Trump’, they just blurred out the word Trump so the protester sign says ‘God hates’. That was replicated many times, it’s an idiotic idea to have altered that photograph. I am pleased a retraction has come our way.”

“Do you think this was mandated say by someone or do you think this was an agency that sort of self-censored?” the CNN host asked.

“I think it’s the agency or someone within the agency that self-censored,” Brinkley replied. “But we are in the age of Donald Trump, if you work in the government are you fearful of a vengeful Trump, it may be very well they want to please him.”

At all costs, we can’t have a photograph on our display that says something negative about him,” he added sarcastically. “We have to remember this is a president we are dealing with on his inauguration lied about his crowd size and blew up the Interior Department because they weren’t showing a photo that he wanted. This idea of air-brushing anything negative about Donald Trump out of our current government institutions is starting to happen more and more. It’s all the reason why we have to say knock it off, ever louder.”

Woodpecker, nuthatch, robin, other photo hide birds


Nuthatch, 25 October 2019

Still 25 October 2019 at the bird photo hide in the Gooi region. Not only various tit species were present, as this nuthatch shows.

A magpie on a tree. A male chaffinch.

Robin, 25 October 2019

And this robin

Robin bathing, 25 October 2019

… which went bathing …

Robin bathing, on 25 October 2019

… with a great tit in the background.

A jay. A buzzard calls.

Great spotted woodpecker, 25 October 2019

There also was this male great spotted woodpecker. A female came as well.

Sometimes, we saw bank voles.

Crested tit and other photo hide tits


Crested tit, 25 October 2019

On 25 October 2019, we went once again to the bird photography hide in the Gooi region. Robin sound. We saw a bird species we had not seen there last time: this crested tit on the bank of the pond

Marsh tit, 25 October 2019

Soon, other tit species arrived. Like this marsh tit

Marsh tit bathing, 25 October 2019

… soon, in the pond.

Great tit, 25 October 2019

Great tits.

Blue tit, 25 October 2019

And blue tits

Blue tit bathing, 25 October 2019

… which also started bathing.

Stay tuned, as there will be more from this photo hide!