Kingfisher and brimstone butterfly


Brimstone butterfly, 29 August 2015

This photo shows a male brimstone butterfly in the gardens of Sperwershof in ‘s Graveland in the Netherlands. We went there on 29 August 2015.

Before we arrived there, a group of white wagtails on a meadow. And grey lag geese.

A bit further, a kingfisher fishing in a ditch.

A dragonfly sitting on a pole: a male vagrant darter, aka moustached darter?

Brimstone butterfly, on 29 August 2015

As I said, at the Sperwershof a brimstone butterfly.

This is a brimstone butterfly video.

As we go back, nuthatch sound.

Along the bicycle track, big parasol mushrooms grow.

Red-necked phalarope, ruffs and marsh harrier


Red-necked phalarope, 23 August 2015

On 23 August 2015, after what happened in my earlier blog post, still in North Holland province in the Netherlands. A flower bulb field was under water, for biological pest control. That attracted birds like this red-necked phalarope.

Red-necked phalaropes are smaller relatives of grey phalaropes which we had seen in Svalbard. Both Eurasian phalarope species are rare migrants in the Netherlands.

Ruff male, 23 August 2015

There were also a common sandpiper and ruffs on migration there. This photo shows a male ruff, with still remnants of his mating season collar around his neck.

Ruff male, on 23 August 2015

Ruff male, still on 23 August 2015

Not far from Callantsoog village, another field with a low water level attracted ruffs.

Dunlin, 23 August 2015

And dunlin. They still had some black feathers on their bellies, but not as many as in their mating season.

Turnstone, 23 August 2015

And a few turnstones.

And a ringed plover.

And some little stints.

Wood sandpiper, 23 August 2015

And a wood sandpiper.

Shelducks, wigeon and mallards, 23 August 2015

A bit further on a bank, juvenile shelducks resting. Behind them, two wigeon. Still further behind them, mallards.

A dozen oystercatchers.

We went back south, to the Harger- en Pettemerpolder reserve.

Marsh harrier, 23 August 2015

A male marsh harrier flying there.

Marsh harrier male, 23 August 2015

A bit further, a beautiful great egret not far away. However, the battery of the camera was finished.

Spoonbills and whinchats


Spoonbills flying, 23 August 2015

This video shows spoonbills flying over the wetland near the Nauertogt road near Koedijk village in North Holland province in the Netherlands. We went there, and to other nature reserves in that area, on 23 August 2015.

A kestrel hovering in the air. A garganey swimming. So do shoveler ducks. Some spoonbills feeding in the shallow water.

Northern wheatear, 23 August 2015

A northern wheatear on a pole.

Barn swallows fly past.

Two glossy ibises on a bank. Ruffs.

Mute swans, coots, mallards, 23 August 2015

Also many mute swans, coots and mallards swimming.

Spoonbills and great cormorant, 23 August 2015

We continue. On the opposite bank of a canal, spoonbills cleaning their feathers. And a great cormorant.

Whinchat, 23 August 2015

As we appoach the Harger- en Pettemerpolder reserve, migrating whinchats sit on wires and poles.

Whinchat on pole, 23 August 2015

White wagtails. Northern lapwings.

Meadow pipit, on road, 23 August 2015

And a meadow pipit on the road.

A common sandpiper.

Near the Hondsbossche Zeewering marine dike, Sandwich terns fly and call.

Also a common tern.

We go further north. Snipes, common sandpipers and wood sandpipers in a shallow ditch. In the background, a golden plover flock flying.

Hondsbossche zeewering, 23 August 2015

We arrive at the northern end of the Hondsbossche Zeewering marine dike, near Petten village. This photo shows the view to the south; there are major works to reinforce the dike with sand in front of it.

Beach near Petten, 23 August 2015

And this photo shows the view to the north, where the beach attracts tourists.

A hobby flying south along the coastline. Probably, all the way to Africa.

Stay tuned, as there will be more on my blog about birds in this area!

Flowers, dragonflies and birds


Great crested grebe and chicks, 2 August 2015

On 2 August 2015, to De Wilck nature reserve. Among the birds there was this adult great crested grebe, swimming with its two youngsters in a ditch.

Before entering the reserve, there already was a common tern, and barn swallows, flying around. Grass rush flowers.

In De Wilck, lady’s thumb flowering along the footpath.

Frogbit, 2 August 2015

Frogbit flowers in the ditch water.

Male and a female blue-tailed damselflies in a tandem.

At a small lake, great cormorants, a mallard and a tufted duck on a small island. A common sandpiper near the western bank.

Arrowhead, 2 August 2015

Arrowhead flowers and leaves protruding from ditch water.

A male emperor dragonfly flying over the ditch.

Small tortoiseshell on bittersweet flower, 2 August 2015

A small tortoiseshell butterfly on a bittersweet flower.

A great egret.

Mute swans with cygnets, 2 August 2015

A mute swan couple with seven cygnets.

A northern lapwing flies.

Long-headed poppy, 2 August 2015

Long-headed poppy flowers along the footpath.

A male black-tailed skimmer dragonfly just above the water. Flying lower and faster than the emperor dragonfly.

Two stock doves flying.

A red admiral butterfly.

In a meadow, five Canada geese. And two barnacle geese.

Edible frog sound.

A grey heron flying.

Two hares near a fence. We go back.

A kestrel hovering.

Common linnet youngsters, 2 August 2015

Scores of common linnets. The ones on the photo are juveniles.

We continue to the Spookverlaat hide, not far away from De Wilck.

A white stork standing on its nest.

A blackbird sings.

Great cormorants, 2 August 2015

On the islet near the hide: great cormorants, mallards, a moorhen.

In the water, a tufted duck.

Reed warbler, 2 August 2015

And in the reedbeds, this reed warbler.

Black terns and grasshopper warblers


This video is about a black tern on its nest.

20 June 2015: to the Ooijpolder nature reserve, just east of Nijmegen city in the Netherlands.

On a sandy bank of the Waal river, mallards and a carrion crow.

Barn swallows flying around.

A whitethroat sings. So does a reed bunting.

A white stork flying.

Sound of a chiffchaff. And of a grasshopper warbler. A rare bird in the Netherlands, but here there are several.

In the Oude Waal, a lake which used to be the river bed long ago, tufted ducks swim. And a great crested grebe couple with four chicks.

A jay and a magpie flying. A cuckoo calling.

Flowering rush flowers.

A flock of goldfinches flying past.

A red-tailed bumblebee on a flower.

A reed warbler sings.

On the south side of the Oude Waal lake, a common tern flying. Also some black terns. A bit further, there is a black tern nesting colony on small artificial islands. Parents feed chicks.

Two spoonbills. Grey lag geese.

A shelduck couple with five ducklings, already not much smaller than their parents.

Three redshanks on the bank.

A hare running through the grass.

When we are almost back in Nijmegen, about twenty lapwings flying.

Cuckoo, Canada geese and little grebe


This video is called The European Adder – Vipera berus. We did not see adders during our week in and around Dwingelderveld national park. They live there; but the best time to see them is on warm, sunny days. Which weren’t part of this early May week.

After 6 May 2015, 7 May in Drenthe. Our last full day there.

As we went to the hide, a robin on a fence.

Near the hide, swifts and barn swallows flying. A willow warbler sings.

In a lakelet just north of Moddergat lake, three common pochards, male and female tufted ducks.

A little grebe calls and swims.

A mallard. Two Egyptian geese: a Canada goose calls to them as they land.

In wet heathland, a skylark sings.

Cuckoo, 7 May 2015

A cuckoo sitting on a tree.

Briefly, a yellowhammer above the cuckoo in the same tree.

A stonechat.

Canada geese, 7 May 2015

Canada geese.

Next, another wetland: Koelevaartsveen. Three common sandpipers near the bank.

Moss and trees, 7 May 2015

Moss growing near the trees not far away.

Moss, 7 May 2015

Near the Dwingelose heide cycle track, again oak eggar caterpillars.

Dark tussock caterpillar, photo by Lo Troisfontaine

Also a much rarer and smaller caterpillar. So small and lightweight that the wind again and again blows it decimetres further away on the sandy path. A dark tussock caterpillar.

Cottongrass, 7 May 2015

Back to the hide. Cottongrass grows there. This marked the end for us of a week of seeing much beautiful wildlife.