Jul 21, 2015

Nice day in the Top of Holland

We are on a holiday on Schiermonnikoog. On monday I took the opportunity to meet my brother Sybrand and Lazar Brinkhuizen for a one-day trip around Groningen. It proved to be a top day with lots of birds and I could test my new 300mm VR lens.
We saw Baillon's Crake with pulli, three White-winged Black Terns (of which one juvenile), a Pectoral Sandpiper on the same spot as the terns, two Pontic Gulls (second calender-year), two juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls, a Marsh Sandpiper, a Pacific Golden Plover and loads of other waders!

Baillon's Crake

first-summer Pontic Gull

Pectoral Sandpiper

White-winged Black Tern

House Martin

juvenile Tree Sparrow

Pacific Golden Plover (photo by Lazar Brinkhuizen)

juvenile Yellow-legged Gull (left, photo by Lazar Brinkhuizen)

Jul 2, 2015

A bit of autumn migration

Today hot and windy. Went to Herdla without telescope or cameralens. Both sold...But I bought a pair of 15x56 binoculars and a new 300 mm lens. Both waiting for me in the Netherlands next week.
On Herdla some 20 Curlews and four Bar-tailed Godwits...First signs of autumn migration. Further the usual breeding birds.

Jun 6, 2015

Bee-aters on Øygarden

Yesterday evening Harald Simonsen discovered a group of seven Bee-eaters at Sture on Øygarden. This morning they could still be twitched. The group consisted of ten birds! Nice opportunity to see these south european/asian birds "at home"!
 Off course a new bird for Hordaland for me and many others! Also a singing Icterine Warbler present.

Bee-eaters at Sture, Øygarden

May 31, 2015

Greenshank at the Kalandsvannet

A walk with my daughter along the Kalandsvannet near Kismul produced a new bird for my Bergen list: a flyby Greenshank. Further lots of active birds about. Two Icterine Warblers, a Garden Warbler, numerous Blackcaps, two Mealy Redpols, a Cuckoo and the Black-throated Diver still present on the lake.

May 15, 2015

Mute Swan and Black-tailed Godwits

Only the second time this year on Herdla...Quiet, but highlights were a group of seven Black-tailed Godwits, two Mute Swans (!), a Cuckoo and two Whimbrels