Saturday, September 16, 2017

Great Skua

Many hundreds were seen during the storm last wednesday. This immature took a rest on the beach at Wijk aan Zee. It was still strong enough to steal several fish from the gulls.

Friday, September 15, 2017


A few days after the strongest winds; Great Skua and impressive light at Wijk aan Zee.

More skua tomorrow

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sicily - more Red-footed Falcons

A small flock of 4 males and a female, probably forced down by the low temperature in combination with the strong winds. They were hunting for insects along a reed bed and sitting on the ground. Brilliant birds!

Sunday, April 30, 2017


The birding highlight of a non-birding holiday:-)
Messina was calm, the chicken was only heard but a small flock of these stunning falcons gave a nice show. I will add more soon.
adult male Red-footed Falcon, Trapani salt pans

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Brown Shrike - Den Helder

A long-stayer; it is in urban/park area for several weeks now. The first addition to my Dutch list since long time (the Lauwersoog Chretzschmar's Bunting might actually be the previous)
feeding on the ground for insects and worms

and another image of wednesday's Iceland Gull

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Winter has not ended yet; another Iceland Gull

A short late afternoon trip today, and I decided to bike on the beach in search of gulls. And succeeded! This boldly patterned 1st-winter was at Scheveningen and Meijendel during January and as far as I know has not been seen for several weeks now. Today it was at Heemskerk, and it is a beauty!
first-winter Iceland Gull - the primary pattern is exactly the same as the remarkable Scheveningen bird in January.

These are my first pictures with the D500 (that replaced a D3). I am very pleased with the autofocus accuracy and image quality (moderate crop on ISO1000, JPEG).

Friday, February 3, 2017

Another Iceland

Again a beautiful first-winter at Wijk aan Zee - Noordpier, a different one than 2 weeks ago (note the patterned primaries). Last week I saw a 2nd-winter at close range here but no camera..