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).