I’ve always considered myself a birder with a camera, rather than a bird photographer. What I do is functional, not aesthetic. I’m not particularly gifted in this department, nor am I interested in learning all about camera settings.
But once in a while even an amateur like me makes a decent picture: for the first time one of my shots made it to t...
When the ladies from bird hospital De Wulp sent me the shots of the Grey-cheeked Thrush taken into care last year, it really knocked me off my feet for a few seconds. But when Rinse and I received this video mid-July we were equally shocked:
(video by Sharon Lexmond / vogelopvang De Wulp)
Black Woodpeckers colonised the country around 1915 and reached the western part of the Netherlands half...
In many respects autumn was remarkably slow. But November turned everything upside down!
Like in spring (with an Alpine Swift), the girls from De Wulp delivered the highlight of the season (year!).
On 5 November Lizzy sent me a WhatsApp message. She asked if I knew which species was just taken into care. Despite the pics showed a wet and scruffy bird, my pulse raised and I missed a heartbeat or two...
There's a big if - but another big redpoll invasion could be in the making.
The if depends on stuff like weather conditions, and the exact turn the majority of the wandering birds in Europe will take. But it's obvious that at the moment, a higher number of birds than usual is passing through. And they are early!
The thought alone is thrilling - two large invasions in a row would be unprecedented ...
Eastern Black Redstart, 1 cy male, October 2008, Kazakhstan (Arend Wassink)
Redstart articles coming up!
The ID article on Eastern Black Redstart vs. hybrids that I wrote with Nicolas Martinez (check his site for interesting info on redstarts and other stuff) for Dutch Birding is still on the desk of the editors. EDIT June 2018: it has now been published
Every time I get to see one of those blackish, passerine sized seabirds during gale force winds, my heart misses a beat or two. I just can't grasp how such a small bird conquers the elements with such ease.
But for a Dutch guy it's rather unusual to have a truly decent look at a Leach's Storm Petrel. Basically we only see them in the unfavourable conditions of a heavy autumn storm, w...
Nearly every year I manage to trap a Spotted Crake or two at my ringing site in Meijendel. Over the years I noticed a helpful ageing feature that I cannot find in the books on my shelf: feather wear. I wrote a note on ageing Spotted Crakes in summer and early autumn, that includes this feature. It should also be useful in the field! I hope it'll be helpful.