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Back in the days, if I had put too much food on my plate, my mother used to ask: "Where your eyes bigger than your stomack?" Thats what I wanted to ask this Grey herron, although, better should have been: "Where your eyes bigger than your beak?"

 

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Pallid harrier

The Pallid harrier is one of the most elegant birds of prey that occasionally visits the Netherlands. However, in the three years that I'm a birder I had never seen one. Last year a 1st Calendar year animal was seen on the Maasvlakte, but it did only appear after I had left for 10 minutes to go to work. And also the adult male that has stayed in Groningen this winter, thought it was funny to move to another area the day I came over to visit him. But finally last week I saw one! On wednessday, the night before Kingsday, I told Margreeth that I would stay home on thursday. That night, after seeing the notification of a sighting of a Pallid Harrier in Waddinxveen, I told her: "If that Pallid Harrier is spotted again tomorrow, I'll try to  see it, if that's okay". Fortunately she was alright with it.



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Wolvenpolder

East of my hometown, Spijkenisse lays the Beerenplaat, a water purification company, where water from the Biesbosch is cleared and made drinkable for Rotterdam and surroundings. Just below the Beerenplaat lays the Wolvenpolder, a former piece of farming ground that is given back to nature some four years ago. The top layer of this land is removed and most of the year it is covered with a shallow pool.
Tapuit     Krombekstrandloper
Wheatear                                                                                                  Curlew sandpiper
It is great to see that stilts and meadow birds have found their way to this local patch. I found 12 species of ducks there: Shoveler, Tufted duck, Mallard, Pintail, Gadwell, Shelduck, Widgeon, Eurasian Teal, Garganey,Greater Scaup, Common and Redbreasted merganser.

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