Tag Archives: Bluethroat
Two days ago I visited a place called “De Rietputten’ to see if I could find some of the young birds down there. A Marsh Harrier (Bruine Kiekendief) was giving me a hard time however. Hovering above the wetlands, it scared most warblers deep into the reeds. As a result there were not that many birds to photograph – only a few juvenile Bearded Reedlings (Baardman) that showed itself briefly. Luckily I found a young Bluethroat (Blauwborst), whose parents I had in front of my lens some weeks ago (judging from the territory). Today I had an appointment near Wassenaar, but first paid a visit to a place where some of my fellow bird photographers had spotted a Mistle Thrush (Grote Lijster) recently. Since these birds tend to be rather shy by nature, I never had the chance to take some descent pictures of this species. This morning I simply positioned myself flat on the ground a waited for things to come. And, voila!, after some odd 30 minutes the bird appeared and started feeding at the lake’s edge. It came actually pretty close, until a group of runners passed… My time was up anyway, but I did get my shots
Yesterday I heard the well-known sound of a young Great Spotted Woodpecker (Grote Bonte Specht), asking for food. A closer look revealed that there were 2-3 young birds with their parents roaming through the trees in front of our house. Again some easy shooting, although of course the leaves make for some nasty shadows. The young birds were also chasing each other, I suspect some playing around . This morning before work I paid a visit to the Bluethroats (Blauwborst) again, and the Common Redstarts (Gekraagde Roodstaart) as well. Experimented on the latter with some nice black BG – not everybody will like it, but what the heck ?
The last couple of days I tried to frame the Little Bittern (Woudaap), but hardly got a chance to see it. The one time if flew up, my camera didn’t focus in time . Anyway, I spent some nice hours and evenings talking to other birders . Unexpectedly both yesterday and today I ran into some Bluethroats (Blauwborst) that were willing to pose, so that made up for the lost Bitterns.. You can always rely on these little friend . Also I got a tip from Remco to have a look at some juvenile Bearded Reedlings (Baarman), which I found, although they stayed quite far away.
As you can tell from both the Willow Warblers (Fitis) and the Bluethroats: feeding the little ones is taking it’s toll. They look rather worn out….Well, at least some shots the share after this long and warm weekend !
Update: my friend Menno (www.mvdphoto.com) tells me that the salamander is a Common Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) | Kleine Watersalamander – female
Update evening: found the Eagle Owl again, took some lousy shots, but: I saw it fly two times, it’s enormous ! )