Diamonds and Pearls

“If I gave you diamonds and pearls, would you be a happy boy or a girl” (Prince, 1991). Of course, but an Arctic Loon will do as well (in Dutch the bird is called, translated, […]

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Who let the dogs out?

The beaches along our shoreline have never been very quiet, due to the proximity of towns and cities. However, over the last years, it has grown even more busy with people, dogs, horses and bikes. […]

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Holland’s most visited

Last Sunday, I teamed up with a friend to see if we could make some nice shots of a Dipper. To cut a long story short: we couldn’t (but more important: we did have a […]

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Big Brother

Recently, I wrote about the European Goldcrest , the smallest bird we have around here. It does have a “Big Brother’ though: the Firecrest. Well, it’s only just a tiny bit bigger, but the bird is […]

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Gavia Immer 2.0

With a Common Loon in the vicinity, I simply had to go back. Did I tell you I love ‘Divers’? Probably so. My first photo shoot rendered okay images, but I knew I could do […]

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Gavia Immer

This morning, I ventured out to see if I could find a Common Loon. I did find the bird pretty quickly, but only was able to make a few shots that I liked enough to […]

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Nikon D500 + 500mm f4 | 1/1250s | f5| ISO720 | underexposed 2/3EV | handheld | The Netherlands

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Males with Tails

Online retailers can tell you a lot about the long-tail. But, birders can get excited about long tails as well, but only when in birds like ‘Pin-tailed Whydah’ or ‘Long-tailed Ducks’. And, more specifically, when it’s […]

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Bécasseau variable

A former breeding species, Dunlins now only visit our country as migrants, or to spend the winter. Still quite some birds though, estimated numbers are somewhere between 200.000 and 400.000 birds annualy. Best place to […]

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Goldie H.

The Dutch name for European Goldcrest is “Goudhaan”, hence the blog title. Europe’s smallest bird, measures some 8,5 cm (3.3″) in length and is a real feather-weight (5 grams, 0.17 ounce). But it is also […]

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Snowy B

Last week, we had friends for dinner. In the normal way that is, not ‘Hannibal Lecter style‘. Somewhere during the conversation they mentioned, a propos, that next to their house, they had seen a rather […]

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White’s Thrush?

Years ago, in December 2009, we went on trip to circumnavigate Taiwan. By bicycle, of course. On our first morning in Taipei, and rather jet lagged, we decided for a morning walk in the city […]

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