Category Archives: Birding in Holland


Bunting on the Rocks

Over the years, I have had plenty of opportunities to photograph Snow Buntings (click here for an overview). Usually, I would have them on the ground, often on beaches and grassy surfaces. Last week however, […]

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A Flying Circus

The early seventies gave us ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’. Who doesn’t know the ‘Dead Parrot Sketch‘? Anyway. Last week gave me a flying circus as well. A Circus cyaneus to be more precise, also known […]

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Calidris Kitsch

To be honest, the last two months were rather depressing. COVID still dominated the news, people didn’t give a fuck about the “Corona-rules” and then complained about the more serious measures that had to be […]

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Ode to the Ordinary

Everyday birds usually end up as ‘collateral species’. A good example is (in my case) the Grey Heron. A bird I see everyday, and usually can even see looking out the window of our house. […]

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On October 4th, 1992 I couldn’t take my eyes of the television screen. It was broadcasting live footage from a burning high-rise apartment building in Amsterdam, into which – earlier that evening – a Boeing […]

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Black Hole Owl

Looking at these images may give the impression that this Tawny Owl is as easy to photograph as the one I recently wrote about. Well, that couldn’t be less far from the truth, unfortunately. First […]

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Brown Eyed Girl

“Standing in the sunlight laughing Hide behind a rainbow’s wall Slipping and a-sliding All along the waterfall With you, my brown-eyed girl You, my brown-eyed girl”  Van Morrison 1967 Some weeks ago, I went with […]

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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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