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Pectoral SP

What makes one drive to the far province of Zeeland, only to lay next to a smelly, almost dried-out murky pond (at 30 degrees Celsius)? Exactly ! An almost hand-tame Pectoral Sandpiper, a species I […]

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Blyth’s Reed-Warbler

This year has been a strange year and not only because of the Corona-virus. Until now I had the opportunity of framing no less than three species, that you normally hardly get to see at […]

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Aquatic Warbler

The Aquatic Warbler to me has always been an unreliable and skulky bastard. So, good to have it off my chest ! Because, for years, I have been trying to get a descent view and […]

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Rudolf, the red-billed Bittern

Over the years I have had my share of Little Bitterns, but still it’s great if you get the chance to see one. And that’s not always that easy. First of all they tend to […]

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Lone Wolf

Crested Larks in The Netherlands have become extinct as a breeding species. Until the mid 70’s is was quite a common and widespread bird in our country. But the numbers have declined rapidly since then. […]

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You’re wired!

One could argue that this antenna-equipped bird looks like a remote-controlled Turkey. But it’s not, it’s a Great Bustard. A rarity in The Netherlands. Question is, of course, how ‘wild’ is this bird? A matter […]

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MF Cinereocapilla

Since quite some time now, there’s a – rare – White-throated Wagtail (Motacilla flava cinereocapilla) in The Netherlands. The bird however is in the north of the country, some 3-hour drive from where I live. […]

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Last week I decided to go for a ‘twitch’ again. A Desert Wheatear was spotted close to our international airport, Schiphol (Amsterdam). It would be my fourth in The Netherlands, number five in all if […]

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Sylvia deserti

Last week, another extreme rarity was sighted in The Netherlands: an African Desert Warbler. Never seen in The Netherlands before, nor in this part of Europe. The bird normally lives in North-West Africa. The discovery […]

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