After the walk through the wet reed jungle, we climbed up the spiral stairs of the bird hide and immediately heard the squeaky chirps of baby birds. I spotted the swallows’ nest high up in a corner.
We sat very still and watched them for a few minutes and then moved to the other side of the bird hide. There we spotted a large gull eating something. We couldn’t quite see what is was feeding on. I took a couple of photos hoping I’d be able to see what it was on the photo. After zooming in I saw it was probably a baby seal. Have a look:
Great Black-backed gull (Larus marinus)
Here’s another photo taken 20 minutes or so later. As you can see the tide was coming in.
So that was Life and Death in the Kiekkaaste. Great sightings, but not very good light for photography. Still, we had a great day. We also saw Common Sterns, Black Sterns, Yellow Wagtails, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, a couple of Grebes, Egyptian Geese with little goslings, and a Western Marsh Harrier.
for more cool bird pix
My day started with: ‘Got up early and dropped electric toothbrush in toilet’. After that, we made coffee and sandwiches to go and headed north.
The first stop of the day was the Dallingeweersterweg near Termunten. There’s a lovely bird hide there. We saw Pied Avocet, Common Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Swallows and the usual suspects. After that we drove to the Kiekkaaste, the bird hide located on the sea side of the dike, in Nieuwe Statenzijl.
European Hare (Lepus europaeus)
On our way up we spotted this drove of hares. There were about seven of them frolicking around. Two of them boxed for a moment, but I just missed it on camera. According to Wikipedia it is usually a female hitting a male, either to show that she is not yet quite ready to mate or as a test of his determination. Heh 🙂
We also saw wildflowers, some lovely red poppies and cornflowers.
Cornflower Centaurea cyanus
Here’s Mr Gwendolen walking towards the bird hide the Kiekkaaste. The reed had grown a lot since our last visit.
It was also wet 😐
Reed path to the bird hide
More about the birds we saw there tomorrow.