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Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Two weeks ago we camped on the island of Texel. Texel hosts the largest and oldest colony of spoonbills in the Netherlands. We spotted this one in a ditch near De Petten, which is part of the Dunes of Texel National Park.
Spoonbills prefer to breed in quiet areas, specifically out of reach of predators. Apart from feral cats and unleashed dogs, the Wadden Islands don’t have land predators, making it a popular area to nest.
More Texel birds next week. (Oh and I still have to finish my African report)
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De Schorren, Texel.
One of the richest bird areas of Texel is the salt marsh area de Schorren. It is a flood refuge for many wading birds.
Oystercatcher, Bar-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew, Red Knot, Common Redshank, Dunlin, Grey plover, Great Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Pied Avocet, Eurasian Wigeon, Great Cormorant, Common Teal, Pintail, Brent Goose, Common Eider, Spoonbill and gulls can be seen resting on the edge of the marsh.