Wednesday, January 23, 2013


With some proud I can present the image of a project I have been working on last months; the "Fish-migration River". The idea is to make a gradual connection between the salt Waddensea and freshwater IJsselmeer to facilitate the migration of various species of fish, and present breeding, resting and foraging habitat for birds. The Afsluitdijk is great for safety against flooding but has blocked the migration of many species of fish from the sea to IJsselmeer and Rhine. Full details (in dutch) here;
Meanwhile winter is here, with a thick snow cover. Birds are having a hard time and it feels really good to provide various kinds of birdfood every evening. I only need to wait for the weekend to see in daylight which birds are actually eating it:-)
Some weeks ago a Sparrowhawk did an unsuccesfull try to catch a sparrow and I had close views as it was sitting just next to the window. I looked rather fustrated as all the birds were hiding in deep cover.
The Greenfinches are still there, they really like the sunflower-seeds!

And some winter images from the archives, I am sure it is a good representative of Lauwersmeer last days.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy new year!

Sorry for the irregular posting but it is winter, days are shorts (and time also:-). The garden is still attracting many birds including a Woodcock which unfortunately did not return after I unintentionally flushed it, and yesterday a Peregrine flew over. Some weeks ago we had a spectacular view of 4 together over the office in Leeuwarden, my biggest "flock" ever!

And some pictures of some oldskool winter birding around the Afsluitdijk. Highlights were a Black Brant, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, Velvet Scoter and many Smew, 2 Bitterns (one at Den Oever, flushed by a walker, and one between Kornwerderzand and Zurich fighting the strong winds) and a surprising Waxwing somewhere in Harlingen. It does not happen very often that you find where you were looking for!

Best wishes for 2013!