On the beautiful sunny morning of 24th of august I collect Mr. Takumyo Kenta (In Japanese the familyname is first) from the Van der Valk hotel in Almere. Our first stop was at the Grote Praambult to get a good view over the Oostvaardersplassen. We saw lots of red deer and next to the railway some roe deer. In a nearby tree a osprey was resting and waiting for a good hunt. Further away some perigrene falcons were present. Great egrets were flying over and we saw lots of barnacle goose and greylag goose. We also observed a group of wild horses, originally from Poland and called Konik horses.
Osprey – Grote Praambult – Oostvaardersplassen.
The next stop was at the Oostvaardersveld and there we saw the first spoonbill of the day. It was foraging for small fishes with its big beak (that looks a bit like a spoon). Near the waterline Green sandpiper was present. Flocks of European goldfinches and linnets were present. We did a small walk to a birdhide (we heard lots of birds like great tit, blue tit,winterwren and blackcap, but most were hiden in the vegetation). From the hide we didn’t spot the kingfisher, but we saw a gorgeous red-backed shrike wich is not verry common in the area. It was hunting for a bumblebee.
We continued our walk and getting a bit closer to some wild horses. Mr.Takumyo was taking pictures with its 400 mm lens. We heard greenfinches and a scarce nuthatch. Also some roe deer were present. Thre youngs were jumping around like fools.
Red-backed shrike – Oostvaardersveld.
After the walk we took a view from the Kleine Praambult and saw lots of ruffs, ringed plover and golden plovers. On a field nearby a mars harrier was flying over. Because of a big bird festival we had to drive throught Lelystad to rouch the dyke. Unfortunately the storks were not present at their nest.
From the dyke you can see how low the land is and how important the dyke to keep the water away. We saw herring gull, common tern, black-headed gull, lesser black-backed gull and previously we saw a little gull (from the Grote Praambult).
We made a quick stop at a nearby protected area called the Lepelaarplassen (translating: Spoonbill lake). Here were lots of duck present like northern shoveler, common teal, mallard and gadwall. In the reed we saw a bearded reedling (male).
Our last stop was on the roof of the visitor centre of the Oostvaardersplassen. Here you get a really good view of the area. The wild horses show up again and we saw some Canadian goose. On the ground sat a Northern goshawk. We saw the nest of a white-tailed eagle and get a glimp of one of the two chicks in a nearby tree far away.
It was a beautiful morning with lots of birds. Mr. Takumyo thank you very much for the beautiful pictures of Japanese birds you gave to me!