Birds

I hope my previous blog brought you a clear picture (how appropriate :-)) about how one bird can estimate distances very well while other birds hardly...

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The eyes of birds – part 2

In my previous blog I wrote about the Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) and why this bird sometimes literally crash into buildings. Some readers wond...

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The eyes of birds – part 1

Spring is in the air, nature is ready for it. Great tits (Parus major) are doing their utmost and are singing like squeaky bicycle pumps and the ...

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Master in camouflage

Spring is in the air. Although last weekend it was still snowing, you can sense that spring is coming. Perhaps a few night frosts, a bit of snow and t...

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Squeaking bicycle pumps

So, it’s winter. Birds leave the colder, northern parts of the continent and migrate southwards in the hope that there will still be enough food for...

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A forerunner of winter

One of the bird species that reside in the Netherlands during winter is the great grey shrike (Lanius excubitor). It is not a common winter guest...

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A masked winter guest

When we had just moved to our current residence, I had a chat with our new neighbor Klaas. At a certain moment we got talking about nature and birds. ...

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The talkative silk-tail

Sometimes, mainly in January, media report on large quantities of long-eared owls (Asio otus) in trees. They may report about groups of five to nine o...

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Roosting owls

A bird that always comes last during my lectures about birds of prey is one you don’t often see. Although, at this time of the year your chances to ...

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Little troublemaker

On the extraordinary achievements of an ordinary bird One of these days I hope to find one in my mailbox, a postcard from Ivory Coast. Or Angola, or t...

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Greetings from Ivory Coast

Recently new residents have moved into our garden. Flying residents to be more specific. It has always been busy in our garden, especially in the wint...

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New residents in our garden

Slowly but surely everything starts to turn green again, the trees are budding, the plants are awaking from their hibernation and the first migratory ...

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They’re back!

Sometimes your garden is flooded with cheerful and busy tweeting from a little flock of birds. This time not that of sparrows. It’s much more subtle...

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Flying lollypops

An impressive bird of prey, the buzzard (Buteo buteo). It’s the most common raptor species in the Netherlands. It’s often seen on poles and traffi...

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A lazy hunter

The whole of the Netherlands seems to be captivated by the kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). Photos regularly appear on Facebook and Instagram. That’s not...

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The blue flash