A day Limburg for the Melodious Warbler and a few year species was done last Saturday. At 7 o'clock in the morning Pieter and Maartje stood at my door. We had prepared a list of target species: Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Short-toed Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail, Wood Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Black Kite, Common Rosefinch, Melodious Warbler, Firecrest and Eagle Owl.
An American Golden Plover is for some days present in the Putten near Schoorle. The bird is in a beautiful plumage and can be viewed and photographed at close range. An opportunity that I do not want to miss. Thursday evening after work I paid a visit to the Putten. Upon arrival, the bird is pretty close and with the sun in the back, the photo session is started.
It was a beautiful day and the Common Rosefinch that sat all week in Limburg is easy to approach. A great opportunity to try out the new camera. Around 9 o'clock I drove towards Montfort where the Common Rosefinch was reported.
During a fall my camera has suffered damage. The Canon Mark III was 5 years old and I wanted this year to purchase the new Canon DX. This was now a little earlier than planned. Through the internet I placed the order and then immediately picked it up in Urk. The Lesser Grey Shrike which was found yesterday was a beautiful try out chance.
The death of Mary, my wife, is still very fresh but I have to go on. My family from Scotland left Sunday and only now I realize how quiet it has become at home. Mary had insisted that I had to go on and thus was with Alwin, Pieter and Maartje a Big Day agreed in the Northern provinces. I picked up Alwin at 0:30 am in Heumen and at 1.30 am we picked up Pieter and Maartje at a gas station near Staphorst.
The predictions for the weekend were reasonable. Northeast wind on Saturday and east wind on Sunday. This, combined with the time of year (late April) can yield very good results on the Kamperhoek. Saturday morning I drove with Dirk Eijkemans at 5.15 am towards the Kamperhoek. First I had to scratch the ice of the windows of the car, hopefully the last night frost.
Sunday morning I drive away at 5.30 am from Uden direction Kamperhoek. I leave Uden with a clear sky and just past Den Bosch I ride into a dense fog. Mixed feelings occur in myself with the knowledge that mist is usually even worse in the Flevopolder. Yet I continue and at the pump just past Eemnes I stop for coffee. It is still very foggy and it does not look good. I continue with the smell of fresh coffee spread in the car. When I drive into the polder it clears up. I'm still not convinced by past experience but as I further drive north it even becomes better.
Again a new month and with Pieter & Maartje, Alwin and Joep was agreed to do a day of month listing. A list of target species was drawn up: Falcated Duck, Rock Pipit, Glaucous Gull, Razorbill, Northern Gannet, Kittiwake, Shag, Long-tailed Duck, Pink-footed Goose and Hooded Crow-photo-2. A route along the coast, starting in IJmuiden, could yield the most species. At 6:30 am it was agreed on a parking lot at Huizen.