a young Blue Heron contemplates life
this is a Common Sandpiper
this Magpie keeps its feet dry, for the moment
Carrion Crows are opportunistic feeders and do not mind to get wet feet in the process
some White Wagtails live close to the shore
Spoonbills were almost extinct in the Netherlands but lately the numbers are increasing
a not so sharp photo of a Green Sandpiper
Birds of the uiterwaarden: Waders
The nutrient-rich muddy banks of the ponds in the Hedelse Bovenwaard and Empelse Waard on either side of the Maas, offer
plenty of food for shore birds.
Typical waders like Heron, Sandpiper, Egret, Oyster Catcher and the occasional Spoonbill
can be spotted here.
But more common bird species have also discovered the feeding opportunities at the waterfront.
types like Carrion Crow and Magpie show up, but also Wagtail, Lapwing, Doves and others frequent the waterline for a quick snack.
And Barn Swallows use the wet clay as building material for their nests.
I mainly use a Canon SX70 HS camera to shoot
the birds. This device may not always produce super-sharp images, but the extreme focal length of 1365 mm allows you to get close
to the animals from a proper distance.
The photos are from 2021 onwards.
an Eurasian Collared Dove checks for small critters
in dry periods the occasional Lapwing forages on worms in the muddy shores
a young Lesser Black-backed Gull and a Carrion Crow quarrel over a washed-up eel
Oyster-catchers become more and more common along the Dutch rivers
a Western Great Egret on the hunt