The nature reserves Hedelse Bovenwaard and Empelse Waard are separated by the Maas, but for birds it looks as one area. The landscape is pretty similar with flowery meadows and young riparian forests, so the same bird species show up.
Also present are opportunistic feeders like Magpie, Western Jackdaw, Carrion Crow and Wood Pigeon.
More special are the Sand Martins that nest in the free eroding clay banks of the Oude Schans.
Birds of prey like Common Kestrel, Marsh Harrier and the imposing Common Buzzard also make a presence
Occasionally a Stork shows up to feed on the abundant Common Vole.I use a Canon SX70 HS camera to shoot the birds. The camera may not always produce super-sharp images, but the extreme focal length of 1365 mm allows you to get close to the animals while keeping your distance.
The photos are from 2021 onwards.