Magpies are common here
Sand Martins check out their new family home in the Oude Schans
Eurasian Blue Tits are balance artists
a European Robin
in winter migrating Northern Lapwings forage in the wet uiterwaard
a male Kestrel is showing off his colors
a hungry Stork is hunting for mice
a Common Wood Pigeon
a self-conscious Carrion Crow
you see am lot of Common Whitethroats here
Birds of the uiterwaarden: Landlubbers

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.

Some very common songbirds here are Goldfinch, Stonechat,  White Wagtail, Robin, and Common Whitethroat.

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.

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a European Goldfinch takes top position
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European Stonechats thrive here
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a Common Starling
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in winter Fieldfares from Eastern Europe shoe up to gorge on cherry berries
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a Buzzard is checking for Vole
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a shining Western Jackdaw
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