Birding the Westside

Franky D @ Oostvaarders Plassen
Maart @ Reeuwijkse Plassen
Menno @ Vlieland
Rob SA v B @ The Maasvlakte
Bienze @ Katwijk
Swen @ Vlieland
Kapser @ Vlieland
Wesbo @ Zwarte Haan

On this page, I put some small articles to share with you, my fellow birdwatchers and the like. Hope you can enjoy them. In due time, more articles will we added, so be sure to check back on a regular basis. The structure of this site is easy. This is the core of it all. From here, you can go to the articles - from there you can only come back here.

On Friday the 25th of November, 2005, a Leach's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa was found underneath a tree in a garden at Amstelveen, just south of Amsterdam. The boys had great fun bringing this bird back to its true habitat: the sea. Enjoy some great photographic footage here! Leach's Storm-Petrel © Menno van Duijn
On Sunday the 23th of October, 2005, Martijn Renders, Niels van Houtum, Rob van Bemmelen, Swen Rijnbeek, Ben Wielstra, Mark Gal and me, Kasper Hendriks, had a terribly good day of seawatching at the small Dutch isle of Schiermonnikoog. They found the 8th Dutch Brünnich's Guillemot Uria lomvia ever, and only the 2nd to be seen alive! Moreover, the previous Dutch day record of 700 Little Auks Alle alle was smashed and more than quadrupled!!! Brunnich's Guillemot @ Schiermonnikoog © Martijn Renders
Some cool alternative creatures again! Find here nice pictures of some garden spiders by clicking ms. phat bastard to the right. Spider @ Leiden © Kasper Hendriks
Finally it has finished: a true trip report of a birdwatching trip to Turkey in the summer of 2004. This trip yielded many many fabulous eastern specialities, including perfect views of Striated Scops Owl Otus brucei, Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes, Caspian Snowcock Tetraogallus caspius and even Caucasian Black Grouse Tetrao mlokosiewiczi! The complete trip report can also be downloaded for free in a pdf-format for easy printing. Quick, hit the thrush on the right!!! Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush @ Cildir, Turkey © Wesley Overman
In the weekend of May the 28th until May the 31th, the boys Ben, Maarten, Rob, Swen and Kapser drove to the south of The Netherlands, also known as Limburg. The meaning of this trip: seeing some real Limburg specialities. An astonishing beautiful one is shown here: Swallowtail Papilio machaon . Swallowtail @ Groeve 't Rooth, Limburg © Maarten Wielstra
On March the 6th, 2004, Bienze and Kapser were happily surprised to find a Iceland Gull Larus glaucoidus on the shore of Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. Ironically, at the same time Maarten and some friends drove all the way to Rotterdam to have a look at the long-staying Iceland Gull in the harbor over there, while most of their weekends are spend at the place this bird turned up. Iceland Gull @ Katwijk © Menno van Duijn
On the morning of Saturday, April the 17th, 2004, a Large Tortoiseshell Nymphalis polychloros was found on the north-eastern side of the Brielsegatdam, next to The Oostvoornsemeer, The Netherlands. The butterfly was quite worn and has probably been spending the winter in the country. Immediately after its discovery, the news has been spread through the Dutch Birding pager system.
Large Tortoiseshell @ Brielsegatdam © Rob SA van Bemmelen
Further, check some of the photographs I made of a stunning male Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca at the Isle of Texel in 2003. It was massively twitched on one of the finest days of 2003. Eastern Black-eared Wheater @ Texel © Kasper Hendriks
Also interesting is the observation of a Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis in the summer of 2003 in the Hortobagy National Park, Hungary. Read more about it on this page. Steppe Eagle @ Hortobagy © Wesley Overman
Maybe you like the very special observation of a Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus at Lentevreugd, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, in November 2003. How often is one able to observe this species at this range?!

Jack Snipe @ Lentevreugd © Rene van Rossum
Recently added is this page containing some non-birds. Check out some Bumble Bees if you like... Small Garden Bumble Bee @ Voorschoten © Kasper Hendriks
In the autumn of 2000, I had the chance to record the call of a Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva with only a very simple taperecorder. Listen to this Wren-like sound on this page... Just click here!

Bluethroat @ Berkheide Chiffchaff @ Lepelaarsplassen Willow Warbler @ Lepelaarsplassen Stonechat @ Berkheide