I spent two lovely days in the Netherlands last Thursday and Friday at the behest of the Netherlands BirdLife International partner. Thursday was spent giving a talk about my work promoting urban birding around the world and then taking part in a seminar on getting urban kids interested in nature.
The following day I cycled for what seemed like an eternity around the city and environs led by BirdLife's urban bird specialist Jip Louwe Kooijmans and in the company of a Dutch journalist bringing up the rear.
Saw some good birds includin a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (a city rarity) and heard Crested and Willow Tits.
Read all about it in a forthcoming Birdwatching Magazine article.
Lunchtime for two Carrion Crows
A winter plumaged Herring Gull
A Common Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrion Crow
Great White Egret
Distant flock of Great Cormorants