I’ve been wanting to see Avocets (‘Kluut’ in Dutch) for years, and suddenly I got to watch and sketch not one but a whole family through Tineke’s telescope, ideally positioned in her attic. They are the most beautifully elegant birds, with ballerina legs and upturned beaks.
After that, we went to ‘de Blauwe Kamer’, a nature reserve with a birdhut where I got to gaze and gaze more at egrets, cormorants, herons, geese, shellducks, and my great favourites: Spoonbills (Lepelaars). About 30 spoonbills nesting in various little islands’ trees, taking off to hoover in the shallows, and young ones with shorter, pinkish beaks making sure they were being paid enough attention to. (click to see larger spoonbills!)