Saturday, 27 September 2014

Short but nice visit

The last couple of days it was really quiet at the hide but I still had the feeling that I had to go there and be patient. Goshawk keeps visiting every few days so I had to be very lucky. I got rewarded, not with a Goshawk but with a short visit of a female Sparrowhawk (Sperwer). The visit was short, the bird was shy. I could only make 3 photos before she flew off, scared by the noise of the camera-clicks. Nevertheless I was happy with the first Sparrowhawk visit while in the hide. Also had a Roe deer (Ree) drinking at night.
The visiting Goshawk (Havik) is the one who was in juvenile plumage last winter and spring, the one with the ring on the right leg. He now is changing to adult plumage and keeps on visiting.
A few more photos of the Sparrowhawk you can see here.


 ringed Goshawk

 Roe deer

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Great end of the summer !

New species are still appearing at the hide. Last time I was there after 15 minutes a  Eurasian nuthatch (Boomklever) made a quick visit to drink at the pool. Other visitors were Great Tit (Koolmees), Blue Tit (Pimpelmees) and Eurasian Jay (Gaai). Not a busy afternoon but I was hoping for the Goshawk since it was already 8 days since the last visit of one of the  2 Goshawks. Both the adult and the 2nd summer juvenile were regular visitors lately. My patience paid off ! Suddenly a juvenile Goshawk (Havik) landed in front of the hide, only 1 meter away, sitting at the edge of the pool. Then he jumped in the pool to drink at only 1,5 to 2 meters from the hide. What an experience, so close ! After a few minutes he flew up to sit on a branch in a tree for a few moments before taking off. Nice to know: this was another Goshawk than the 2 visiting before. I left the hide in a happy mood. Afterwards I was a little dissapointed when I saw on the trailcam a Sparrowhawk (Sperwer) visited the hide only 20 minutes after I left.
More photos of the Goshawk by clicking here !

juvenile Goshawk

juvenile Goshawk

Eurasian nuthatch

Eurasian jay

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

New visitors...

The last 2 weeks some new species were spotted at the hide by myself or the trailcam.
For the first time I had Willow warbler (Fitis) and Pied flycatcher (Bonte vliegenvanger) while sitting in the hide. On trailcam I had a female Sparrowhawk (Sperwer) and Green woodpecker (Groene specht). Besides the common species 2 different Goshawks (Havik), Short-toed treecreeper (Boomkruiper) and Tawny owls (Bosuil) are still coming over to visit.

 Willow warbler (Fitis)

Short-toed treecreeper (Boomkruiper)
juvenile Great spotted woodpecker (Grote bonte specht)

Blue tit (Pimpelmees)
female Sparrowhawk (Sperwer) on trailcam

Green woodpecker (Groene specht) on trailcam