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The Netherlands: Le Departement du Nord, Flanders, Zeeland, Holland and Friesland, 9 -16 February 2008

  • Finally, we stopped off along the coastal road to have another look at the two adult White-tailed Eagles, from a different angle; they were rather closer this time.  Behind us were around a hundred Common Snipe - I don't think I've ever seen such a number....Anthea , Irene and Stephen report.

Dutch Birding Bonanza 20th-27th October, 2006

  • A little further up the Oostvaardersdijk road, we stopped by a small group of onlookers and found a distant juvenile White-tailed Eagle, looking quite ponderous as it perched in a tree being mobbed by a tiny Crow...Chris Hall reports

The Netherlands ~ Birds & Bulbfields 28th April to 2nd May, 2005

  • Our first day of 'serious' birding is in the huge wetland reserve of Oostvaardersplassen, where every newly arrived warbler including Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow, Reed, Sedge and Grasshopper seems to be performing an all day song contest. Star of the show is a Savi's Warbler...Chris Hall reports

Birdwatching  Trip to Holland January 2001

  • This is a report of the short birdwatching trip done in winter 2001 in Holland. We went by van, where we slept, allowing us to sleep close to good places for birdwatching. We got information about good places for Geese from Eurobirdnet, and thanks to some Dutch birdwatchers, we had information about different places, and the species seen lately in each one...Arnau Bonan Barfull reports

Friesland May '99

  • One bird that had almost disappeared, but that is making a miraculous comeback in this area is the White Stork. Numbers are inflated here, it is true, by the proximity to a "stork village" in Eernewoude, where storks are "grown". At any rate it is great to regularly see these beautiful birds wheeling overhead or thoughtfully stalking through the meadows. It is a sight that I feared lost forever in this country!....Wim Vader reports.

A walk at Tienhoven Feb '98

  • The small village of Tienhoven is situated north of Utrecht, in an archetypically Dutch area of shallow lakes (caused by peat-digging centuries ago) and low-lying polders with grassland separated by broad ditches. The dominant bird-song this windy sunny mild day was that of Chaffinches, Robins, and tits, with surprisingly often also the "compressed spiral" of the Short-toed Treecreeper....Wim Vader reports.


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Some Useful bird books for the Netherlands :
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Where to Watch Birds in Holland, Belgium & Northern France
Arnoud Van Den Berg, Dominique Lafontaine: Buy from or

  • A guide to 200 of the best birdwatching sites along the coast of northwestern continental Europe and the surrounding countries. Explains how to get there and when to go, and picks out the birds special to each site

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Europe's best Field guide. If you only carry one field guide on a trip into Europe then this should be it. It provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and numerous illustrations to show the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding, etc).

Recommended travel books for the Netherlands:

Holland Guide
Ron Charles: Buy from or

  • This is a comprehensive look at the vacation destination of Holland. With cool summers and mild winters, Holland is a year-round attraction for Europe-bound travellers. This guide includes extensive walking tours, plus hotel, restaurant and sight-seeing details to 48 major cities and towns, picturesque country villages, luxury seaside resorts and historic, architecturally-rich hamlets and villages. From exciting Amsterdam, bursting with non-stop nightlife, wonderful street-life, beautiful canals and world-renowned museums and galleries, to the stately buildings, ordered streets and lovely seascapes of The Hague.

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Texel April 29 to May 2, 2001

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