The Dutch city of Leeuwarden is, together with Valetta on Malta, Cultural Capital of Europe 2018. With a long list of activities and events through the year. We have spent here 1,5 days. The photo shows a part of “Lân fan Taal”: text painted on the square and readible when climbing the stairs of the Language experience center. Language makes us human.
We turned the page to a new chapter in our life: we moved from the busy western urban area of The Netherlands to the border of The Veluwe, the largest nature reserve of the country. This will open a load of possibilites to explore nature and wildlife of the area. Starting today, when I encountered a few mandarin ducks near Schaarsbergen.
Kwade Hoek is a nice nature reserve on the island Goeree-Overvlakkee in The Netherlands. I went here to photograph terns. The photos shows a (I think common -) tern feeding a juvenile. The juvenile seems to be almost ready to catch his own fish… I need to come back here as I would like to have a photo of the tern diving into the water catching the fish, for which I need more patience and luck.
In the Dutch Markermeer new artificial islands are being created to serve as a nature reserve. We booked an excursion to the construction works of these new islands, the “Marker Wadden”. You can reach them after a 75 minute boat trip from Lelystad. Just when leaving the harbour of Lelystad, you pass this colony of breeding spoonbills.