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Old Saturday 2nd December 2017, 18:27   #1
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Bad circumstances turned into a cracker of a day!

The trip to Zeeland, Holland didn't go quite as planned. But not necessarily in a bad way!
The day started very foggy. When we arrived at the province border the mist was so thick that we had to wait it out for 1.5 hours. It cleared a little and we were able to see 150-200 metres. Later it would get slightly better but not great.
We didn't have high hopes but we set off 11 o'clock. The day would end just 6 hours later. In these 6 hours we managed to see 78 species of which 3 new lifers for us! And thats quite unique for us in Holland!
Red Necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope and Little Auk!

So what started out as a worst case ended up with a great list!

I'll add some pics later!
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Old Thursday 7th December 2017, 18:24   #2
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Eager to see your pictures! 78 species seems a lot. What was your location and what range?
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Old Thursday 7th December 2017, 20:27   #3
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Aye, do post them!

Bet the 2nd Phalarope was grey and not red
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Forgot all about this post! Will post some tomorrow!
It was a very grey Red Phalarope indeed!
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Old Friday 8th December 2017, 10:12   #5
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As promised, some pictures!

1. Pink footed goose (Ta nutcracker for correcting me!)
2. Black Redstart (F)
3. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
4. Greenshank
5. A very distant Little Auk.

And given the fact we only had 5 1/2 hours of daylight and only birded very close to the car, 78 species certainly is a good number!
We did however do the whole province of Zeeland (Zeeuws-Vlaanderen excepted)
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Old Friday 8th December 2017, 10:19   #6
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Nice pics, thanks!
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As promised, some pictures!

1. Lesser White-fronted goose
Pinkfoot . . . methinks you clicked on the wrong thumbnail when uploading (easy done, I've done it too )
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Haha, you found another translation mistake!
Indeed I ment Pink-footed!
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Awwe . . . I was hoping there'd be a pic of a real LWFG to come!

Kleine Rietgans ('Lesser Bean Goose', PFG) and Dwerggans ('Dwarf Goose', LWFG) respectively - I can see where the confusion starts!
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Isn't it great when days turn out like that Nbalblas!!

Thanks for sharing your day with us.
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