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15 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

Classy shots as usual Peter, and I have caught up with your posts at last. Been ever so busy recently so going back , the Willow Warbler is superb, the Tern and Windmill is very, well very Dutch...love it, and the Marsh Warbler is one I haven't seen. Great shots of nearly everything! Great score too for the half year, how many in Holland?

Thanks Dave, about 100 of the total were taken in Holland. I still have a little catching up to do and migration will bring a few more, I hope, but not too many. However, we've suddenly taken the plunge and taken out an option on a group birding tour to Colombia in November, so this may yet turn out to be a bigger year than expected. We've never done group tour before, so I don't know how we'll like that aspect, but Colombia is a top destination, of course. Having said that, it's by no means certain that we'll go, as there are only 3 options so far ( a friend of ours is interested, too) and they need a minimum of 6. Still, we've got some months left.

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Dave Williams

Colombia! Nice one. Hope it goes ahead.

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xelas
6 hours ago, PeterHG said:

( a friend of ours is interested, too) and they need a minimum of 6

 What are the dates, Peter?

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PeterHG
34 minutes ago, xelas said:

What are the dates, Peter?

A 19-day trip starting 24th November, so return probably 12th December. 

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PeterHG

332. White Stork. Ameide, June

 

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333. Ruddy Shelduck. Lauwersmeer, June. Always a good place to see them, though mostly distant.

 

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Galana
12 hours ago, PeterHG said:

We've never done group tour before, so I don't know how we'll like that aspect,

They are an acquired taste. No doubt they deliver the goods but some folks love them and others can't abide them. It is a very personal thing.

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Kitsafari

your photos are just awesome @PeterHG . I finally saw a shelduck last month in Australia (never seen one before) so now I know how big these guys are!

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PeterHG
9 hours ago, Galana said:

They are an acquired taste. No doubt they deliver the goods but some folks love them and others can't abide them. It is a very personal thing.

I always counted myself in the second category, but we'll take a chance ;)

 

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PeterHG

334. Hawfinch. Leusden, July. I rarely ever see them, but a friend of mine has a garden, overlooking a stand of big trees and at this time of the year they regularly visit them Distant, but happy with the sighting.

 

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335. European Goldfinch. Arkemheen, July. On several occasions I have tried to grab a flight shot of this handsome finch, but without much luck, so far. This time, however, a little group of them were flying about and I noticed they would eventually always come back to the same tree. A little patience and lot of luck did the rest.

 

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pedro maia
11 minutes ago, PeterHG said:

A little patience and lot of luck did the rest.

 

 

That´s all true but that´s not all you need to take those pictures, needless to say they are amazing.

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Zim Girl

Gorgeous GIF pics.

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Peter Connan

Magnificent!

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