Showing posts from July, 2018

Storks, Spoonbills, Orchids and Oversley Wood

Friday 15th June - Friday 6th July 2018
I'll start off with some photos of White Storks taken on my recent holiday in Belgium and the Netherlands. Based in Bruges, we encountered Storks nesting near the city in the pretty small town of Damme, and at Zwin Nature Park in Belgium, and also over the border in the dutch town of Sluis. Sluis is a picturesque town, and the Storks we saw here were clearly very used to humans.

I didn't see a Spoonbill during the whole of 2017, and hadn't seen one in 2018 until arriving at Zwin Nature Park and seeing one in flight over the centre. This was probably one of two I saw together from the main hide. This is a fantastic reserve with great facilities. Situated in the north-east corner of Belgium, just west of the dutch border, this is a large wetland habitat providing a refuge for large numbers of wintering birds and breeding birds in the summer. Anyway, the day after arriving back from Belgium, I saw two more Spoonbills at WWT Slimbridge. …