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The rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) is a common bird here in Amsterdam. There’s a group of them in my backyard, and they wake me up every morning! It’s a noisy species with an unmistakable squawking call. Without exaggerating, there can be 30 of them (sometimes more, especially in the winter) in one tree. They’re nice to look at, but I do wish I had mute button (or at least a snooze button) for them ūüėČ

Here’s a cute little female, she didn’t scream but just sat there talking to herself (who doesn’t sometimes) which seem to be typical for them.




Going on an egg hunt ūüôā¬† Happy Easter everyone!


A sweet moment between mother and child ¬† ¬† ‚̧

Photographed today in the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen



Despite the abundance in photographs (see previous post), I still think there’s room for more. ūüôā Even a photo of a cat! To add to the trillions out there already.

Actually, I’ve been wanting to use my new camera, Fujifilm X-T1, but due to lack of time and horrid weather I haven’t been able to get out. So, my cat Odd has been forced to model for me at home. This picture was taken in low light without flash



A Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus), photographed in Lanzarote




A male Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus), photographed in wetlands outside Amsterdam yesterday



Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)



A Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), photographed outside St Petersburg, Russia a few weeks ago

It got its scientific name “rudibundus” which means “laughing” even though its cry doesn’t sound like laughing. The background story to the name is that when Linn√© named it, he used information from Ornithologia (written by Brisson in 1760) because the Black-headed gull didn’t breed in Sweden at the time so Linn√© wasn’t very familiar with it. In Ornithologia, Brisson described the Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) and the Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) as sub-species of the same art (Gavis ridibunda). Unlike the Black-headed gull though, the Laughing gull’s cry does sound like laughing- despite missing “rudibundus” in its scientific name.

If you only get a quick look at one of these gulls and want to know which one you saw, it might help you to know that the Black-headed Gull lives in Europe and Asia and the Laughing Gull in North and South America.



A Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) standing on one foot.

This bird is also known as the Peewit or Pewit (imitative of its cry), Green Plover (emphasizing the color of the plumage) or (in the British Isles) just Lapwing (which refers to its peculiar, erratic way of flying).



Dealing with tree branches is a ‘nice’ challenge for a bird photographer! Here are three photographs of various branches….. and some birds ūüėČ

1. Dunnock (Prunella modularis). Could’ve been a nice photo if he had posed elsewhere-


2. European Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis). A very shy bird, photographed from afar-


3. Long-tailed Bushtit (Aegithalos caudatus). One of my favorite birds but I’ve never managed to get a good, sharp photo of any-