Category: Birds

Feathered friends

This year I bought a subscription for the Apenheul. That is the third time now. I also skipped a year, but keep going there again and again. In the past 4, 5 years I have taken many photos. Also many of birds. For the first time I also photographed one of the free flying macaws this year. Usually they are high in the trees. With my lens it becomes a red dot in green. Now a close-up.

These photos prompted me to see which birds I have photographed in the Apenheul in recent years. Here below a selection of feathered friends in the Apenheul.

 

 

Macaw

Macaw

 

 

 

Darwin's nandoe

Darwin’s nandoe

 

 

 

Indian peafowl

Indian peafowl

 

 

 

Northern bald ibis

Northern bald ibis

 

 

 

Vulturine guineafowl

Vulturine guineafowl

 

 

 

Abyssinian ground hornbill

Abyssinian ground hornbill

 

 

 

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Red-legged seriema

 

 

 

Duet

Last Wednesday I was the Apenheul. A beautiful day, wonderful weather and it wasn’t busy. Perfect! Of course I made a lot of pictures of apes and monkeys. That will be other blogs. What many people don’t know is that there are other animals too. Especially many birds. They also walk and fly freely around the park. So it can happen that you unexpectedly come face to face with a large bird, such as a nandu or this Red-legged. A bird that is not very noticeable, apart from the beautiful blue eyes and the tuft.

This time I did not suddenly come face to face with this couple. I heard a lot of noise from far away. And yes, it was this noisy couple. I wanted to come closer to take pictures, but I wondered at the same time whether it would still be necessary to put earplugs in the camera bag next time. They were shouting at each other very loudly. It could be heard miles away.

I share some photos and a short video to give an impression of the duet that the seriemas “sang”.

 

Translate: Kuifseriema

Red-legged seriema

 

 

Translate: KuifseriemaRed-legged seriema

Red-legged seriema

 

 

Red-legged seriema

Red-legged seriema

 

 

 

 

 

Zoo Amersfoort

Today I went to an zoo again. Amersfoort Zoo. The weather was perfect. A wonderful day. Just sharing some photos I made today.

Besides the primates the big cats belong to my favorites. Such a beautiful animal, this Siberian tiger!

 

Siberian Tiger

Siberian Tiger

 

The main reason for going to Amersfoort are the chimpanzees. And then one in particular, but that’s another blog. This is Wingu, the youngest of the group.

 

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

 

 

Of course I also had to take pictures of this little man. He was so cute exploring at the edge of the water.

 

Hamadryas baboon baby

Hamadryas baboon baby

 

 

This lady opened her eyes for a moment. Wow 🙂

 

Lioness

Lioness

 

 

Last but not least this “beauty”. She has the same curls as me. This relative of the stork is really the very ugly duck in the family. 😛

 

Marabou stork

Marabou stork

 

 

Drostenkamp

Last week I saw during the break that there are lots of geese at the Drostenkamp ponds, with lots of chicks. Oof course I had to go there on my day off.

The first thing you notice is that there are many geese, much more than in other years. It seems that the geese that were born last year have all returned. There are groups of single geese.

 

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

 

Like every year, there are egyptian geese. What is striking is that there are no chicks yet. Other years they were the first with a family.

 

Egyptian goose

Egyptian goose

 

And of course there are ducks, but ducklings I have not seen yet.

 

Duck

Duck

 

There are a lot of greylag families, with chicks from a day old to chicks that already have feathers. A few greylag geese are not purebred. These are descendants of a white domestic goose that has raised a family for a few seasons. Father gray goose was always out of the picture. Mother did everything alone. Her children now have chicks themselves.

To lure the geese I brought bread. A few pieces in the water, and there they come …

 

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

 

Blue eyes and more white than a greylag goose should have. No doubt about it! White geese blood 🙂

 

Greylag geese

Greylag geese

 

The geese love the bread. The geese also come to me on the grass. Mom and dad show me that the don’t want me to come too close to the children. Head low and hissing!

 

Domestic goose

Domestic goose

 

For the first time this year there is also a completely white geese family. Both parents are white and also hissing to me and the other geese. Stay away!

What is striking is that the chicks are not yellow. Probably there are greylag geese in the ancestors.

 

Greylag goose

Greylag goose

 

The chicks are not afraid. The biggest ones come very close. One eats from my hand. So cute!

 

Greylag goose chick

Greylag goose chick

 

I made hundreds of photos. Sitting on the ground between lots of goose children. So sweet!

 

Greylag goose chick

Greylag goose chick

 

Nice to see how they go to test and taste everything.

 

Greylag goose chick

Greylag goose chick

 

Everything under the supervision of two attentive parents. They are busy. One family had 16 chicks. Pfft! And I felt busy with my twins: P

 

Greylag goose

Greylag goose