Author Archives: nilsvanduivendijk

Caspian Stonechat ssp variegatus on Vlieland

  Deception Birding! by Nils 21 years ago, Hans ter Haar († 2011) invented a new way of rarity hunting in the Netherlands. After years of the classic Dutch Birding (whole) weeks on Texel in October, his eyes got stuck … Continue reading

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Pallid Harrier: Next step in status change

First-summer male undertakes post-juvenile moult in the Netherlands. by Nils Well within the time of my birding life, Pallid Harrier was nothing less than a mythical species. Nowadays it is much less rare in NW Europe (in the Netherlands we … Continue reading

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Britain’s next?!

Pygmy Owl: heading in the direction of the UK. by Nils Less than 10 years ago, Pygmy Owl was a dream-on-babe-bird in the Netherlands. Although the species was known to breed increasingly closer and numerous to the border in Germany, … Continue reading

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Strange black-and-white wheatear in the Netherlands

On famous Dutch rarity island-Texel, Monday 21st of May 2012 by Nils Frits and Trudy Stoekenbroek find and photographed an odd but very interesting looking male wheatear. Back at home, five days after their find, Frits and Trudy tentatively identified their … Continue reading

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