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    And off it goes

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Blue Heron

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    And off it goes.... the Blue Heron thought I got a little bit too close for its liking and flew away.

    I hope you enjoyed reading this page and maybe got a little bit enthousiastic in spotting birds as well.

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    Blue heron

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Blue Heron

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    One of my favourite birds : the Blue Heron. I just love seeing them, they are so prehistoric in a way. It's very common to see a blue heron fishing on the side of the canal, waiting for hours patiently to catch a fish. Since I was a little kid I loved watching them and I can remember sitting on the other side of the canal watching them staring into the water. When you get close with a canoe though they will fly away. This picture was taken just before it took off.

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    They are so cute!

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    A young coot

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    This young coot was quite adventurous and tried to walk around a bit around the nest. This of course was great for me as I could take a better look at the bird. A watched it from a safe distance and made some photos using my zoomlens.

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    A coot hidden in the long grass

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Coot hidden in the grass

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    But not all of them were so eager to let their picture taken. Like this one for instance, all hidden away in the long grass. You're able to see a lot of coots when you canoe on the Damsterdiep, but you do have to keep an eye out for them. When they see you come close, they try to hide. Luckely I had a good zoomlens, so I could take their picture anyway.

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    A coot

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    A coot

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    When you paddle anywhere on the canals in Groningen you can't miss seeing some coots. I love watching birds and this is a unique way to get quite close to them. This coot didn't seem to be bothered so much by me and let me get quite close to it. To give you a bit of a feel of how it is to paddle along the canals in Groningen I've added this link. When you open that page you can hear the sound of a coot. A sound you can hear often during your canoe trip.
    http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/johnfirth/coot.wav

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    Grebe (Fuut in Dutch)

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Grebe

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    But not only is it a perfect spot to see birds in this nature reserve. During my canoe trip to Appingedam I saw a lot of birds, even up close. I have put some of the pictures I took there on this page.

    I love seeing the Grebe, they are so much fun to watch. They are excellent swimmers and they love to dive under water. One moment you see them swimming and the next minute... underneath the water. Hahaha, it's always fun to see where they will turn up again on the surface of the water. It makes them very hard to photograph though! Hahaha, you point your camera and oops.... they're disappeared under water again, LOL

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    Peewit

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Peewit

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    This is a picture of a Peewit, or also called lapwing (Kievit in Dutch). You can find a lot of them in this area. This one was on a pasture just outside the lake at the birdsland in Hoeksmeer. There is a ditch around the area so it's hard to get close to the birds. So make sure to bring your binoculars along when you go here!

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    Swans

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    On this picture you can see three swans flying over, they come from the birdsland. They fly over the farmland right next to the nature reserve. In the background you can see one of the farms in this area.

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    Birdsland

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Hoeksmeer

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    The area never used to look like this. When I lived here as a kid I it used to be farmland. There were green pastures with cows and sheep. My friend used to live right next to this piece of land you see here in this picture. I have walk through this field many many times. But about 10 years ago, they turned it into a nature area. The land was bought from the farmers and the water level has become higher. Now the area is a wetland, flooded like on the picture most of the year, but sometimes almost dry. It is a paradise for birds, and birdlovers of course!

    You can't get onto this piece of wetland, but binoculours do wonders to have a good view of the birds. On my last visit to Groningen, I have been here a couple of times.

    It is strange to see this area changed so much since I left Groningen. It has become so beautiful now. I wish that they had made this wetland earlier, when I played here as a kid and was here almost every day.

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    A closer look at the windmill

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Windmill

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    Here is a closer look at the windmill. I have got many pictures of this windmill, but I won't bore you with all of them :-))

    I stayed here quite long, much longer than I intended..... oops, I am late for lunch!!! I jumped on the bike and raced home. Hahaha, when you are late, 4 kilometers is quite a distance when you have to cycle against the wind. Of course I was too late, but we still got our lunch :-))

    I still didn't see what I came here for... the birds. Hoeksmeer is a wonderful place to do some birdwatching. So I jumped back on my bike later in the day and had another look....

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    The sunshine, the wind and the sweet smell..

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Windmill

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    It was wonderful here, such a beautiful spring morning. The flowers waving in the winds, the sun shining brightly, no one around, except some sheep in the pasture next to the windmill. In the distance the nature area, with lots of birds flying around.

    Hmmmm, feel the cool breeze on your skin, but also the warmth of the sun, and the smell of all these flowers. The bleating of the sheep, and look at those little lambs, dancing in the pasture. And the song of the birds in the distance...... it was gorgeous.

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    Going for a short spin to Hoeksmeer

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Bicycling in the Province of Groningen

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    First stop on my mini vacation : Hoeksmeer. In the morning I took a small spin around with the bike to get the feeling back again. Hahaha, it has been ages that I went on a bicycle ride. The wind is quite strong, but the sunshine is gorgeous, so it looks like a good day to be outside.

    After about 4 kilometers cycling I arrived at the windmill of hoeksmeer. I dropped the bikes against the fence at the windmill, and walked further to take a closer look.

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    Ready to go!

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    I arrived in the Province of Groningen early in the morning. I took my bike on the back of the car on the "twinny load" with me. It just takes a few minutes to take them off the car.... and yes, I am ready to go bicycling!!!

    This is an ideal way to take your bikes where ever you want to go. But of course there are many places in Groningen and The Netherlands where you can rent a bike. At most major railway stations you can rent bikes and get a routemap.

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    A mini vacation

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Map Netherlands

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    In May 2001 I have been to the province of Groningen for a couple of days. I stayed in little village in the middle between the cities of Groningen and Delfzijl.

    Instead of my normal family visit in Groningen, I thought of doing a mini-vacation here. I made a plan to go canoeing, cycling and drive around the countryside, making it into a real vacation. And that was what it felt like! It was wonderful to be in the Province of Groningen like this, and explore its beauty.

    On this page I want to tell you about my visit to Hoeksmeer, a place in the middle of nothing, but dear to my heart.

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    Young coots

    by sim1 Updated Jan 29, 2005

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    Young Coots

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    Going on a canoe trip in the spring means that you have a good chance in seeing some young coots. Hahaha, they look ugly but very cute at the same time.

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    • Kayaking
    • Photography
    • Birdwatching

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