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Travel Tuesday: Eurasian spoonbill

Eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) / Löffler also Löffelreiher

One evening I was on my way back to our apartment when I noticed a quite big bird flying slowly in my direction. As I saw on the flying style it was neither a goose nor any of the other birds I watched during the last days. I wondered, what bird was coming up to me.

While the distance shrank, I hoped it wouldn’t change its direction. It seems to me like a heron or an egret, but I was still unsure.

A few minutes later, I was sure to see a spoonbill in front of me, a member of the heron family. You can identify this bird easily on the very distinct shape of the spout.

Take care!

 

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Travel Tuesday: gaining new land

 

Here at the north sea, people are trying to protect the land from the sea. This aim exists for centuries. The beach area protects to land. But, during heavy winter storms, a beach can be removed easily by wind and waves. Thus, in some areas the people set these lines of poles in the tidal area to reduce the speed of the water movement. So, some particles are able to settle near the poles and over time salty meadows grow. That’s a very sensible area, but very valuable for many birds.

In the above image, the meadow is still growing. During high tide the water circles the gras areas and builds uncountable tiniest islands. Over time, more and more grass will grow and avoid water coming here during a regular flood. Only very hight tides will be able to over flood the grass again. The bigger the meadows are and the longer the distance for the ocean is to cover, the less waves are able to fight against the dikes. That’s how protecting the land works.

Take care!