• Accipiter gentilis - Goshawk

    Accipiter gentilis - Goshawk

    Quite funny that this is actually the eponym for the order of Goshawk-like birds (Acipitriformes) from Sparrowhawk to Golden Eagle and even the vultures of the Old World, like Gryphon vulture and Bearded vulture. The Goshwak is a middle-sized resident that breeds in the Netherlands. Nests usually canbe found 10-16 meters up in a tree.
  • Accipiter nisus - Sparrowhawk

    Accipiter nisus - Sparrowhawk

    The Sparrowhawk is the little brother of the Goshawk. IN flight it is often mistakenly identified as a Kestrel, but the Sparrowhawk is larger and has much broader wings. As with the Goshawk, females are much larger than males.
  • Aquila chrysaetos - Golden eagle

    Aquila chrysaetos - Golden eagle

    The Golden eagle is, with a span of 2,25 meter one of the largest Eagles of the Northern hemisphere. It has an incredible sight and can spot a rabbit from 2 km up in the air. The feathers are mostly brown wit in the neck a little longer, golden feathers. This is the same for both sexes.
  • Aquila fasciata - Bonelli's Eagle

    Aquila fasciata - Bonelli's Eagle

    The Bonelli's eagle is a middle-sized Eagle with a large acreage. Adults are darkbrown with a grey underside and vertical striping. In flight the long white tail feathers with one or more dark subterminal bands are characteristic, together with the lighter head and the brownish chest band. The rough-legged is longer-winged and more eagle-like in appearance than the Common Buzzard
  • Buteo buteo - Common buzzard

    Buteo buteo - Common buzzard

    The common Buzzard is as the name sais most common preditor in the Netherlands with approximately 10.000 breeding pairs. It is notorious for its variable pumage, from which it got its name "Buse variable". In the Netherlands each winter is a huge amount of winter guests from Scandinavia is welcomed. Most of these have a much lighter plumage than the residents. Important distinguishing characteristics are the white band across the chest (the majors chain) and the banded tail.
  • Buteo lagopus - Rough-legged buzzard

    Buteo lagopus - Rough-legged buzzard

    The Rough-legged buzzard is a separate specie which is often mistakenly identified by inexperienced birders because Common buzzards can sometimes have three or four characteristics of a rough-legged but aren't. Rough-legged are winterguests which can be recognized by their larger size (+17 cm wingspan), the light head, the dark brown chest band, and the light tailfeathers with a dark terminal band.
  • Buteo rufinus - Long-legged buzzard

    Buteo rufinus - Long-legged buzzard

    The Long-legged buzzard is a very rare vagrant in the Netherlands. In the winters of 2013, 2014 and 2015 a First calendar year bird yearly returnd to the Maasvlakte where all of birding Holland could see the bird transform into a (almost) adult 4th cy bird. On the above picture of december 2015 it is almost adult.
  • Circaetus gallicus - Short-toed eagle

    Circaetus gallicus - Short-toed eagle

    The Short-toed eagle is a middle-sized eagle which can be identified by its mostly dark, owlish head and a characteristic flight with hooked wings.
  • Circus aeruginosus - Marsh harrier

    Circus aeruginosus - Marsh harrier

    Marsh harriers are quite common breeders in the Netherlands. Males and females have quite different plumage. Females are brown with a lighter head, while males are three-colored with a brown body, grey wings and black wingtips. The birds can be identified by the long wings with 5 primaries or 'fingers' and the chharacteristic way of hunting: zigzagging low over the reed.
  • Circus cyaneus - Hen harrier

    Circus cyaneus - Hen harrier

    Hen harriers are a scarce breeder in the north of the Netherlands while in the rest of is it is a winter guest. Females are brown with a very pronounced white rump, while males are beautifully white from below with a blue-grey upper side.
  • Circus macrourus - Pallid harrier

    Circus macrourus - Pallid harrier

    From the four harriers, this is the only one that not breeds in the Netherlands, a rare migratory bird. After several dips, I finally saw my first one in Waddinxveen, a third calendar year male.
  • Circus pyrgasus - Montagu's harrier

    Circus pyrgasus - Montagu's harrier

    Montagus Harriers are quite simular to Hen harriers but are smaller and have only 4 primaries, which makes the wings look longer and smaller. These are very rare as a drifter and especially as breeders, with a peculiar spike in the fifties, because of the exploitation of the Flevopolder.
  • Elanus caeruleus - Black-winged kite

    Elanus caeruleus - Black-winged kite

    Despite of their name, these are not related to the Black and Red kites but form a specie of their own with the Australian and American Blackwinged kites and the Letter-winged kite. In the Netherlands it is a rare vagrant which is often seen hovering like a kestrel.
  • Gypaetus barbatus - Bearded vulture

    Gypaetus barbatus - Bearded vulture

    Bearded vultures are extremely rare vagrants with a wingspan of 2,8 meters. It has a white chest which is usualy smeared with red clay. Bearded vultures feed themselves with a diet of 80% bones. With their large beaks they can swallow large bones but larger bones are crushed by dropping them from high in the air on the rocks.
  • Gyps fulvus - Griffon vulture

    Gyps fulvus - Griffon vulture

    Griffon vultures seem to have found their way to the Netherlands. With only 7 sightings in the previous century from 2007 onwards yearly larger groups are spotted. In 2015 a group of over 30 stayed for a couple of days.
  • Haliaetus albicilla - White-tailed eagle

    Haliaetus albicilla - White-tailed eagle

    With the exploitation of the Oostvaardesplassen the white-tailed eagle has become a resident in the Netherlands with 5 breeding pairs and several 1st, 2nd and 3rd calendar year youngsters. With a wingspan of 2 meters it is often called a flying door.

    Adults have a white head and tail and an explicit yellow bill.
  • Hieraaetus pennatus - Booted eagle

    Hieraaetus pennatus - Booted eagle

    Booted eagles have the size of a Common buzzard but with the more square wings and long primaries it is easily identified as a true Eagle.
  • Milvus migrans - Black kite

    Milvus migrans - Black kite

    The Black kite is a regular drifter with spikes in spring and autum. In flight the bird can be identified by the lesser size and lesser forked tail than a Red kite.
  • Milvus milvus - Red kite

    Milvus milvus - Red kite

    This most beautiful bird of prey is a rare breeder in the Netherlands but can be seen drifting all through the year. Characteristic is the deeply forked tail (on the picture above it also misses one or two inner tail feathers) and the light panes in the wings.
  • Neophron percnopterus - Egyptian vulture

    Neophron percnopterus - Egyptian vulture

    Only four sightings in the Netherlands of which one with a picture. This Vulture can be identified bij the cuneiform tail, the light chest and panes and the long thin bill.
  • Pandion haliaetus - Osprey

    Pandion haliaetus - Osprey

    Ospreys are no real eagles but make a separate specie. Characteristic are the mask and light belly and underwings but really special are the shape of the claws with two toes pointing forward and two pointing backward. With these claws it can easily lift and transport a catch to the shore to eat it.
  • Pernis apivorus - Honey buzzard

    Pernis apivorus - Honey buzzard

    Honey buzzards are mysterious birds of which only estimations can be made on the number of breedings in the Netherlands. The bird is a summer guest and stays in the Netherlands from May to August and stays in Africa, mostly Nigeria for the winter. Honey buzzards breed in forests and eat instects, larva and small reptiles.
  • Saggitarius serpentarius - Secretary bird

    Saggitarius serpentarius - Secretary bird

    This very appealing bird does of course not belong here but since it was in a Nature book a had when I was a little boy and I saw for real in Kenia, I do want to mention it here.

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