Hennie van Heerden's Wildlife Diary

February 17, 2010

Amsterdamse Waterleiding Duinen (AWD)

Filed under: February — Hennie van Heerden @ 9:31 pm

Today I went Fox-hunting again with Edgar Thissen and Roeselien Raymond. The snow that had kept Holland under his white blanket for the last two monts (a new record I think) had melted away and the Dunes resembled the Serengeti savannahs. Dry, bleached and wintery. Even in the barren wintercoat, the Dunes are extremely beautiful. I don’t think I know of a National Park in Holland so diverse. It has dunes, forests, the savannah-like areas I mentioned, but also large water basins that store and filter the drinking water for the cities of Amsterdam and The Hague. It is home to an endless variety of animals but particularly known for the many foxes.

We started off at 9 in the morning and although we had some wonderful sightings of Kingfisher, Moeflon and Fallow Deer, no fox showed up. When we were about to return to the entrance, but decided to make one more stop at an area we knew foxes had often been seen, all of a sudden a beautiful fox stepped out of the bushes and allowed us shot after shot! A fantastic ending to a fantastic day!


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