Wildlife (2)


Last tuesday I went to a little reserve called Koningsberg. I was curious about it, because someone told me it was very nice to go there with children. So I had to see for myself! I decided to do the 3.5 km walk, which I enjoyed very much because of the scenery and the wildlife.

I love woodpeckers, so when I heard a tapping sound I looked up and there it was, high up in the tree! I watched him for a while, while I was finishing my banana. By the time I could grab my camera it was gone! I continued my walk and after turning a corner I was surprised by the scene I came across. In a little field there was a group of deer, males and females, grazing grass and walking about. They did not seem afraid of me as I just got a few looks from them, but otherwise they were not bothered by my presence at all. I took some pictures of them and then I turned around to photograph a mushroom. Again, I heard a sound which triggered me, I turned around and saw two males bouncing their antlers against oneanother. I had never witnessed that before. It did not seem a real fight though, now that would have been cool!

After saying goodbye to the deer I proceeded my walk again. Next to the path there were three Konik (Polish breed) horses. I was very thrilled to see them, but then I got a little scared as well, because they were so close. The sign at the entry said people should stay at a distance of at least 25 meters from the horses. I watched them for a while, but they were not paying any attention to me, so I just walked on slowly.

I enjoyed my first vist to this reserve very much. Next time I will take my childeren. I am sure they will enjoy it too!



After having dropped off my children at school I went to the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, a beautiful nature reserve, that is home to many animals. It is perfect to do some wildlife photography. I was hoping to see a fox on my trip that day, but no luck there! Sure, I had taken many pictures of deer, but a fox would have made my day. As I was walking further along a stream, thinking about going back home, I suddenly heard a strange sound. I looked up and I saw two swans flying my way! It was a beautiful sight, lasting only about a few seconds. I returned home happy.