Birds, birds, birds

A few weeks ago I spent some time at Terschelling, one of the dutch Waddensea islands. The place is a true paradise for birdlovers. Whenever and wherever you looked you saw flocks of birds.
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Gulls at the beach of course:

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gulls and curlews

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more curlews and some brant geese

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brant geese in the afternoon

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and brant geese in the evening

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In the streets of Soissons

While on holiday in France this summer, I tried my hand at some streetphotography. I know I am not terribly good at it – I am way to shy – and still have lots to learn, but I had great fun trying.
As you already gathered from the title of this post, all shots were taken in the streets of Soissons.

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Pretty fly

To me there always were only two kinds of flies: ugly ones and very ugly ones. But now I have to change my system because this fly doesn’t fit into either category. In fact she is rather pretty (I think of her as a ‘she’, though I guess it is a male as in the animal world the males are almost always the most colourful).

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Banded Demoiselle

We don’t see these creatures very often here in the Netherlands, though they are supposed to be rather common. But during my recent holiday in France I found a place that was awash with them.
Here is a shot of the male. Love the colour.

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The female has a more subdued colour, but is still rather pretty:

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