Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

The Birding Experience wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

2014 Was an awesome year for birding! We celebrated three twitchable new species for the Netherlands: Brown Shrike, American Robin and best of all the first African Desert Warbler for the whole of Northern Europe! There could even be a fourth, White-crowned Wheatear, but in my opinion it will probably go into the books as an escape…

 

I personally recorded 15 new species for my Dutch list, hopefully tomorrow that number will be 16 as I’m planning to have a go at the Lesser Scaup lingering around the Veluwenmeer.

 

I had the privilege to go on two birding-trips outside Europe: Morocco and China. Both were fantastic and highly successful trips! In Morocco me and my dad notched up 31 out of 33 targets, great stuff! Best was an exquisite pair of Thick-billed Larks, set as the feature image of this post.

China was one of those mind-blowing trips where you see several of those species you drool over  in books, but never expect to see in real life!

 

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2015 will be a year of planning for me as next year around this time I will be just a couple of days away of the adventure of a lifetime; my BIGGEST YEAR.

In April and May I’ve already planned two short cleanup-trips to Sweden and Italy, those trips will of course  feature in my blog.

 

Hopefully  2015 will also be a year in which we make some big steps with the global conservation of birds and their natural habitat. Protecting their habitat is also protecting our connection with nature and life! Humans have been the greatest threat to nature since we started walking upright roughly 5 million years ago; isn’t it time to throw the ship around and become the most important protectors of the little natural heavens we sttill have left!?

 

Happy birding!

Arjan Dwarshuis
Arjan Dwarshuis
birding@arjandwarshuis.com