Common Sandpiper, wonderful bird with a beautiful sound

The Common Sandpiper

As I’m living close to a river, every day there is something to find, see or hear. One of the “something” is the Actitis hypoleucos…, the common sandpiper.

Common Sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucosCommon Sandpiper

The common sandpiper breeds across most of temperate and subtropical Europe and Asia and migrates to Africa, southern Asia, and Australia in winter. In the Netherlands, this little bird is on the red list which means that this bird is about to disappear. (or already disappeared from the Netherlands) It seems that in the Netherlands only a 10 – 30 pairs stay to build a nest.

Sometimes I hear the sound of this small bird when I take Yaz out for her daily walks.
The sound, during sunset or sunrise, is for me absolutely wonderful.

When I see them, they’re flying in small flocks, low over the water surface.

Most of the time I have the camera ready but these little creatures are quick and so small and therefore difficult to find on the rocks or to follow when I have them in sight.

Common Sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper
Finally

Last Tuesday I took Yaz for a walk, camera ready. Suddenly I heard that beautiful sound again and I saw 2 of these little creatures flying, away from me, down the river shoreline!!
One of the common sandpipers landed not far away from where I was, so… Finally, it’s time to do some photographic hunting.

Common Sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper
Amazing Yaz

O, I had Yaz with me right? She listens very well but what to expect from a 3 years old Flat-coated retriever. Indeed, she has carrots in her ears most of the time.
O yes, she will listen after she has done her thing. Whatever that is…

This time I ordered her to stay on her spot and lay down.
Accordingly, I sneaked closer and closer, taking photos when I could.
When I was looking, where Yaz supposed to be, about 30 yards away back… Guess what. She was still there where she ordered her to stay! I only saw a small part of her head and fluffy ears.

When I signaled her to come over to me there wasn’t any dirt filling the sky.
Normally she is a little canon. Now, she approached very carefully, staying low, until she reached me.
Just a hand signal and she stayed.

Eventually, she did amazingly well.

What’s next?

Keep an eye on my portfolio

This beautiful bird can be found in the “Wildlife_Birds” gallery.

Enjoy!!

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Meeting in the forest after a long time

The meeting

After a long time, it was today I’d planned a meeting with some friends in a small forest close by. Not sure they were at home though…

Entering the forest, with my dog Yaz, was a sort of homecoming.
For Yaz too as she was on top speed in a record time, down the track in front of us. Well, in this case, it assured my friends knew I was there.

Long-tailed tit, meeting
Long-tailed tit
Forest and meadows

Wow! It’s an amazing day with a lot of sunshine with beautiful flowers and little creatures. In the background noisy birds… My friends.

Beauty, meeting ,Flowers
Beauty

In the meantime, while I was shooting pictures, Yaz was transforming into a wet mud monster.
As usual, she didn’t realize she had to get back home again… In my car.
Well, we’re just on our way so, that being the case, there was time to dry.

Common Brimstone, meeting ,Flowers, Gonepteryx rhamni
Common Brimstone
My friends
Long-tailed tit, meeting
Long-tailed tit

And there they were.
The Long-tailed tit, Eurasian blackcap, and the Short-toed  Treecreeper.

Eurasian blackcap, meeting
Eurasian blackcap

It was a good meeting.
I heard and saw many other birds who were busy.
Either way, I have not been able to find them, so, I have to go back soon.

Short-toed Treecreeper, meeting
Short-toed Treecreeper

The sunlight was quite hard and made it difficult today. Nevertheless, I was able to shoot some nice photos anyway.

Keep an eye on my portfolio

The beautiful creatures in this post can be found in the “Insects, Flowers and  Wildlife_Birds” gallery.

Enjoy!!

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SteenokkerZeel – Airport Brussel

SteenokkerZeel – Airport Brussel

During the visit at Airport Brussel, the final approach of a plane in a Red Devils color scheme, of the Brussel Airlines.

Red Devils

Red Devils, SteenokkerZeel - Airport Brussel

Red Devils, Steenokkerzeel – Airport Brussel

What’s next?

Still to figure out a lot.
The SNAP auto poster is still a pain. It works but I need to get the different account setup correctly.

If you like to check out SNAP as a plugin on your site, take a look over here.
I have a lot of fun with it.

Keep an eye out on this site because more will follow soon 😉

Click here for my Portfolio

Have fun!!

Rense

Visit Airbase Beauvechain and after that.

Visit Airbase Beauvechain and after that.

Yesterday, April 27, we had the opportunity to visit Airbase Beauvechain, close to Brussel. I had an early start with Hans Paul Hemelaar, my brother in crime. A report with photo’s of that visit will follow soon.

I heard a noise…

After that visit, we went to the Brussel Airport to do some photographing of the landing airliners. The site where we stopped was a plain piece of ground and it didn’t take long before I heard a noise… This was not the sound of a landing plane.

I heard already a lot of them and that they are not easy to shoot (photographing). But here it is. My first, Blue-headed Wagtail!!
Loving this…..

Blue-headed Wagtail - Gele Kwikstaart, Visit Airbase Beauvechain
Blue-headed Wagtail – Gele Kwikstaart

Back to sorting the rest of the photos.

See my Portfolio for more photos

Have fun!

Portfolio Update

Portfolio Update

Had a busy week with two school events at Edze’s school.
One soccer tournament and one trip to the Zoo Diergaarde Blijdorp. I was totally down and out after these two days. Kids in the age of 8 – 9 years is a handful when trying to control them. Impossible!

At the Zoo the group got an education about camouflage in nature and what sorts of camouflage are used by animals. Have to say, learned some new things by myself as well.

And, a nice surprise was that there was a new family member born within the colobus monkeys.
See picture down below. It was a bit dark and behind glass, so quality is not that good, unfortunately.

colobus monkeys, Update
colobus monkeys
What Else?

Anyway.
I have not yet posted pictures of both school events and the kids.  The school has the first pick of these 😉
But on the way to the Zoo and back to school, I made some pictures with my phone, one or two of them are posted in my Portfolio.

Galleries

Some more have been added to the galleries Wildlife_Birds and Wildlife_Birds of Prey.

What’s next?

Yes, Social media again.
I finished the Social Media.

Keep an eye out on this site because more will follow soon 😉

Click here for my Portfolio

Have fun!!

Rense

Equipment used by ShiftyNL-photography

The Equipment

Having looked around on this site you might wonder what equipment I’m using.
Not that it’s important when you just like to see the photo’s on this site.
You just might not be interested in it.

Anyway, I like to tell a bit more about the hardware I use to get these results.
I also use Lightroom, Photoshop and some other nice plugin or standalone tools.

Therefore I added a page to the website to show you what I use.

Nikon D7200, gear used, gear, equipment
Nikon D7200

 

Follow this link to see what equipment do I use!

Enjoy!!

New photo’s added to my Portfolio

New photo’s added on my site ShiftyNL-Photography.

Saturday, 2018-0407, I used my time to sort out all photo’s taken in 2016 en some from 2017.
Still, have loads to go through.
I re-edited some photo’s in Lightroom and Photoshop and added them to my Portfolio.

Look for them in Dogs, Wildlife_Birds, Wildlife_Mammals and Landscapes_Skylines.

In the Landscapes_Skylines a beautiful picture from the Overwaard windmills at Kinderdijk.

What else?

This week I have a football tournament and a school trip to the Zoo Blijdorp with my son Edze, which will probably add more photo’s to sort out 🙂

Yes, I have another Social Media channel. This time Pinterest.
Take a look over there. It’s nice.

What’s next?

Next week I’ll travel up north to visit the Frisian Flag 2018 and hope to get some new photo material from this event as well.

An update from this all will follow soon.

I’m also still working on the auto-post script.
It needs some scripting to have it all run smoothly.

Keep an eye out on this site because more will follow soon 😉

Click here for my Portfolio

Have fun!!

Rense

 

Updated My Portfolio on ShiftyNL-Photography

Today I updated My Portfolio with older and newer work”.

Galleries

Two new Galleries are added to the site

Bumble bee, My Portfolio
Bumble bee
What else?

I implemented an auto-post option into the site, which makes it possible to re-post any news and/or update to 5 other social media accounts.
Some live testing is in progress so you might see some not so useful messages the next couple of days which will be deleted afterward. 😉

What’s next?

Again I added a new social media channel. This time Google+.
Because I was doing an online Social Media Course, I learned that a Google+ account adds a lot more to any posting you do.
Facebook and Instagram do have their own policies which are not always the best for you.
Have look at my Google+ account.

Keep an eye out on this site because more will follow soon 😉

Click here for my Portfolio

Have fun!!

New Galleries added today

New Galleries added today.

new galleries, common reed

 

 

 

 

 

The Galleries

After having made all the picture sizes equal I added some new Galleries.
It’s looking even better now.

What’s next?

Social media. Again I added a new social media channel. This time Flipboard.
Because of the setup of Flipboard, I liked the idea to set it up.

Take a look at my Flipboard account!

Yet, I’m still looking for an auto-post script to have it all automated.
There are a few but these are limited to only 3 accounts.
Unfortunately, I have more than 3.

Keep an eye out on this site because more will follow soon 😉

Click here for my Portfolio

Have fun!!

Rense

New Gallery added on ShiftyNL-Photography

New Gallery added on ShiftyNL-Photography.

Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

The Gallery

The Wildlife_Birds has been added as a gallery to the Portfolio.
Which looks quite awesome.

What’s next?

I’m still looking for an auto-post script, most of all to get some posting automated.
Because of automating, I only need to align up posts and have the script do the rest for me.

And another social media is added. Have a look at my Tumblr account.

You can think, Why are you using so many social media accounts?
That’s a good question.
Because I like fiddling whit social media and web development, to some extent, I just love to be active in that way.

It’s fun!!

Keep an eye out on this site because more will follow soon.

Click here for my Portfolio

Have fun!!

Rense