Rare heron spotted on Tiengemeten island
Because the cattle egret tends to migrate to warmer South-European countries, it has not been spotted often in the Netherlands. Also, the birds often alight in meadows to catch a ride on the back of cows, sheep or horses. Perhaps the Scottish highland cattle drew the cattle egret’s attention?
Or was this male cattle egret searching for a female? Brugmans thinks so. Even though southern bird species do not usually breed in the Netherlands, a red-necked grebe has also been spotted. Such surprises inject extra fun into a time-consuming bird count! In September, a total of 6,025 birds were counted, representing 63 species.
You can only reach Tiengemeten island by ferry from Zuid-Beijerland. After a boat ride of some 30 minutes, you will reach the island with its large natural diversity. It is a perfect spot to seek out peace and quiet, not far from the bustling city of Rotterdam.