Velvet Scoters (Melanitta fusca), both 1st winters.
In Veenendaal, about 10km from Wageningen a first winter male Velvet Scoter has been present for a few weeks now. Yesterday I decided it was time to give it a visit since it was great weather. It is present in a creek just in the urbanised area, swimming in between the Coots and Mallards, a weird experience! There are lots of Red Swamp Crayfish in the creek, so enough reason for the bird to reside at such an odd location for a seabird.
Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca), first winter male
On my way back I came across a group of 48 Bewick's Swans, a nice addition to the list.
Bewick's Swans (Cygnus bewickii). The group existed out of 33 adult and 15 immature birds.