We are enjoying a rare day out as a family, the occasion is my birthday and since I’m not mobile and many places and events that require walking are out of the question, I’ve chosen a restful boat tour of a local lake “De Kaag” in a hired sloop.
De Kaag is located slightly north of the Dutch city of Leiden and is a roughly forty minute car ride from our door in The Hague. We are sharing the waterways not just with other human beings but also with the local bird life.
Whilst we motor around we see various “patches” on the water, which, once we get closer turned out to be flocks of birds, sitting on the water together.
Other times we saw a lone bird, possibly cormorants, often high up on a pole or outpost with wings outstretched, drying themselves out in the sunshine.
I’m not sure if that means they have just been in the water fishing, but it’s quite comical because I half expect them to start clapping their wings together in applause.
Then were were the local ducks, which found us remarkably swiftly as soon as we moored by the bank and unpacked our picnic lunch.Needless to say the longing and expectant looks from six pairs of eyes that bobbed up and down on the water, watching us eat, ended up in the “correct result” from their point of view which meant chunks of bread rolls finding their way onto the water where it was instantly fought over by our webbed friends.
I’m not too sure that brown bread is ideal duck food but the kids were begging to feed them and the ducks certainly didn’t object to their lunch menu. It was harder to get anywhere close to the floating communities of birds, they clearly preferred to be left alone so we just used the zoom lens rather than pester them by going in too close.