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Day tour Oostvaardersplassen,

Full day of quality birding in one of the prime birding areas of europe, marsh- and wetland nature reserve Oostvaardersplassen.
 The route and time of departure depends on recent sigthings, weather, and time of year.  The day tour will be around the Oostvaardersplassen with many stops along the way. 

Practical information
Duration: ca. 8 hours, depends on season,weather and sightnings

Depart and return time: usually around 8:00 until 16:00, but variable(personal wishes, season, sightnings and weather)

Where we meet: When travelling with your own (rental) car, we will meet at a convienient place near the highway between Amsterdam and Almere. When coming with public transport we will meet at a convenient train station close to the nature reserve.
We will provide you with detailed travel information. We will pick you up at a meeting point and will provide transfers to the birding area and transportation with our own car the whole birding tour.

1-4 persons: Ђ 250
5 persons and more: ask for our rates 

Private tours: All our birding tours are private tours. The day schedule can be customized to your wishes. Occasionally it is possible that more parties have booked a tour at the same date. In that case we try to combine these birding tours and give you discount of 25%.

Lunch: Since there is no facility to buy a lunch in the nature reserve we offer a optional lunch of bread and soup for 7,50 euro per person.

What is included: coffee, tea, drinks, snacks as much as you like, a handy checklist of the birds of the Oostvaardersplassen, the use of a high end spottingscope, transfers from the nearby train station.

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Itinerary for a typical daytour in may:
Just to give you an idea of a typical birding day tour in the Oostvaardersplassen. After we have met each other at the nearby train station, we drive in less than 10 minutes to our first stop to the southtside of the Oostvaardersplassen.  Most of the times we are the first birders to arrive at this spot. A walk of normally 15 minutes to the lookout will last often longer because during this little hike we can discover Marsh, Reed, Garden and Willow Warbler. Other song birds here are Great and blue tit. In the morning Song Trushes are feeding on the snails. Another regular bird here is the great spotted woodpecker. After this little walk we arrive at a look out to find patrolling Marsh Harriers.

We scan the area to find Eurasian Spoonbill, Greylag, Common Shelduck, Pochard, Tufted Duck, and off course the famous White Tailed Eagles of the Oostvaardersplassen. In the reed in front of us we keep an eye open for Reed Bunting and Sedge Warbler.
Our second stop will be a look out in the east of the reserve. Here we get a excellent view of the Konik Horses, Red Deer and Heck Cattle. This also an excellent spot for Stock Pigeon, Little Grebe, Common buzzard and Great Egret.
The ride to the third spot is just minutes away. It is also on the southside of the Reserve. This is the best spot to enjoy thousands of Barnacle Geese. Most of the times a Red Fox will show up here.
After a cup of coffee and real Dutch "Stroopwafel" we go for a little hike to a bird shelter. This is good hike to discover the Blackcap and Chiffchaff. In the shelter itself we get up close views of Reed Bunting and Little Grebe.

Lunch time ! We will serve a simple but tasteful lunch in a nice setting. When it is good and warm weather we eat outside with Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch not far away. If it is to cold or windy we will lunch in a bird shelter. Imagine views of Avocet, Spoonbill and Northern Shovelers while you are eating some bread with Dutch Cheese!
Than it is time to search for one of the most beautiful European Birds, the Bluethroat. April and May are the best months to spot this jewel. At some days we will see 4 or more singing males. The trail on the south-east end of the park is on of the best places in Europe to find the bird. This trail offers also views of Wren, Long Tailed Tit, and Willow Tit.

Next we will head to the north side of the Nature Reserve to add some shorebirds to our list. Greater and Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Black-Capped Gull, Common Gull and Common Tern are resting on the dike.
When you still have energy we head for the most western side of the Oostvaardersplassen. This place is called the Lepelaarsplassen.

It is a 30 minutes hike to a bird shelter that is right in the middle of a cormorant colony. We find here all kind of ducks. We stay here a little bit longer because the Kingfisher will show up here regulary. The trail to the birdshelter is a one of the best places for Linnets.
This story gives you an idea of a birdwatching day with FlevoBirdwatching.

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