Thursday (17 January 2019), I spent a day counting waterbirds in the
port of Rotterdam. The area is known as Europoort and is one of the
busiest ports. Being dominated by industry (petrochemical, iron and coal) and
container terminals, it is not a place associated with
large numbers of waterbirds. Nevertheless, colleagues of mine come here almost every month to do a survey.
But it was only the first time that I visited Europoort for a waterbird survey. The weather was not great, with a
cold north-west wind and the occasional shower, but most of the time
the visibility was
good. By the end of the day I had seen over 6000 waterbirds of
29 different species. Most common were European Herring Gull, Eurasian
Wigeon, Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Black-headed Gull. On my last
stop of the day, I even
added a new species to my self-found list!