Siberian Rubythroat – a dream came through

 

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

Yesterday my family and I had a 12 hour transfer in Amsterdam as we where heading to Tanzania, Africa.

First the thought seemed like a far-fetched dream – would the Sibe Ruby stay put for more than a month? Could it be twitched during the transfer period? What would Julianna and the kids say?

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

 

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

As time approached more and more answers could be answered with a “yes”. The bird kept being reported and even seen at very close range. And when the dutch knight Steven Wytema even offered to take me to the bird there was no way back.

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

We rented a car in Amsterdam and met with Steven – who asked the question: “Are all of you gonna go for the Ruby?” “Yes” I replied. And then Julianna, the 3 kids, Steven and I headed for Hogwards – or was it Hogwoud? Steven said that the bird was normally seen on one of two sites. So it shouldn’t be hard to find. When we arrived Steven spotted a waving dutch birder. “It’s there” Steven said.

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

So we walked towards the waving guy and when approaching I noticed a brow job moving quickly in the vegetation. I searched frantically while hearing the dutch guy saying: “Yes, it’s it”.

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

I hoped to see the bird of course, but I didn’t know if I should expect a skulky and elusive bird just giving brief views for short periods or… well, the pics say it all.

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

Well, the bird was perfect. When foraging inside the shrubbery it was very hard to detect. And if it wanted to stay unseen it could easily do so. But the dutch bird has become familiar with people and the meal worms given to it has certainly helped.

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

So from time to time it gave amazing views within just a few meters fully exposed. And it frequently sang for long periods – a rather unobtrusive yet pleasing song.

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat really is a diamond. Discreet yet amazing. Absolutely a bird worthy of being a dream bird. The whole family saw the bird and even our 2 year old reacted to it – and the girls found it very beautiful. I guess it is a good legacy to pass on to be able to tell you son: “Hey, I showed you a sibe ruby when you were two”!

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

We enjoyed the bird for about an hour before going first to a butterfly garden that also contained some tropical birds. Then we headed towards the coast were we did some sporadic birding – the best birds being Sandwich Tern and Spoonbill.

Spoonbill

Spoonbill

Thanks to Steven for an unforgettable day in the Nederlands.

Steven in the butterfly garden

Steven in the butterfly garden

 

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Rubythroat

Silas

 

 

 

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3 comments on “Siberian Rubythroat – a dream came through

  1. Kristoffer Lager says:

    Cool. I was on a business trip to the Netherlands exactly a month ago and stole some hours to visit the bird. Truly amazing. This was one of the first days with the bird singing and at that time it was lurking in the shrubbery most of the time. But still amazing views on the ground.

    safe trip in Tanzania.

    Best regards
    Kristoffer from Sweden

  2. Kristoffer Lager says:

    Hi Silas,

    There will be a artical about me in a local Bird magazine in Sweden. My trip to the rubythrout is mentioned. But I’m not a photographer. So I wonder if yould like to lend out some of your pictures of the bird?
    BR Kristoffer

  3. Great. I was fortunate to spot this beauty last year in Bharatpur Bird sanctuary, India. What took me by surprise was that this small bird could travel all the way from Siberia to India !

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