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Black-, grey-, & white sun - the birds

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In and around the Wadden Sea the birds assemble before their onward journey to their breeding grounds up north in the spring and south to wintering grounds in autumn. As a landing place the Wadden Sea has international importance for many species of ducks, geese and waders. It is estimated that somewhere between 10 and 12 million birds each year lands in the Wadden Sea.

Black Sun must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Here there is ample opportunity to capture up to half a miillion starlings on one single photo. The starlings gather in the area because of the wet meadows in the marsh – here they find their favorite food, the insect larvae. The famous “starling ballet” takes place when the starlings are going to sleep in the reeds for the night and are trying to avoid and confuse any potential predators.

At Lakolk lake you can hear the pipedrummer and at the Stormmeadows and the foothills of the dam, there is always the opportunity to observe shorebirds. In the plantation of Roemoe the night raven breeds. Here you can also experience the "Hedehøgen", "Skægmejse", "Græshoppesanger", "Skovhornuglen" and "Rødrygget tornskade". At "Kommandørgårdens" own land you can see the "Mosehornuglen" (an owl) - only approx. 20 pairs are left in Denmark. In the marsh you can hear the Nightingale in the spring/early summer. There is arranged Nightingale-tours very early in the morning.

If you are really lucky you can meet the "Kobbersneppen", which is an arctic wader, who flies all the way from Africa to the arctics– it makes a pit-stop in the Wadden Sea to gather food to the journey to the Arctics, where it breeds. You might ask why breed in the tundra in the Arctics? Because it breeds on the ground and there are less predators in the Arctics.

The Greylag goose: The danish, Swedish and Norwegian greylag geese comes to the Wadden Sea to eat. In mild winters they become big and strong, while others  prefer to migrate to Spain. The Greylag geese are also the first to come back to Denmark in the first months of the year.

The Bram goose: The Bram goose flies directly from Russia to the Wadden Sea. It breeds in Arctic regions of Russia and fly non-stop 2000 km. to the Wadden Sea. The geese are incredibly faithful to each other; The couples stay togehter for life and they return to the same sites in the Wadden Sea. 15th. - 20. May the goose is gone again - back to the Arctic areas. During the time they spend in the Wadden Sea they double their weight.