• Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2011-4

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    In Het Gooi some of the finest houses of the country are situated, like this famous one called Trompenburg.

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2008-4

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    This picture points out the problem here. The freeways A1 (Amsterdam-Amersfoort) and A27 (Utrecht-Almere) cut the landscape to pieces. Thereby isolating populations.

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2008-2

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    And the second issue: very intensive recreation, such as here on the first sunny Sunday in February.

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2011-3

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    Nevertheless there are still some species out here. Like this common newt (Lissotriton vulgaris). It is still abundant around ponds and ditches. They are highly adaptable.

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2008

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    And the grassfrog (Rana temporaria) is doing well too. This male is basking on the eggballs in Bart's garden pond.

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    A rarity is the warty newt (Triturus cristatus). It was close to extinction in this area, but nowadays it is going somewhat better, especially since many new reproduction pools were created over the last decade.

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2010-5

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    Can you see the tiny holes on top of some warts behind the eye? These are openings of the glands that secrete the skin-toxin.

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2010-2

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    Traffic still causes many victims each early spring... Fortunately Bart could save this couple.

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2010-2-2

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    Alas, there was no rescue for these two poor creatures...

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  • © Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2010-3-2

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    Neither for this little lady. Her eggs are tragically spoilt on the road surface if it was caviar.

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2010-3

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    But many do make it to the water. The amphibian migration is always the first photographical highlight of the year. No matter how wet or how late it gets...

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2010

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    It feels so good picturing these animals. Nearly no one notices them, because everybody is asleep at this time.

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2010-13

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    In April mosquitoes discover that the mating frogs are an easy target for getting fresh blood.

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  • Kp-Netherlands-Bart-Siebelink2009

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    Couple of grassfrogs at night. I (Bart) wanted to portray them as if they were painted by Rembrandt (want to see if I succeeded? Look for the full comparison on Barts profile page unter the button Team).

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  • © Bart Siebelink2011-4

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    the Gooise matras

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  • Amfibieëntrek ©Bart Siebelink

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    Common newt on a wet road.

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  • Watersalamander goud ©Bart Siebelink

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    Change of light. This golden glitter and glamour light matches het Gooi better than the cool led light of the former slide. In the end it all comes down to taste.

    Watersalamander goud ©Bart Siebelink
  • Natuurbrug

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    The nature bridge, just after it had been opened by our queen Beatrix in may 2006.

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  • Achtertuin 3 ©Bart Siebelink

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    A view from the slope of this nature bridge on a summer evening. The light on the horizon is a railway supply company that used to be an ecological barrier but that is also solved by this bridge.

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    Today this ecoduct and surroundings is one of the best places in the Netherlands to spot roe deer from nearby.

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2007-2

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    Also on a small scale level measures are taken to enable small animals to get across the roads safely. Here they can pass under the cover of a series of tree trunks.

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2011

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    The heathlands are grazed by Scottish Highlanders, preventing the heatherfield from becoming too grassy.

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  • Hooglander Bart Siebelink

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    Same subject, but now even looking like a tundra landscape.

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  • Bart Siebelink-KP-Netherlands2008-3

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    Many people appreciate to have a forest just around the corner.

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  • © Bart Siebelink2011-2

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    The viviparous lizard still inhabits very small patches of heather that are surrounded by forest. They only occur where the grazing is not too intensively.

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  • Achtertuin ©Bart Siebelink

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    Some wet areas were developed in the dry parts of this region. This is not only profitable to amphibians, but also to many plant and insects like dragonflies and damselflies.

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  • © Bart Siebelink calamita rugstreeppad 2011

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    And in the end it will be in favour of the natterjack toad, witch is not common in het Gooi.

    © Bart Siebelink calamita rugstreeppad 2011
  • Kikker © Bart Siebelink

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    and he watches for more females yet to come

    Kikker © Bart Siebelink