15 September 2009

The Biesbosch

Filed under: Apple iPhone 3G S, Biesbosch, landscape, The Netherlands — Howard @ 12:00 am

The Biesbosch is a national park in The Netherlands. Just south of the Rotterdam/Dordrecht conurbation, the Biesbosch preserves a shallow, tidal habitat, good for ducks, geese, swans, and other waterfowl.

There is easy access from the Dutch motorway network at Werkendam, and 10-km drive through the Brabant countryside takes you to the entrance of the museum. One attraction is a shallow-draught long boat, powered by electricity, called ‘Whisper’.

Whisper takes you on a tour of the nearby waters, gliding up narrow creeks and crossing more substantial waterways. Not exactly spectacular, but always interesting, the boat takes you past birds, uprooted trees, and lush vegetation.

On this trip we observed a White heron stabbing the water and catching a fish, a family of 7 or 8 swans, and numerous moorhens.

If you’re fluent Dutch you can test yourself against the running commentary of the Whisper’s captain. An accent so broad and rural that even native Dutchmen strain to follow the home-spun tales and stories about the locality.


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