While in the Biesbosch, Hans wanted to make a side-tour to Zeeland, a province in the south of Holland which mainly consists of Islands. To get there we had to pass the Krammer Lock in the Philips Dam (part of the famous Deltaworks). These locks have an ingenious system which can separate fresh and salt water. In between the two sluices there's room for yet another sluice, but as long that that's not necessary, they have created a gorgeous wetland project with 6 little swamps; a true treasure trove for all kind of birds and other animals. (I do hope that 3rd sluice will never be necessary!)
We had moored the Tembo for the night just before the sluices and I took a stroll through this wetland area. Birds were everywhere. I had noticed a Great Spotted Woodpecker flying off and on and figured that it had to have a nest somewhere in the neighborhood. Sat down and followed her movements. It seemed that she constantly returned to this one small cluster of trees.
The next morning I returned and carefully made my way there. As I didn’t have the blind with me I had to find a way to approach the trees without disturbing the Woodpeckers. So I half sneaked, half crawled, moving tripod and camera for 3 feet at a time, with my green raincoat over my head towards the trees everytime the woodpeckers went off to find food. Lucky enough it was still very early so I don’t think anyone has seen this not very elegant action. But sure enough; soon I spotted where the Woodpeckers went to every time. There was a nest! Positioned the camera and formed the green raincoat as a sort of tent over my head and camera. The woodpeckers have never even noticed me!