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These picture has been taken during a bike trip through the lovely are of the small creek area, in Dutch "Krekengebied"
Monday 2012 03.19 a very lovely morning a little bit misty atmosphere, also one degree frost at the ground.
I have truly enjoyed of these early hours in the morning.
Also a wonderful area for photographers for songbirds and water birds.

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History of the Creek area;
Nowhere in the Meetjesland the influence of the sea is so palpable as in the creek area. From the 12th century, the sea penetrated in here regularly. It was always new and fertile marine clay layers were deposited and scoured gullies in the landscape. Proof of this can still see the numerous creeks that are usually filled with saline (salt) water. Today it is mainly an agricultural area creeks. However, there are still many valuable pieces of nature. In the reed beds around the creeks as breeding birds typical warbler, birds such as marsh harrier. Many of the grasslands are salty and contain a fauna typical of salt-tolerant species such as glasswort, salt grass, salt marsh, brackish and salty. Birds that breed in wet grasslands that include black-tailed godwit, redshank, avocet and yellow mercury. The limestone dikes inns special species such as marjoram, thunder herb, fine Cranes bill, Agrimony and cat thorn.
There overwinter thousands of white-fronted geese and greylag geese in the polder, and hundreds of small swans and reed geese. Peregrine, hen harrier and Merlin are typical wintering raptors. The largest reserve in the Meetjeslands Creek area is the Leopold Canal. The canal is not only important as (ecological) connection between the Asseneedse creeks and the creeks of St. Laureins. It is both the main artery for drainage within the area. The verges of the Leopold Canal are managed by a shepherd

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