After taking up bird watching in 2008, I quickly became interested in observing gulls. So much so, that gulls have become a passion and gull watching is now my primary hobby. During the breeding season I regularly assist with gull research projects such as in the colonies of Texel (Herring Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls), IJmuiden (Herring Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls), Zoetermeer (Black-headed Gulls) and Zaandam (Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Common Gulls).
I also like photography and programming databases (see the Marked Birds Database that I have created), hobbies that I can combine well with bird watching and reading ringed/banded gulls.
Gull watching is also a great way to meet nice people and travel to fascinating locations (although for gulls that mostly results in visiting waste dumps, landfills, harbours and industrial sites 🙂 ).
I use this blog to share my photos and observations of the gulls that I observe and to share my database that I have created for keeping track of observations of ringed/banded gulls.
Maarten van Kleinwee
Research Gate profile
Facebook (personal page)
Marked Birds Database on Facebook
Gulls to the Horizon on Facebook
Email: gulls [at] vankleinwee.com
More of my gull photos are on Flickr (not updated anymore).
Me gull watching in Morocco, January 2017.
Me reading ringed gulls at Blaringhem landfill, France, 24 – 28 October 2016.
Me taking photographs of primary patterns and primary moult of adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls in a gull colony at Zaandam, the Netherlands. 28 May 2015.