24 April 2011 - Meadows near Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands
Black-tailed Godwit / Grutto (Limosa limosa),
subspecies: European Black-tailed Godwit / Grutto ( Limosa limosa limosa.
In spring around 90% of European Black-tailed Godwits in North-western Europa are nesting in The Netherlands. In the 1990's there was a decline of 50% in the Black-tailed Godwit populations. Luckily some meadows are now protected areas in the brooding season. IUCN's Red List for endangered species now lists this species as Near Threatened.
Read the blog about this bird: http://wildlifespotting.blogspot.com/2011/04/black-tailed-godwit-in-netherlands.html