Erlecomse Waard - Kaliwaal

Gelderland  >  Netherlands

The Erlecomse Waard is a floodplan of the river Waal in de Gelderse Poort. From the dike you have an outstanding view on the reserve with a lot of waterbirds.

Added by Twan Teunissen


The Erlecomse Waard is a floodplan that gets reguraly flooded by the river. Different habitats like thickets with nettle and thistle, open grasslands, small patches of riverine forest, river dunes, and mud flats make this a very bird rich area. De kaliwaal, a lake, atracts many birds.

In the most western part of the Erlecomse Waard is a small lake with muddy shores most of the year. Many gulls can be seen between the river and the small lake, like Black-headed GullHerring GullCommon GullLesser Black-backed GullGreat Black-backed Gull and Mediterranean GullYellow-legged Gull and Caspian Gull are regular visitors. In this part also many geese can be seen when they're not feeding on the inland agricultural land. Tundra Bean-Goose and Greater White-fronted Goose are the most common ones in winter.  Greylag Goose can be seen the whole year.\

When you continue east you'll see year round grazed meadows and thickets that flower abundantly in summer. Marsh WarblerGreater WhitethroatGrasshopper Warbler and Meadow Pipit are very common here.

At the lookout point you have an overview on the Kaliwaal, the lake and the Millingerwaard reserve in de distance. Often White-tailed Eagle uses the trees at the backside of the lake to rest. During migration Osprey hunt here. This is also the time to scan the shores for waders.Black Tern that breeds in the vinicity come here a lot to hunt. 

During winter many ducks can be seen on the lake, like SmewGoosanderNorthern PintailEurasian Wigeon.

A real atraction are the big groups of Eurasian Spoonbill that can be seen in spring, and especially in late summer and autumn.  



The reserve is strictly protected and is not accesible. From the dike bordering the reserve you have a perfect overview.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland, River, Lake



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter, Spring, Spring migration, Autumn migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle, Car, Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Birdingplaces Near

Just east of the reserve is the Millingerwaard, a mustsee if you're here.

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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