Ringkøbing Fjord with the large beach meadows to the north, east, and south of the fjord is a haven for both migrating and breeding waterfowls; here they have plenty of room and the necessary peace and quiet that is required in the breeding season.
The coastal meadows and wetlands in the Hvide Sande area are particularly important for the thousands of waterfowls who use the area as resting, breeding, and feeding grounds. For example, you can find duck species such as teal, wigeon, mallard, and goldeneye. In terms of geese, the dominant species are the Pink-footed Goose, the Greylag Goose, the Brentgoose, and the Barnacle Goose.
In the shallow-watered areas here you will find dunlins, black-tailed and bar-tailed godwits, lapwings, and golden plovers.
Tipperne is also one of Denmark's most important breeding grounds for waterfowls; more than a thousand pairs of birds breed here. Some of the species of birds that breed here are on the Danish list of endagered or vulnerable species of birds.
Waterfowls have excellent conditions in the meadows and wetlands surrounding Ringkøbing Fjord but it is worth noticing other birds as well. For example, birds of prey like the Western marsh harrier, the common buzzard, the hen harrier, the kestrel, and the short-eared owl. At all times of the year, you could also be lucky and see rare birds of prey like ospreys, white-tailed eagles, and peregrine falcons.
Rare or Protected Birds:
Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Ruffs (Philomachus pugnax)
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)
Garganey (Anas querquedula)
Spottet Crake (Porzana porzana)
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)