First ever spoonbill fledged on Griend island


This is a spoonbill video.

According to the Ecomare site in the Netherlands, for the first time ever this year, three spoonbill couples have nested on Griend island.

Unfortunately, floods destroyed two nests.

In the third nest, a female chick survived. It was ringed, so its future movements may be studied.

Griend video: here.

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Rare bats in Overijssel, the Netherlands


According to Dutch bat researchers, two rare bat species were discovered recently in Overijssel province.

A lesser noctule bat (Nyctalus leisleri) was caught at Weldam estate near Goor. Last year, the species had been found near Enschede. The Goor discovery is the second ever in Overijssel.

Also, recently, a Brandt’s bat colony was found near Haaksbergen. The first colony ever in the province (isolated individuals had been found before this).

This is a video about a Brandt’s bat coming out to fly.

Discovery Animals: U.S. Bats Flying Toward Extinction: here.

May 2011: The little known Leisler’s Bat – also known as the hairy-armed bat – is described as locally rare in England and is second in size only to the noctule bat with a wingspan of up to 33cm: here.

British anti-refugee policy is illegal


This video is called Deported Iraqi refugees sent back to UK – 16 Oct 09.

Britain: Deportation fast-track system for asylum seekers is illegal, court rules. Medical Justice, a group that helps detainees, wins case against government over removal of people with little or no notice: here.

Systemic failings in the appeals and detention system for asylum in Britain are letting down thousands of refugees, charities have stated in response to a new government report on the sector: here.

From British daily News Line:

Thursday, 14 April 2011

‘Detaining children is not a necessary evil’

THE announcement by the Coalition Government back in May 2010 that it would be ending the detention of children for immigration purposes was widely welcomed.

Finally the wealth of accumulated evidence on the gap between policy and practice in decisions to detain, and on the negative impacts of detention on children’s mental and physical well-being was being taken into account. Or so it seemed.

The introduction of ‘a radical new process’ by the Home Office for removing families with children who have no right to remain in the UK raises significant concerns about whether the Government has delivered on its commitment to end the detention of children.

Secret Afghan war documents revealed


This video says about itself:

Whistle-blowing website releases video of U.S. Army Pilots begging to kill people on the ground in Eastern Afghanistan in 2007. 12 are killed in the attack, including two employees for Reuters. It’s the first time a video like this has been released to the public. Why, then, was Tiger Woods the top story on most mainstream media outlets?

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Afghanistan war logs: Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation

• Hundreds of civilians killed by coalition troops
Covert unit hunts leaders for ‘kill or capture’
• Steep rise in Taliban bomb attacks on Nato
• Read the Guardian‘s full war logs investigation

The Wikileaks site, the source of these revelations, cannot be reached at the moment. I hope that is because of overload, not because of Pentagon or other dirty tricks.

VIDEO: Julian Assange explains why Wikileaks published US secret documents revealing truth about Afghanistan: here.

Streaming now: Dem Now coverage of Afghan Wikileaks documents w/ Daniel Ellsberg, Matthew Hoh and others: here.

Exclusive: Massive War Leak Wasn’t Done Alone, Whistleblower Says: here.

The rate of US and allied casualties has soared to the highest level of the nearly nine-year war and is beginning to match the bloodiest stages of the occupation of Iraq: here.