Wildlife film, Afsluitdijk, the Netherlands


This video is a documentary film about wildlife near the Afsluitdijk in the Netherlands.

This week, the Dutch government to make fish migration there easier.

This 21 November 2014 video is about the Afsluitdijk fish migration.

Bird news from England


This video from Britain is called Separating Short-eared and Long-eared Owls.

A report on Twitter from Flamborough in England says that today, they saw a short-eared owl; 27 whooper swans flying south; and two snow buntings.

Rupert Murdoch quarrels with Australian Prime Minister Abbott


This video is called Berlusconi and Murdoch: Two Fascist Peas in the Pod?

Once upon a time, Rupert Murdoch and Italian fellow media mogul and politician Silvio Berlusconi were close friends. However, then a quarrel broke out about money in Italy.

This video fr0om the USA is called Rupert Murdoch Pressured Tony Blair Over Iraq. It says about itself:

18 June 2012

Rupert Murdoch joined in an “over-crude” attempt by US Republicans to force Tony Blair to accelerate British involvement in the Iraq war a week before a crucial House of Commons vote in 2003, according to the final volumes of Alastair Campbell’s government diaries. In another blow to the media mogul, who told the Leveson inquiry that he had never tried to influence any prime minister, Campbell’s diary says Murdoch warned Blair in a phone call of the dangers of a delay in Iraq.”

Once upon a time, Rupert Murdoch and British politician Tony Blair were close friends. Tony Blair became godfather to a Rupert Murdoch child. However, like in the film The Godfather, a conflict broke about; between Blair and Murdoch about Murdoch’s ex-wife.

Once upon a time, Rupert Murdoch and Australian politician Tony Abbott were close friends. However …

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Rupert Murdoch turns on golden boy Tony Abbott over Australian PM’s failure to show ‘courage and leadership’

Talk of climate change and a series of gaffes has left the premier vulnerable

Oliver Poole

Sunday 23 November 2014

Fourteen months ago, Rupert Murdoch‘s papers championed Tony Abbott as he headed for election victory to become Australia’s prime minister. Yesterday, that mutual admiration came to an abrupt end as the media baron’s most influential newspaper labelled him “languishing”, “looking flaky” and not “hard enough”.

An editorial in The Australian upbraided Mr Abbott for lacking an “authoritative voice” and failing to show “courage and leadership”. It said: “Mr Abbott must regroup, trust himself and speak with purpose. Right now his insipid default setting is losing the people.”

During the 2013 election campaign, the Murdoch press in Australia was accused of bias by Kevin Rudd, leader of the incumbent Labor Party. An analysis of coverage in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph by ABC’s Media Watch claimed that, in the first week of the election campaign, half of the paper’s 80 stories were slanted against the government, with none against the conservative opposition. Over the next two weeks, it said, 59 stories were against the government, while only four were slanted against the opposition. Just three stories were said to have been in favour of the government.

Australian broadcaster and journalist Mark Colvin described The Australian‘s attack as a “remarkable turnaround”.

“The portents for Mr Abbott as he approaches his second Christmas as prime minister look a lot less promising,” he said. “And when, in the same editorial, it asks, ‘Is Mr Abbott hard enough?’, The Australian has inevitably kindled speculation that Murdoch‘s editors may have a successor in mind,” Mr Colvin added. With two years until the next election, however, any major challenge to Mr Abbott’s leadership would be a surprise.

Before Mr Abbott entered politics, he worked as a journalist for The Australian and, to mark the paper’s 50th anniversary in July, he described it as Rupert Murdoch‘s “gift to our nation”. Mr Murdoch had previously hailed Mr Abbott as an “admirable, honest, principled man”.

The editorial came after the Australian prime minister said that climate change was an “important subject”, following talks with the French president François Hollande, last week. He had previously stated that, in his opinion, climate change was “absolute crap”.

Mr Abbott had faced pressure to place climate change on the agenda of the recent G20 meetings of world leaders in Brisbane.

Last week, Mr Abbott made the mistake of referring to China as Tasmania during a dinner with President Xi Jinping as he summed up the details of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. It was one of a number of gaffes during his tenure. In May, he was caught winking at a radio host in the middle of an interview when a phone-sex worker called into the programme. The incident was broadcast live by ABC.

Deep-sea anglerfish filmed


This video from the USA says about itself:

21 November 2014

Deep-sea anglerfish are strange and elusive creatures that are very rarely observed in their natural habitat. Fewer than half a dozen have ever been captured on film or video by deep diving research vehicles. This little angler, about 9 cm long, is named Melanocetus.

It is also known as the Black Seadevil and it lives in the deep dark waters of the Monterey Canyon. MBARI‘s ROV Doc Ricketts observed this anglerfish for the first time at 600 m on a midwater research expedition in November 2014. We believe that this is the first video footage ever made of this species alive and at depth.

Dutch crane flies having a good year


This video says about itself:

Large Crane Flies Mating

20 January 2014

The Crane Fly has a number of different nicknames around the world including mosquito eater and gallinipper. There are over 4,000 different species of crane fly in the world that have been identified at this time, making them the largest family within their genus. The winged adult crane flies usually do not eat, and spend their brief time mating and laying eggs.

Dutch entomologists report (translated):

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Because of the very favourable weather conditions this year leatherjackets, the larvae of crane flies, are already strikingly large and come with hundreds of specimens per square meter in grasslands. 2014 is the fifth year in a row with many crane fly larvae. Various birds will benefit in the coming time.

At present, especially the leatherjackets of the European crane fly (Tipula paludosa) and Tipula oleracea can be found easily.

Rare cattle egret in the Netherlands


This 22 November 2014 video is about a cattle egret in the Oelermars nature reserve in Overijssel province in the Netherlands.

Cattle egrets are rare in the Netherlands. Only three birds have ever been seen in the Twente region; 2002 had been the last time.

Blue ‘black’ squat lobster discovery


This video is about diving in the Oosterschelde estuary in the Netherlands. Animals seen include a normally coloured black squat lobster.

Dutch marine biologists of Stichting ANEMOON report on Sunday 23 November 2014:

Recreational divers have found in 2013 and 2014 two bright blue coloured black squat lobsters in the Oosterschelde. The normal colour of these crustaceans is orange to dark red. Only one in two million animals have this rare blue colour deviation. The fact that two have been detected in our coastal waters shows that the population of squat lobsters is locally very high.

See also here.

Blue black squat lobster, 18 August 2013 (photo: Arne Kuilman)