This video is from Sweden, about white-tailed eagles (and a raven) in winter.
Translated from Staatsbosbeheer in the Netherlands:
Two sea eagles born in Biesbosch nature reserve
Published on Monday, April 22, 2013
Bird watchers have discovered two white downy eaglets in the white-tailed eagle nest in the Biesbosch.
Ranger Thomas van der Es: “We knew that there was a young bird when we peered through a telescope at the nest. Last week we saw the distinctive feeding behavior of the female. She bended over with tiny pieces of meat in her huge bill. We did not see the two chicks then yet.”
In 2012, the presence of an eaglet was confirmed in mid-May. So, this year the couple is almost a month earlier. The female was already brooding in February. They braved snow and a nasty east wind. The two youngsters will stay at the nest for about five, six more weeks before they will fledge.
This video is about beavers in Limburg province in the Netherlands.
Here is the Internet site of a webcam at a beaver lodge in the Biesbosch nature reserve in the Netherlands.
The webcam will start to work in a few days’ time.
This video says about itself:
Part of a flock of an estimated 30,000 Barnacle Geese flies over our heads in February 2010.
Filmed in the Netherlands on a weekend tour with Birding Holland.
Translated from the Dutch SOVON ornithologists:
In the first two weekends of December, a total of more than 100,000 geese were counted in the four areas. Leader was the Biesbosch with 41,000 geese, followed by 37,000 geese in the Oostvaardersplassen. The most common species in the two areas was the white-fronted goose, followed by the gray lag goose and barnacle goose. Also in the Wieden the white-fronted goose was most common, with more than 17,000 individuals. In Fochteloërveen the tundra bean goose, with over 3,700 birds, was the top scorer.
Surprising were the Oostvaardersplassen white-fronted geese: they left in considerable groups across the IJsselmeer to North-Holland. Another beautiful phenomenon was the gathering of Bewick’s swans in the Biesbosch with on January 19, more than 1,500 birds. It is estimated that this means about ten percent of the total western flyway of this species. In both areas during the count sea eagles were seen, which caused panic among the geese. The two cranes seen in the Fochteloërveen, presumably local breeding birds, were special as well.
This is a Bewick’s swan video from England.
This weekend, birds are not only counted in gardens in the Netherlands.
Yesterday morning, people counted water birds in the Biesbosch nature reserve in the southern Netherlands.
Their Twitter message says they saw nearly 26,000 geese, over 1500 Bewick’s swans and four whooper swans.
The Dutch botanists of FLORON report a grass species, new for the Netherlands, from the Biesbosch nature reserve.
It is Gaudinia fragilis. This originally south European species does not have a Dutch name yet. A name in English for it is French oat grass.
Before 1960, this plant had already been seen in the Netherlands a few times, but it did not establish itself then yet. Now, it has clearly become established.
Translated from Staatsbosbeheer in the Netherlands:
Saturday, August 25, 2012
During survey work foresters of the Forestry Department in National Park De Biesbosch have discovered the very rare Northern bedstraw (Galium boreale). In total there are about 50 to 100 plants. Northern bedstraw since 1997 has been no longer observed in the Netherlands. So far as we know the location in the Hengstpolder is the plant’s only habitat in our country.
This is a video of a juvenile sea eagle (and hooded crows) eating carrion in winter.
Three sea eagles, it is reported, are staying this summer in the Biesbosch nature reserve in the Netherlands.
One of the birds is a juvenile female, which fledged in 2008 from the white-tailed eagle nest in the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve.
That these birds stay in the Biesbosch in summer may be a hopeful sign that this rare species may start nesting there. Of the three eagles, two are visibly “in love” with each other.
This video is abouit a Cetti’s warbler in Lac de Grand-Lieu in France.
From Staatsbosbeheer in the Netherlands:
The rare Cetti’s warbler (Cettia cetti) is continuing its forward march into the Biesbosch nature reserve. In this Natura 2000 area and national park, this year almost 250 nesting territories have been found. In 2006, for the the first time after many years, a breeding couple had been observed. Before that, the Cetti’s warbler appeared only rarely. Only in 1978 about 25 breeding pairs were counted, but after the severe winter of 1978-1979 they were almost all gone.
The State Forest Service is pleased with the large presence of this little bird. They estimate that this year more than 60% of the national Cetti’s warbler population will nest in the Biesbosch. That shows the importance of this Natura 2000 area for the bird. Also for species such as bluethroat, marsh harrier and kingfisher, Biesbosch is an important area.
Last year, there were about 150 breeding Cetti’s warbler couples in the Biesbosch.
Cetti warbler sound: here.