Second white-tailed eagle nest in Biesbosch national park


This video is about a young sea eagle in winter in Sweden.

Dutch Vroege Vogels radio reports today that a sea eagle nest has been discovered in Biesbosch national park.

This nest is in the part of the park in Zuid-Holland province. The other part of the park is in Noord-Brabant province.

After an absence of centuries for this species, white-tailed eagles started nesting again in the Netherlands in 2006, first in Oostvaardersplassen national park. Ever since 2012, this raptor species has nested in the Noord-Brabant part of the Biesbosch.

The new discovery is the first white-tailed eagle nest in Zuid-Holland province, It is also the first time ever for two eagle nests in the same nature reserve.

This new nest was discovered late in the nesting season as it was hidden well.

Each Biesbosch eagle nest has two eaglets, making for eight eagles at the nests, plus a single eagle, a two-year-old young female, flying around the Biesbosch.

The sea eaglets are expected to fledge soon.

At the moment, there are two ospreys in the Biesbosch as well.

White-tailed eagle and bluethroat


Cow parsley, 27 April 2014

On 27 april 2014, to the Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands. Where the cow parsley flowers intermingled with the reed stems.

Our boat trip started in Geertruidenberg town. Where a greenfinch sang, a wood-pigeon cooed, and an Egyptian goose flew overhead, honking.

As the boat departed, a chaffinch sang.

Near the harbour: a coot, a great crested grebe couple, and a mallard.

On the bank, whitethroat and wren singing.

A gadwall duck.

A pheasant calls.

Willow warbler and chiffchaff songs.

On the Amer river bank, shelducks. A swimming great cormorant.

As we enter national park waters, nightingales sing.

A great cormorant and an Egyptian goose, together on a fallen log on the bank.

A great tit sings.

Herring gulls swimming.

A grey lag goose on the bank. A reed bunting sings. So does a song thrush. And a dunnock, and a blackcap. And a garden warbler.

A cuckoo calls.

A great spotted woodpecker makes its ‘drumming’ sound.

A grey heron flying.

Good nesting place for kingfisher, 27 April 2014

We pass a bank with big fallen trees; a good place for a kingfisher‘s nest. Indeed, a kingfisher flies past. Too fast, unfortunately.

Jays.

A Cetti’s warbler sings.

Coot on nest, 27 April 2014

A coot on its nest.

Scores of house martins flying.

A sedge warbler sings.

Canada geese on a bank. Marsh marigold flowers.

A bit further, a beaver swims.

As we walk on the bank, a great egret at a distant lake.

Wheatear, 27 April 2014

A northern wheatear.

In another lake, shoveler and teal ducks.

Sedge warbler singing, 27 April 2014

Again, a singing sedge warbler.

Redstart singing.

Skylarks singing.

Barn swallows.

White-tailed eagle and carrion crows, 27 April 2014

Then, the biggest bird of prey of the Netherlands. A white-tailed eagle sits on a tree. Three carrion crows sit next to it, trying to drive it away.

White-tailed eagle flying, 27 April 2014

The eagle flies away.

White-tailed eagle drinking, 27 April 2014

It flies down to the river to drink. Crows keep harassing it.

As the boat goes back, a singing bluethroat on a reed stem.

A buzzard, and a sparrowhawk, flying.

An oystercatcher on a sandbank.

A white wagtail on a bank.

A male and a female marsh harrier flying together.

A lesser black-backed gull.

Two mute swans bending their necks together, then mating.

We are back in Geertruidenberg. A collared dove.

See also here.

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Beaver and lapwings, video


This is a video about a beaver in Biesbosch nature reserve in the Netherlands; featuring some sleepy northern lapwings.

Marco Valk made the video.

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Recovered sea eagle flies to Lauwersmeer


This Dutch video is about setting free a young sea eagle, after it had recovered in Zundert bird asylum from poisoining.

Regional TV RTV Noord in the Netherlands reports that a white-tailed eagle was photographed in Lauwersmeer nature reserve.

The rings on the photo proved that this was the young sea eagle which had been poisoned last autumn. It recovered in a bird asylum in Zundert. After recovery, it was freed last October in Biesbosch nature reserve. The bird had not been seen since.

Apparently, it flew all the way from the southern Netherlands to the Lauwersmeer in the north. There are now five sea eagles in the Lauwersmeer reserve.

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Will young sea eagle survive?


This video from the Netherlands is about white-tailed eagles in the Biesbosch nature reserve in July this year.

Translated from Vroege Vogels TV in the Netherlands today:

The young sea eagle, which was found recently in a yard in Hank, is now at the Bird Rehabilitation Center Zundert for convalescence. When the young raptor was brought in, it was in a bad shape and it could not eat without help. It is a youngster which hatched this year in the Biesbosch. Cause: most likely poisoning. Will the young eagle survive?

Beavers rebuilding their lodge, video


This video is about beavers in Biesbosch nature reserve in the Netherlands.

They are bringing branches to their lodge to reconstruct it.