Rare sociable lapwing in the Netherlands

This video says about itself:

Saving the Sociable Lapwing

18 June 2009

BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme interview with Species Guardians of the Sociable Lapwing – Dr Rob Sheldon (RSPB, BirdLife in the UK), and Andreas Pittl (Swarovski Optik).

Today, 3 July 2014, a rare sociable lapwing was seen near Liessel village in the Netherlands.

According to one observer, this is an adult in summer plumage, molting.

New Dutch aquatic mite discovery

This video is about mute swans in nature reserve De Grote Vilt in the Netherlands in 2010.

Translated from the Dutch AQUON hydrobiologists:

Monday, May 12, 2014

In the nature reserve Grote Vilt in East Brabant, the water mite Lebertia oblonga has been found, a new species for the Netherlands. At the Grote Vilt, measures were taken in 2010 to improve water quality and ecological quality of the water in the area. Now, several years later, the measures appear to have an effect. The water quality has indeed improved. The water has become less nutritious and more and more unusual species are found: the new water mite and rare pioneer species including rare nonbiting midges, bugs and water beetles.

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Vole eats birds’ peanut butter, video

This video is about a common vole feeding on peanut butter at a bird feeder in a garden in Heeze, the Netherlands.

Mindy van den Broek made the video.

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First hummingbird hawk-moth of spring

This is a hummingbird hawk-moth video from Poland.

The Dutch Butterfly Foundation reports on Twitter that yesterday, 5 March 2014, the first hummingbird hawk-moth of this spring was seen in Breda.

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Great white pelican video

This is a video of a great white pelican near Breda in the Netherlands.

André Strootman made this video in February 2014.

Maybe this bird escaped from a zoo.

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Fox on wildlife trap camera

This video shows a red fox and rabbits.

They were recorded in January 2014, near Eersel in the Netherlands, by Ronnie van der Aalst’s wildlife trap camera.

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How young white-fronted geese learn to migrate, new research

This video from California in the USA says about itself:

16 Jan 2012

Greater White-fronted Geese at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge forage in the tules, welcoming another flock of geese as they greet the morning sun.

Translated from Vroege Vogels TV in the Netherlands:

How do geese learn how to fly?

Young white-fronted geese follow their parents on their migration from the breeding grounds. This is well-known. But do the young birds also decide themselves when they will land to feed? And, when flying, do they always keep in the immediate vicinity of their parents? When do they leave their parents and go their own way?


To find answers to these questions white-fronted geese in the river region in North Brabant are caught in an old fashioned way. Then researchers affix small transmitters to the geese. In this way, they hope to get more insights about the migratory and family behaviour of the birds.


In the winter months, white-fronted geese stay in Netherlands: especially in Friesland, the rivers region, Zeeland and West Flanders in Belgium (the Zwin and the East Coast polders areas). They often occur in mixed groups with greylag geese, bean geese and barnacle geese.

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Young buzzard learns flying

This is a video about a young buzzard, learning to fly, while its parents watch.

The video was recorded near a farm building in Plantloon nature reserve in the Netherlands; by kenengeniet, in August 2013.

Buzzard photo: here.

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Black rampion, Dutch Flower of the Year 2014

This video from the Netherlands is called Black rampionPhyteuma spicatum.

Dutch botanists have chosen the black rampion as Flower of the Year 2014.

This rare plant is unfortunately getting still rarer.

In 2013, only 13 flowering plants were left in Noord-Brabant province.