Luuk de Greef made the video.
This video is called common crane (Europe journey).
September 5, 2014
The Palmven lake, restored in 2013 near the Brobbelbies in nature reserve Maashorst in North Brabant turns out to be a magnet for rare birds. Species are seen that are very rare in the region, including long-tailed skua, avocet, Eurasian spoonbill, ruff, dunlin, purple heron and black stork, due to the wetness of the area. Even cranes have stayed overnight again, that had not happened for fifty years. It is intended to purchase the entire area in the coming years and to continue to make it a real wetland.
This video is about a white stork feeding.
HANK – It was an impressive sight this Friday afternoon in Hank: a group of about 90 [white] storks took to the air. First the animals flew a few circles to make height. Then the group flew toward the southeast.
This video is about a house martin nest on a flat in Poland.
In their first summer, they counted 463 inhabited house martin nests. This went down to 231 in 1997. After then, things went better for the birds: Henk and Elly predict about 800 to 900 house martin nests this year.
Translated from their report:
This is one the richest areas in North Brabant province for amphibians, with nine species living there, including provincially significant populations of spadefoot toad and natterjack toad. Also Alpine newt, smooth newt, common toad, common frog, moor frog, pool frog and edible frog live here. To follow the development of the amphibian populations in 2009 a five-year monitoring project started. …
Not only amphibians benefit from the establishment of the ecological corridor in the area. On the shore of one of the new waters a viviparous lizard was seen, already during the first year. In the waters there are rare plants like lesser marshwort, floating water plantain, fan-leaved water crowfoot, six-stamened waterwort, floating club-rush, water horsetail and marsh St John’s wort. Possibly, they are from the old seed bank of the Pastoorsven [a lake which used to be here]. Red-backed shrikes have nested on the edge of the area and the winter of 2012-2013 brought a great grey shrike wintering in the area. The curlew stayed in the area as well. In addition to more common species like reed bunting and yellow wagtail, skylarks and partridges are breeding there.
The rare southern migrant hawker was seen here in 2011, along with common winter damselfly, Lestes barbarus and scarce blue-tailed damselfly. Besides common butterflies like peacock, whites, gatekeeper and small heath, also the less common Queen of Spain fritillary has been seen foraging in the area.
A more extensive report is here.