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?

Transmitters

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.

Hibernation

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.

Good Dutch wildlife news


This video is called [Common] Frogs in love: Nature in Middenduin, Overveen, The Netherlands.

Though not all goes well with wildlife in the Nertherlands, there are some successes.

As this report by Noord-Brabant province and the Dutch butterfly foundation writes today:

Like, in North Brabant things go well for its populations of tree frog, spadefoot toad, smooth snake, black rampion, lousewort. Improving the habitat of the smooth snake also is a benefit for many other species such as nightjar, stonechat, chequered skipper and field cricket. On heathlands in North Brabant there are successes for species such as the marsh gentian and Alcon blue butterflies dependent on it.

Northern pikes against invasive pumpkinseed sunfish


This video is called How a pike swallows a fish [trout], 2009 11 01 (Northern pike, Esox lucius).

Translated from the Stichting Bargerveen in the Netherlands, Friday 15 November 2013:

Hundreds of pikes for stopping invasive sunfish

This morning, a unique experiment starts in the Mastbos in Breda. Not less than 800 northern pikes are brought in by the Forestry Commission to fight the large local pumpkinseed sunfish population. This invasive species from South America

sic; from North America

is a major threat to native aquatic fauna. Capture of this exotic species is impossible in the Mastbos, so people hope native predators will be a solution.

Guzzler

The waters in the Mastbos in Breda have been infested for years by pumpkinseed sunfishes. This alien species has been brought by humans to the Netherlands as an ornamental fish, but it also ended up in natural waters. The pumpkinseed sunfish is an omnivore which thrives here and reaches very high densities. This is at the expense of the native aquatic fauna. This is massively eaten by the sunfish, including endangered species such as large white-faced darter dragonfly and palmate newt.

This video is about pumpkinseed sunfish in an aquarium.