Middle spotted woodpecker, video


This is a video about a middle spotted woodpecker in Plantloon nature reserve in the Netherlands.

In 1997, this species started to nest again in the Netherlands, and now there are over 100 nesting couples.

Christ Grootzwager made the video.

Ninety white storks take off for migration


This video is about a white stork feeding.

Translated from daily De Stem in Noord Brabant province in the Netherlands today:

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.

Dutch house martins monitored by brother and sister


This video is about a house martin nest on a flat in Poland.

For the 25th year in a row, house martins are monitored in the Netherlands.

In the area of North Brabant province between Gilze village and the Belgian border, Henk Meeuwsen and his sister Elly have been doing this right from the beginning in 1990.

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.

Amphibians, more wildlife benefit from new nature reserve


This video is called British Amphibians – Smooth Newts (Triturus vulgaris).

Dutch RAVON herpetologists report about  a new nature reserve, made in 2009 along the Strijper Aa river in Cranendock local authority in Noord-Brabant province.

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.

Rare wasps mating, video


This video is about two individuals of a rare wasp species mating.

They are Ammophila pubescens wasps.

Frits de Kinderen made the video, in nature reserve De Brand near Biezenmortel village in the Netherlands..

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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