This is a video about mating ladybugs, made in October 2013, near Harlingen in the Netherlands.
Anna Zuidema made this video.
Harmonia axydiris ladybugs in the Netherlands: here.
This video from Britain says about itself:
Nathusius pipistrelle bats advertising for mates
2 Nov 2012
Each autumn male Nathusius pipistrelle bats “sing” to attract mates. They often do this from mating roosts in buildings, trees and bat boxes. In this video you can see and hear one of these tiny bats advertising from underneath a roof tile. I’ve slowed and lowered the frequency of the call so you can hear the fabulous vocalisations that these amazing bats produce.
This video from the USA is called SHOREBIRDS: The World’s Greatest Migrants.
Long ago, that wasn’t so.
Hans Revier writes, on the site of the Dutch Wadden Sea Association, about archaeological research near Wijnaldum village in Friesland. In the Roman age and the Middle Ages, people lived on a big mound there, to protect them from floods.
Very probably, the Wijnaldum mound dwellers were a rich family, maybe even a princely dynasty, as archaeologists discovered expensive jewelry.
They discovered remains of animals, many probably eaten, as well.
In soil layers from the Roman period and the subsequent period of post-Roman empire migrations (1st to 5th century) duck species like teal, wigeon, pintail duck and mallard are the most numerous. In later periods also barnacle and brent geese are present. Remnants of waders are rarely found in the first centuries. From the 7th century on, that picture changes drastically. Waders like godwit, ruff, dunlin, red knot, golden and gray plover then are overrepresented in the skeletal remains.
Compared with the skeletal remains found in other mounds, only in Wijnaldum waders are represented in such large numbers. This gives rise to the theory that the inhabitants of the mound of Wijnaldum about 700 have developed a new technique to catch birds, especially waders, in large numbers. Duck species will have been relatively easy to catch during their moulting period.
The researchers think that in Wijnaldum, and later elsewhere, medieval people started using clap-nets for catching birds as food. Today, clap-nets are still in use for scientific research in Friesland.
This video is called European Bee-eater – Merops apiaster.
This is a Dutch regional TV video, about the official opening of nature reserve Rotstergaaster Wallen near Heerenveen; a reserve with special attention for fungi.
In Europe they are characteristic of old, unimproved grasslands (called waxcap grasslands); a declining habitat.
Including the rare splendid waxcap.
It is a paddyfield warbler, usually an Asian species.
This is a video from South America about a rhea with chicks.
These are originally South American birds.
There is a feral rhea population in Germany. Did these two walk from there to the Netherlands?
Or did they escape from somewhere?
This video from the Netherlands says about itself:
Nesting lapwing is disturbed by tractor.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
First lapwing egg found in Ede
Added: Thursday 21 Mar 2013, 12:14
Updated: Thursday, 21 Mar 2013, 12:31
Dekker found the egg this morning at 07.25 am and reported his find to Landschapsbeheer Nederland and the Netherlands Foundation for Nature Management and Rural Areas. These organizations have jointly investigated the egg and have concluded that it is a fresh egg.
Due to the cold start of the spring this first lapwing egg has been found very late in the season. In 1987 it happened even later, on March 25.
From now until mid-June, some 5,000 volunteers of landscape management, bird watching and nature organizations in the country will jointly with farmers try to find nests and protect them. The aim is to lose as little nests as possible by agricultural activities.
Each year there are about 200,000 breeding pairs of lapwings in the Netherlands, 25 percent of the European population. The intensification of agriculture is causing the number to decline by 5 percent per year.
Though the police did not know, Rightist media pundits claimed to know. There were refugee camps in Friesland province. Johnny Foreigner must have been Marianne’s rapist and murderer, the xenophobes claimed.
First, there was talk about a refugee from Yugoslavia. Conveniently, at the time when NATO bombed Yugoslavia. Later it was suggested the rapist and murderer was an Iraqi refugee (by, eg, the Katholiek Nieuwsblad, a weekly representing the far Right wing of the Roman Catholic church). Or an asylum seeker from Afghanistan. Again, countries in which the Netherlands, being part of the NATO alliance, participated in wars. The murderer-rapist was non-white. The murderer-rapist was a Muslim, the bigots screamed. The police supposedly had not arrested murderous Johnny Foreigner because of anti-racist “political correctness”.
Police did extensive DNA research around Zwaagwesteinde village. Yesterday, they finally arrested a suspect of the Marianne Vaatstra murder. Was he a Yugoslav? an Iraqi? an Afghan? an African?
No, he was a 45-year old white farm owner living not so far away from the Vaatstra family. 100% DNA match, news sources say.
Will the racists now say they are sorry? Don’t count on it.
This video is called Birds – peregrine falcon dives at 180 mph.
Translated from Leeuwarder Courant daily in the Netherlands:
Published on April 19, 2012, 09:57 Last updated on April 19, 2012, 12:01
In the nestbox, which is 40 meters high on the power plant at the Burgumer Mar, a falcon this Wednesday has laid an egg.
The male half of the breeding pair is, visible from the coloured ring on its leg, one year old.
120,000 Amur falcons massacred in 1 week in India: here.