Hedgehog walking and drinking, video


This video shows a hedgehog walking and drinking near Wolvega in the Netherlands.

Tim English made this video.

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Black-tailed godwits on migration, video


This video shows black-tailed godwits, feeding while on spring migration in the Friesland province part of Lauwersmeer nature reserve in the Netherlands.

A shelduck swims between them.

Piet Zuidema made this video on 17 March 2014.

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Lumpsucker fishes mating season


This video is about a lumpsucker fish couple in the Wadden Sea near Griend island in the Netherlands. They swim around an iron bar.

The blueish female is about 25 centimeter; the reddish male is smaller.

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Mating ladybugs, video


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.

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Small bat crosses sea from England to the Netherlands


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.

In 2012, 34 Nathusius pipistrelle bats were ringed in Blagdon in England.

Now, NOS TV in the Netherlands reports that one of these small bats was found in the Netherlands, late in 2013.

The pipistrelle was found dead at a farm in Franekeradeel local authority in Friesland province; about 500 meter from the sea coast.

Until now, it was not known that Nathusius pipistrelle bats were able to cross the North Sea. They are too small for attaching GPS gear to them.

See also here. And here.

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Dutch bee-eater news


This video is called European Bee-eater – Merops apiaster.

The Dutch bee-eater study group reports that in 2013 there were two nests of this species, which is very rare in the Netherlands.

In Friesland province, two young bee-eaters fledged.

Rare mushrooms in Dutch nature reserve


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.

Waxcaps are beautiful, but often rare, mushrooms.

In Europe they are characteristic of old, unimproved grasslands (called waxcap grasslands); a declining habitat.

The Rotstergaaster Wallen in Friesland is a meadow area which has never been ‘improved’ with fertilizer. It is now a nature reserve. 25 of the 47 Dutch waxcap species live there.

Including the rare splendid waxcap.

Rare bird in the Netherlands


This video from Scotland is called Paddyfield Warbler, Fair Isle, September 2012.

Dutch Bird Alerts reports today about a rare bird in the Gaasterland region in Friesland province, the Netherlands.

It is a paddyfield warbler, usually an Asian species.

Rheas seen in the Netherlands


This is a video from South America about a rhea with chicks.

Yesterday and today, two rheas were seen near Paesens village, Friesland province, in the Netherlands.

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?