Rare griffon vulture in the Netherlands, video


This is a video about a griffon vulture, a rare species in the Netherlands.

Jan de Jong made this video on 6 April 2014 in Zaltbommel.

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Toads laying eggs, video


This is a video about European toads. They wrap strings of their eggs around water plants in the Kreelse Plas lake in Ede, the Netherlands.

Eric Wander made this video.

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Turkish boy killed, solidarity demonstration in the Netherlands


Funeral of Berkin Elvan in Turkey, photo EPA

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Rally in Nijmegen after Turkish violence

Wednesday March 12, 2014, 20:49 (Update: 12-03-14, 21:20)

About a hundred people in Nijmegen took to the streets to demonstrate against police violence in Turkey. Media in Gelderland report this. The protest march is because of the death of Berkin Elvan. The demonstrators chanted slogans like “Erdogan killer” and carried banners.

Elvan has become the symbol of violent police actions in Turkey. The 15-year-old boy was at the protests around Gezi Park in Istanbul last summer and was hit by a tear gas grenade at his head.

Turkish police used the grenades to drive away around 2,000 protesters. Elvan was in coma for 269 days and died yesterday.

In Istanbul and Ankara tens of thousands of people took to the streets to commemorate the boy. Demonstrators were dispersed by police with tear gas.

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Rare Caspian gulls on Dutch rubbish tip, video


This video was made by Frank van der Meer, at a rubbish tip in Barneveld, the Netherlands.

Among many black-headed gulls (winter plumage, so mostly white heads) and some (bigger) herring gulls: two gulls, rare for western Europe. They are Caspian gulls. First, a young bird, not yet one year old. Later, an adult Caspian gull (red circle around the eye, dark iris).

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The wild boar ‘Snowflake’ and roe deer


This video was recorded in a forest in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

It shows roe deer. And wild boar, including a special wild boar, pied-coloured with white spots, called Sneeuwvlokje (Snowflake).

Jan van den Bos made this video.

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New lichen species discovery in the Netherlands


The orange spots on this photo are the new species Oxneria huculica, photo by Michiel Sytsma

When Dutch nature guide Michiel Sytsma cycled between Ede and Veenendaal, he saw an unusual lichen species on five trees.

He photographed this. It turned out that Mr Sytsma had discovered a species, new for the Netherlands: Oxneria huculica.

The species now has a Dutch name: dragonderdooiermos, dragoon lichen. This is because the lichen was found at the Dragonderweg, dragoon road, in Ede. And also because the orange colour of the lichen is similar to the orange in the uniforms of the dragoons after whom that road was named.

These dragoons of the British army, commanded by “the grand old Duke of York“, were in that area in 1794-1795. They were supposed to stop the French army from invading the Dutch republic, allies of the United Kingdom. However, when the French army approached, the dragoons fled without firing a shot.

Reminding me of the song about the grand old Duke of York.

This music video from Britain is called The Grand Old Duke Of York; Children’s Animation.

According to Wikipedia:

The Grand Old Duke of York’ (also sung as The Noble Duke of York) is an English children’s nursery rhyme, often performed as an action song. The Duke of the title has been argued to be a number of the holders of that office, particularly Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (1763–1827) and its lyrics have become proverbial for futile action. …

The most common modern version is:

Oh, The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up nor down.

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Yellow-billed loon in the Netherlands


This is a video of a yellow-billed loon; today, near Rheden in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

This species is seen more often in Siberia, Canada or Alaska, where it nests, than in the Netherlands.

This is only the 39th yellow-billed ever seen in the Netherlands.

This is another video about the Rheden yellow-billed loon.

See also here.

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Otter back in Dutch nature reserve


This video shows a camera trap recording of an otter in nature reserve Gelderse Poort in the Netherlands. The last time otters had been seen there was fifty years ago.

These videos are the sequel to the first video.

This video is also about the return of otters to the Gelderse Poort.

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Starlings attacked by sparrowhawks, video


This video is about two sparrowhawks attacking a starling murmuration near Zaltbommel in the Netherlands.

Ben Meurs made this video.

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Rare great grey owl in the Netherlands


This video from Sweden is called Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa).

The northern hawk-owl is still present today in Zwolle, the Netherlands.

More to the south, in Zetten, today there was another rare owl species from northern Europe.

Birder Mieke van den Brandhof saw this great grey owl. Her photos are here.

Great grey owl photos from Canada: here.