Jeffrey and Jacob made the video.
This video from Finland says about itself:
Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) flies towards the camera and eats a mouse
This wild, but tame Great Grey Owl is still actively “hunting” out in the open and is enjoying herself posing to the cameras near Oulu, Finland. See a new set of Harri Taavetti’s images here. In this video she flies to catch a mouse and eats it directly in front of camera and flies away.
See also here.
- Rare northern hawk-owl in Zwolle, videos (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Rare northern hawk-owl in Dutch city (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Finnish canoeist saves drowning owl (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Cute alert: Exhausted owl takes a break on a canoe deck (metro.co.uk)
- The World Outdoors: Owls never cease to fascinate (lfpress.com)
- THIS JUST IN: Finland Owl Rescue ACTION! (cuteoverload.com)
- This Owl Does Not Freeze To Death At The End (Thanks To Kayaker) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Could owls have the answer for stealthy aircraft? Engineer researchers think so (vancouversun.com)
This video from the Netherlands is called European Cranes, Grus grus, Blokzijl Scheerwolde, 25 May 2013.
Changes in agriculture, destruction of hedges, etc. led to the disappearance about 2000 of ortolan buntings, which used to nest there. These environmental changes also meant much less tree sparrows and turtle doves. Stonechats disappeared as well, but came back recently. So did nightjars and woodlarks.
In the Achterhoek towns, nesting birds declined about 50% in these four decades. Crested larks became extinct. Black redstart numbers plummeted. There was a positive trend for greenfinches, which like gardens and parks.
- Swallow migration to Africa, for vitamin D? (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- New owl species discovery in Oman? (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Dutch bird news update (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Good Dutch sea eagle news (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Dutch birds, new research (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Good Dutch crane news (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Dutch godwit flies to Sierra Leone (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- New Mediterranean birding app available (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
This is a video about a northern pike.
The golden hue shows that this is still a young fish. As an adult, it will lose that colour.
The video is by Jos van Zijl in Zutphen in the Netherlands.
- Coeur d’Alene Tribe seeks clues to trout troubles (ravallirepublic.com)
- The Mystery of the Migrating Fishes: Swimming the Gauntlet to Green Bay (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)
- Missoula County: List Frenchtown mill as Superfund cleanup site (missoulian.com)
A buzzard calls.
The video is by Sylvia Timmer.
October 2013. Leading animal welfare charity, Humane Society International UK, is appalled by news that an eight week extension to the Gloucestershire badger cull has been granted by Natural England. The charity warns that prolonging the shooting is the very worst thing the government can do because it increases the risk of spreading bovine TB as badgers flee the area: here.
Badger cull to end early in Gloucestershire: here.
- Dutch wildlife corridor live webcam (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Oak trees hinder Dutch boar hunters (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Badger culls fail (shropshirewildlifetrust.wordpress.com)
- Badger cull hit by legal challenge (theguardian.com)
- British badger killing update (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- A Badger? (disappearingbadgers.wordpress.com)
- ‘Missing’ badgers: call for answers (bbc.co.uk)
- Badger cull: VoR joins the Wounded Badger Patrol for an evening (voiceofrussia.com)
- Chief vet under fire for badger cull advice (independent.co.uk)
- Badger cull in Gloucestershire widely misses target (telegraph.co.uk)
I was there at the special request of a special very young person. The Dolfinarium is closely entwined with SOS Dolfijn, the organisation in the Netherlands endeavouring to save beached dolphins, porpoises, whales and seals; and to, after convalescence, return them to the sea.
This video is about a sick harbour porpoise being cared for at the Dolfinarium.
However, the Dolfinarium also has a, controversial, commercial side. Bottlenose dolphins perform there for audiences of thousands of people. There are good arguments against captivity of animals. Against captivity as pets of private persons. Against captivity in zoos; especially if quite some, too many, zoos have bad conditions for their animals.
For marine mammals, needing more space than many other species, the arguments against captivity are even more valid. It is a good thing that Antwerp zoo in Belgium, which used to have dolphins confined in a small space, stopped that in 1999.
Zoos, at least some zoos, have other sides as well. In the USA, and elsewhere, there are zoos, which, by captive breeding, fight against extinction of rare species. “The Oregon Zoo is known mostly for the elephants and other animals it keeps in captivity. But it also releases many critters into the wild as part of its commitment to conservation and preserving endangered species”: here.
In Britain, Chester Zoo very recently had a success in prevention of extinction of rare Brazilian parakeets.
One might imagine this dialogue between a “hardline animal rights activist” (HARA) and a “zoo manager” (ZM).
HARA: “OK, you have explained to me about your captive breeding programs. I agree now that my original demand that your zoo should be closed down entirely was too sweeping. However, I still think that everything else, apart from the captive breeding, should be closed down. So, no more people paying entrance fees to see the animals”.
ZM: “Where should be the money for the captive breeding come from then?”
HARA: “From private charity”.
ZM: “That would hardly be a solution. Most kind-hearted millionaires have already spent all their charity money on hospitals, schools, and other stuff. And less kind-hearted millionaires would rather spend their money on getting still richer; on warship-like private yachts; on buying lions and rhinos as pets for their own private zoos, inaccessible to the public; etc.”
HARA: “Then, the government should pay.”
ZM: “In the present social, economic and political climate, they are not likely to do so. Quite some governments rather spend money on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, etc; or on spying on their own citizens, than on publicly accessible facilities like museums, schools, libraries, or zoos”.
We will leave these two people at their dialogue. Now, something about when I was very small. My grandparents then took me to a zoo. For the first time ever, I saw the beauty and diversity of animals. Diversity all over the world; not just the relatively few animals of the urban environment where I was born.
Suppose my grandparents, and later my parents, would never have taken me to zoos? Would I blog today then about animals? About saving species from extinction? Against eating dolphin and whale meat? Maybe then I would not blog at all now. Or blog only about human issues.
Like with me, this might be the case with many other people.
Now, back to Harderwijk. We were there on a Saturday; a busy day with many human visitors. Also flying visitors. House sparrows. One of many jackdaws sits down on the top of a parasol. Black-headed gulls close to where marine mammals, or humans, eat. Starlings. A collared dove. Two mallards flying overhead.
2200 people fit on the bleachers of the big auditorium for the Acqua Bella bottlenose dolphin show. It begins with two dolphins jumping synchronically over a water jet, to big applause.
Then, the story of the show. A stupid man throws a can into the water. Each time he does that, the dolphins throw it back at him. Why? the stupid man asks himself. Then, a woman arrives. She says that he should not pollute the dolphins’ sea. “I will take you on a journey around the world. Then, you will see for yourself how beautiful planet Earth and the wildlife on it are. And that you should not pollute.”
The show continues. While the dolphins (six at the end of the show) keep amazing the audience, there are images on a big screen of elephants in Africa, and of colourful coral reef fish. And of polar bears and other Arctic animals. Then a woman, a bit like ancient Greek earth goddess Gaia, comes on-screen; warning against global warming dangers to the North Pole environment.
This video is about the Acqua Bella show.
After the dolphins, the harbour porpoises. As a rule, beached porpoises, brought to the Dolfinarium, are released back into the North Sea after convalescence. The porpoise trainer said that some (partially) convalesced porpoises cannot be returned, as they would be unable to survive in the wild.
Like Amber, one of two porpoises in the show. Her teeth are very worn. She would be unable to catch any North Sea fish, and would starve. Now, she is in the show with her daughter Joelle, swimming with balls; jumping out of the water. Joelle was born here last year. It is unique that captive harbour porpoises reproduce.
The bottlenose dolphins here have babies as well. People can watch them swimming in a big lake, through underwater windows.
This video is about rays and other fish in Harderwijk.
There are fish at the Dolfinarium too: rays and sharks. Also cod and flatfish.
This video is about the pirates and sea lions show in Harderwijk.
Californian sea lions perform at another show. The theme of that show is pirates trying to rob a bank in a harbour town; which they have discovered on a treasure map. A pirates affixes explosives to the bank’s door; but, just in time, a sea lion grabs the explosives and throws them in the water.
There is also sabre fencing on board of the pirate ship, like in Treasure Island or in Peter Pan. The pirate ship has a crows’ nest. Half way the show, a jackdaw, Europe’s smallest crow species, sits down in it (spontaneously; unintended by the show’s script writers).
In the end, the pirates lose, as their ship explodes.
Just before we left Harderwijk, the walruses got their fish meal.
- Captive breeding of giant pandas (somanywaystobegin.wordpress.com)
- Tigers and pandas in zoos are the dancing bears of our day | Patrick Barkham (theguardian.com)
- Dall´s Porpoise Slaughter in Iwate, Japan, Is Seven Times Bigger Than th Cove`s. So Why Haven´t You Heard About It? (oceansspirit.wordpress.com)
- How Spain saved the lynx (theguardian.com)
- 14 Baby Pandas in Crib: Why Breed Them? (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)
- Cove Guardian Elora Malama West Takes on Taiji for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)
- Is Breeding Pandas in Captivity Worth It? (education.nationalgeographic.com)
- Leadbeater’s possum (abc.net.au)
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Acorns frustrate boar hunting
Monday 14 Oct 2013, 12:05 (Update: 14-10-13, 12:48)
Until the end of the hunting season over 1,300 pigs are supposed to be killed in the Veluwe. Normally the hunters gather near feeding areas. Hungry boars will come to feed, and then they will be shot.
But now that the whole forest is littered with acorns, chestnuts and beechnuts, the pigs have no need to come to the feeding areas. They roam the forests everywhere, there is plenty to eat and the hunters will have to chase the animals.
Wildlife organization Het Edelhert thinks that the hunters now will shoot only 70 percent of the required number of animals.
- Stop Hunting Wild Boars with Dogs (forcechange.com)
- Wild boars increasing in Fukushima, damaging more farmland (japandailypress.com)
- Blood lust (lyndafranklin.wordpress.com)
- Fukushima’s Latest Woe: Wild Boars (newser.com)
- Wild Boar Drinks 18 Beers, Attempts To Fight Cow, Then Passes Out Under Tree (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Boom in boars – Wild radioactive pigs over-run Fukushima Japan (news.3yen.com)
- Boars and Bears and Birds, oh my! (attendsquoi.wordpress.com)
This is a Dutch video about National Park De Hoge Veluwe.
Translated from Vroege Vogels TV in the Netherlands:
You want to see red deer live in your living room? These game cameras record all day and all night long who passes at an ecoduct which connects the National Park De Hoge Veluwe with the nature reserve Planken Wambuis. There is a fence there now. Its height will soon be reduced so that the deer will be able to get in and out. An important step: the deer of the National Park will receive visitors for the first time. Therefore there is research into the consequences. Will this mean a growing population in the national park or will the deer go outside [to Planken Wambuis]? Which other animal species will pass? Check it out at the wildlife cams!
This Dutch regional TV video is about the first Dutch red deer belling imitation championship, on 1 September 2013, in National Park De Hoge Veluwe.
Ten people participated, including two women, one Belgian and two Britons. The imitators were allowed to use hunting horns, other musical instruments, etc. About a thousand spectators came. The jury included a game warden and an opera singer.
This video shows the top three participants at the championship. The youngest participant, a nine-year-old boy, Sem Rijnhout from Apeldoorn, won. The first prize was a set of deer antlers.
This video shows Sem Rijnhout belling.
This video shows the winner of the second prize.
After all imitation, now a real red deer …
- Red deer imitation championship (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Scots red deer ‘breeding earlier’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Red deer antlers point to climate change. (scotsman.com)
- Landscape Level Variation in Tick Abundance Relative to Seasonal Migration in Red Deer (plosone.org)
- A long time coming! (nikkihumphreyphotography.wordpress.com)
- Red Deer Workshops – October 2013 (visionwild.wordpress.com)
This video from Britain says about itself:
Buzzard and Honey-buzzard are a difficult pair to tell apart particularly at height, as they are often seen. A successful ID will usually rely on a general impression, based on experience. Watch our guide to learn the features and behavior to focus on.
Translated from the SOVON ornithologists in the Netherlands:
Friday, August 30, 2013
Massive migration of honey buzzards is a rare phenomenon in the Netherlands. If it ever happens, then chances are biggest around mid-May. However, also in autumn very occasionally there is a major migration wave. That was the case this year on 25 and 26 August.
On August 25, it was the turn of the east of Gelderland and northern Limburg. On the Eltenberg hill in the Montferland region, the migration got underway during a northeasterly current upturn and brightening after initially thick clouds. The groups migrating together counted up to 146 individuals and 471 honey buzzards were counted in total that day.
- Honey Buzzards in Suffolk. (wordyrappinghood.wordpress.com)
- You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Hat (cityexile.wordpress.com)
- The Common Buzzard (featheredreverie.wordpress.com)
- Buzzard shot in the throat in North Ayrshire (colettewood.wordpress.com)
- Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle (featheredreverie.wordpress.com)