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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Mute swan feeding, video

This is a video about a mute swan feeding in Lauwersmeer national park in the Netherlands.

Piet Zuidema made the video.

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Recovered sea eagle flies to Lauwersmeer

This Dutch video is about setting free a young sea eagle, after it had recovered in Zundert bird asylum from poisoining.

Regional TV RTV Noord in the Netherlands reports that a white-tailed eagle was photographed in Lauwersmeer nature reserve.

The rings on the photo proved that this was the young sea eagle which had been poisoned last autumn. It recovered in a bird asylum in Zundert. After recovery, it was freed last October in Biesbosch nature reserve. The bird had not been seen since.

Apparently, it flew all the way from the southern Netherlands to the Lauwersmeer in the north. There are now five sea eagles in the Lauwersmeer reserve.

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Dutch otter nightlife, video

This video is about the nightly life of otters in the Lauwersmeer nature reserve in the Netherlands.

Harrie Bosma made the video.

Starling murmuration, video

This is a video of a murmuration by thousands of starlings; in Lauwersmeer national park in the Netherlands, around a sailboat.

Piet Zuidema made this video on 17 October 2013.

Dutch sea eaglets will be tracked electronically

This video is about ringing a sea eaglet in the Lauwersmeer nature reserve in the Netherlands.

Next year, young Dutch white-tailed eagles will get electronic transmitters, to find out where they will go after fledging.

So far, little is known about where they fly.

The transmitters will be affixed to eaglets either at the Oostvaardersplassen nest, or at the Roggebotzand nest.

Meadow pipit catching insects, video

This video is about a meadow pipit, collecting insects for its chicks.

The video was made by Piet Zuidema in the Lauwersmeer nature reserve in the Netherlands.

Meadow pipits in the Netherlands: here.

Two eaglets born, Lauwersmeer, the Netherlands

This video from the Netherlands is about ringing a young sea eagle, born in Lauwersmeer National Park in 2011.

Staatsbosbeheer in the Netherlands reports that recently, on 6 May, two new-born sea eaglets were seen in the white-tailed eagle nest in Lauwersmeer nature reserve.

Also in 2011 and in 2012, the Lauwersmeer eagles nested successfully. In both years, one young eagle grew up, and learned to fly. I saw the daughter, born in 2012, getting flying lessons.

Lauwersmeer fungi: here.

White-tailed eagles and lapwings

Sunday 30 September 2012.

As my earlier blog post said, our ship passed through the lock in Lauwersoog from the Wadden Sea to the Lauwersmeer.

Lauwersmeer national park sign, 30 September 2012

Like on 28 September, we were in Lauwersmeer national park again.

A great cormorant.

Five gadwall ducks flying.

Then, a highlight of our journey to Schiermonnikoog and Rottum islands and back: first, we see one white-tailed eagle.

Two white-tailed eagles, Lauwersmeer 30 September 2012, adult bird on the left

Then we see two white-tailed eagles.

Two white-tailed eagles, Lauwersmeer 30 September 2012

Two white-tailed eagles again, Lauwersmeer 30 September 2012

Finally, three eagles: the adult couple nesting here are flying around with their daughter, fledged this year.

Lapwings, Lauwersmeer 30 September 2012

As the ship comes closer to Zoutkamp harbour, scores, then hundreds, of lapwings flying.

More lapwings, Lauwersmeer 30 September 2012

Mute swans, Lauwersmeer, 30 September 2012

A bit later, mute swans.

And a great egret.

Zoutkamp harbour, 30 September 2012

The ship lands in Zoutkamp. We disembark, with many good memories.

From Rottum to Lauwersoog

This is a video about birds in Lauwersoog harbour in 2007. It shows common terns, black terns, black-headed gulls, herring gulls and a few turnstones.

Sunday 30 September 2012.

After our beautiful visit yesterday to uninhabited island Rottum, today we will sail from Rottum to Lauwersoog; and then on to Zoutkamp.

While our ship is still on the sandbank, we hear curlews calling.

Ten oystercatchers pass, flying, also calling.

Twenty brent geese fly close above the sea.

A bit higher flies a meadow pipit, calling.

We are on our way. A swimming harbour seal passes, its head above the water.

Lauwersoog harbour turnstones, 30 September 2012

We arrive in Lauwersoog harbour. Many turnstones on a dock, like when we were here two days ago.

Lauwersoog turnstones, 30 September 2012

On the same jetty, a bit further, black-headed gulls.

Herring gull, Lauwersoog, 30 September 2012

On the next dock, herring gulls.

Greater black-backed gull, Lauwersoog, 30 September 2012

And a few greater black-backed gulls.

Quite some ships are waiting to pass through the lock, from the sea to the fresh water of Lauwersmeer lake. We are lucky, we don’t have to wait very long.