Improving camera traps for reptiles

This video is about reptiles (and at least one amphibian), filmed by a camera trap at a wildlife corridor in the Netherlands.

The Dutch herpetologists of RAVON write today about reptiles using wildlife corridors. Until recently, they were often not detected, or the image quality was so bad that people could not know which species had been filmed.

In 2014, an experiment started in the Fochteloërveen nature reserve to improve camera traps especially for reptiles. This worked. From May-September this year 97 reptiles using two corridors were recorded (27 adders, 56 grass snakes, five smooth snakes, nine common lizards). There were also many mammals, like stoats, pine martens and hedgehogs.

RAVON plans to improve the system further in 2015; maybe making it possible to even recognize individuals.

Kestrel’s dust bath, video

This is a video about a female kestrel having a dust bath to get parasites out of her feathers.

Jan Ebbenn from the Netherlands made the video.

Pied wheatear video

This is a video about a pied wheatear, in Zoeterwoude in the Netherlands, 13 November 2014.

Adri de Groot made the video about this special individual. This species is very rare in the Netherlands.

Tropical fish on Dutch beach again

This video says about itself:

9 April 2012

This video was taken in shallow water off Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas. The Unicorn [Leatherjacket] Filefish is normally a deep water fish but is occasionally seen in shallow water. You can see the fish change its coloring as it swims away.

Recently, a tropical fish, an oceanic puffer, beached on Texel island in the Netherlands. The first time ever for that species in that country, and in the whole North Sea.

It turns out that a few days before this, another tropical species beached near ‘s-Gravenzande, more to the south in the Netherlands.

It was a unicorn leatherjacket filefish. Also, the first time ever in the North Sea.

Migratory birds, hundreds of millions counted

This video is called Chaffinch – Beautiful Bird on Display and Singing a Song.

The Dutch SOVON ornithologists report that this week, on 11 November 2014, the one million hours milestone in counting migrating birds for the site was reached.

For this site, started in the Netherlands in 2002, many people count birds now, including in far away countries like Morocco or Azerbaijan. Scheveningen in the Netherlands is the spot where most counting has been done.

The top three for migratory birds in the Netherlands is:

1. Starling: 75,804,934
2. Chaffinch: 35,785,032
3. Wood pigeon: 26,390,999

Singing little bittern, video

This is a video about a little bittern, singing in a reedbed in the Netherlands in May this year.

André Strootman made the video.