Dutch national park Oostvaardersplassen extended

This video is about a sea eagle nest and other wildlife in Oostvaardersplassen national park.

Soon this month, the wildlife of Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands will get extra space.

The high fences separating Oostvaardersplassen from the Kotterbos woodland will be removed. First, they will be replaced with low fences, enabling red deer to use the wildlife passage to the other side of the railway. Later, all fences will be removed, enabling konik horses and Heck cattle to go to the Kotterbos as well.

In that forest, they will have more protection if winter will get cold.

The Kotterbos was planned as part of a big wildlife corridor, enabling animals to move all the way from the Oostvaardersplassen to the Veluwe region. However, anti-conservation Dutch government policies stopped that plan. Wardens hope that plans for the big wildlife corridor will revive.

The Oostvaardersplassen is the subject of the succesful new Dutch wildlife film De Nieuwe Wildernis.

Dutch wildlife film, over 600,000 visitors

This video is about barnacle geese and a red fox in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands, from the film De Nieuwe Wildernis.

Dutch NOS TV reports that so far, wildlife film De Nieuwe Wildernis has brought 600,000 visitors to cinemas. This hardline ever happens with a wildlife film.

De Nieuwe Wildernis is the second Dutch movie attracting more than 600,000 visitors this year. Earlier, this happened to the romantic comedy Verliefd Op Ibiza.

Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve film gets award

This video is a scene from the movie De Nieuwe Wildernis; a red fox mother feeding her pups.

Dutch NOS TV reports that over 100,000 people in the Netherlands have seen the documentary film De Nieuwe Wildernis (The new wilderness); about Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve. This, they write, means a “golden film” award.

They continue (translated):

The prize is awarded by the Dutch Film Festival and Dutch Film Fund when 100,000 cinema tickets for a film have been sold. At 400,000, makers get a platinum film award. A diamond film is awarded to one million visitors.

Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve, new film

This video shows that, during the making of the film De Nieuwe Wildernis, a red fox at a carcass tried to steal a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition movie camera.

On 28 September 2013, to the new Dutch nature documentary film De Nieuwe Wildernis (The new wilderness). This movie had its premiere this week.

Its subject is Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in Flevoland province in the Netherlands; from early spring to summer to autumn to winter to new spring.

The big cinema was sold out. Many children. They were much less noisy than one might expect at a film lasting for over ninety minutes.

This video is the trailer for Belgium of the film.

The film started with a line from Dutch poetess Henriette Roland Holst, about peace and quiet in nature.

Then, life under water in early spring. An eel swimming. Water fleas. Tadpoles.

Then, birds. A great crested grebe mating dance. A marsh harrier couple. A white-tailed eagle flying a branch to its nest. Ravens. Great cormorants. Kingfishers in love.

Thousands of Colletes cunicularius bees emerge from their hibernation in underground holes, announcing spring.

This video from Belgium is about Colletes cunicularius bees mating.

Then, beavers.

Many grey lag geese and their goslings.

Red foxes hunt them during the day in Oostvaardersplassen; while in the rest of Europe they are mainly nocturnal animals.

The biggest herd of konik horses in Europe is in Oostvaardersplassen. Nowhere else in Europe there are so many red deer together.

A nightingale sings.

A Savi’s warbler sings. An insect flies straight into its bill.

This is a video by Ruben Smit, maker of the film, about a singing bluethroat.

Bluethroat singing. Sedge warbler singing.

The film is centred on networks in nature. Eg, on how food chains work. Konik horse dung provides dung flies with opportunities to lay eggs. Yellow wagtails also gather around konik dung, to feed on dung flies.

In another sequence, a carp dies. That attracts egg laying flies. Maggots emerge from the carp’s dead body. A water rail catches the maggots to feed its chicks.

Thousands of natterjack toads.

A grass snake.

A bittern.


A young kingfisher catches something. It is a piece of wood, not a fish.

In winter, a black konik foal dies. A sad moment, as the film maker had followed this young horse since its early youth. A robin in the snow pays its last respects.

The film ends with a new spring. A new foal is born.

Starlings help Dutch cattle, videos

This video shows wild Heck cattle, with new-born calves, in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands.

Heck cattle are an attempt to recreate prehistoric European wild cattle, from before domestication. Not everyone agrees how close Heck cattle are to that aim.

The video shows the mammals attract flocks of starlings.

This video shows even more starlings with the cattle. Like they do with Oostvaardersplassen konik horses,the starlings help the cattle to get rid of insect parasites.

The videos are by Walter Debloudts.

Young foxes near their den, video

This video is about four red fox cubs, still living in and near their den in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands.

The video is by Walter Debloudts.

Flies and horses, video

This video is about golden dung flies in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands; on local konik horse dung.

Contrary to what their name suggests, (adult) golden dung flies don’t feed on dung. They eat flowers’ nectar. Females lay their eggs in big mammals’ dung.

Wikipedia writes about them:

Scathophaga are integral in the animal kingdom due to their role in the natural erosion of dung in fields. They are also very important in the scientific world due to their short life cycles and susceptibility to experimental manipulations, and have thus contributed significant knowledge about animal behavior.

Walter Debloudts made this video.

Sea eagle, osprey, egrets and fungi

This Dutch video is about birds in the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve.

21 September 2013. To Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve, in Flevoland province in the Netherlands.

As we approach it, coots and great crested grebes swimming. A buzzard sitting on a traffic sign. A magpie.

At the Praambult vantage point, we see konik horses. And a great egret.

Mute swans. A buzzard in a leafless tree. A grey heron. House martins on migration.

A northern lapwing. A big group of goldfinches flying.

Then, something special. A young osprey sitting in a tree; probably during its first migration to Africa.

A great cormorant flies past.

Maybe a hundred goldfinches by now sit together in treetops.

In another tree, a hobby cleans its feathers,

Stock pigeons.

Wood pigeons.

We continue along the railway. The next vantage point is De Krakeend.

On the railway wire, a carrion crow and two kestrels sitting.

Grey lag geese flying.

We continue to a lake. Great egret. Spoonbill. Mallards. Black-headed gull.

Two roe deer.

A stonechat.

A chaffinch.

Near the visitors’ centre, a robin sings.

From the hide, we see shovelers, teal and gadwall ducks swimming.

Here is another Dutch Oostvaardersplassen video.

We start walking to another hide, De zeearend.

Near the bridge, many carp.

A great spotted woodpecker. A wren sings.

Chicken of the woods

Chicken of the woods fungi on a tree.

About fifty starlings flying.

Just after that, ten bearded reedlings flying together, calling.

A pheasant calls.

A jay flying while calling.

From the hide, shelducks. Many barnacle geese.

A red deer.

Behind a herd of konik horses, a white-tailed eagle sitting on a tree.

Three kestrels fly together, just in front of the hide.

As we walk back, a great crested grebe with chicks.

We hear a greenfinch; and a little grebe.

When we are almost back at the visitors’ centre, we hear a water rail call.

After the Oostvaardersplassen, we continued to another nature reserve not far away: Lepelaarsplassen. Stay tuned.

Starlings help horses, video

This video is about starlings, helping konik horses in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands, by eating insect parasites troubling the mammals.

The video is by Walter Debloudts.

Otter arrives in Dutch nature reserve

Otters were extinct in the Netherlands. Recently, they were reintroduced. They then expanded to new areas.

This video shows an otter walking through a tunnel under a railway to Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve. This mammal species is new for the Oostvaardersplassen.

More about this, in Dutch, is here.