Rien van den Eertwegh made the video.
23 August 2014 in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands. There was not only bird ringing there then. Also this wooden larger than life purple heron. Pictured by a cellphone camera, like the other photos of this blog post.
However, I promised to tell you what happened after the bird ringing.
Two Egyptian geese swimming.
Many barn swallows flying. Probably preparing to migrate to Africa.
Two ospreys circling in the air. Probably preparing to migrate to Africa as well.
Six white-fronted geese swimming. A bit strange to see them now in August, as they usually arrive from the Arctic in September.
We pass a tree, on which sulphur polypore fungi grow.
We arrive at the hide called De Zeearend, called after the sea eagle.
And indeed, in the distance sits a sea eagle.
Closer to the hide, many grey lag and barnacle geese.
Four spoonbills. A great egret.
A group of ruddy shelducks cleaning their feathers on a meadow.
The weather changes from one moment to the next one. Downpours. Sun. Sometimes, both at once, though we don’t see a rainbow.
This is a photo of a great reed warbler, and of a smaller Eurasian reed warbler, in a bird ringer‘s hands at a ringing station of Dutch SOVON ornithologists in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands, on 23 August 2014. Like all pictures in this blog post, it is a cellphone camera photo.
Before I will tell you why these two birds are so special, I will tell how we got there.
Walking to the ringing place, we saw a red fox.
A sand martin flying past.
Then, we arrived at the bird ringing. Something really special: a great reed warbler had flown into the ringers’ net. This is a really rare species in the Netherlands. It was the ringers’ only great reed warbler of that day. This young bird was born this year, as its feathers showed.
The Eurasian reed warbler in the ringer’s other hand was an adult bird. Maybe two years old, maybe ten.
After the ringing and making of notes, all birds were freed to continue their long journey to Africa. If one of these birds will ever be found again, than that will contribute to more knowledge about that individual bird and its species; helping with conservation.
A marsh harrier flew over the ringing station.
What happened, as we walked back from the ringing place? Stay tuned!
This video says about itself:
5 March 2014
In one of the world’s most densely populated countries a nature reserve has been developed: The Oostvaardersplassen. Here the nature determines the rhythm. The film teams followed for two years a number of foxes, geese, kingfishers, deer and the largest herd of wild horses in Europe.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:
The wildlife film The New Wilderness has been proclaimed by the Dutch public to be the best Dutch film of last year. The film about the Oostvaardersplassen [nature reserve] received the most votes in the Rembrandt Awards. …
There were at the ceremony in Amsterdam also prizes for foreign films. The Dutch public thought The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the best film and leading actor Jennifer Lawrence from the same film was the best actress.
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.
Less animals die in Oostvaardersplasen in mild 2013-2014 winter: here.
- Dutch wildlife film, over 600,000 visitors (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Mountain Lion Death Renews Calls For Wildlife Corridor Across 101 Freeway (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- ‘Green bridges’ to help wildlife cross A9 proposed (scotsman.com)
- The New Wilderness – The Swamp (justgoplacesdotme1.wordpress.com)
- Path of the Pronghorn – Leading to New Passages: Part 3 (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)
- DNA From Dead Puma Proves Need For 101 Freeway Wildlife Crossing (kcet.org)