Albert van der Wulp made this video on 25 March 2014.
Before we reached that bird on 18 January 2014, we went from the Brouwersdam south through Schouwen.
Further south, a small lake where scores of mallards and shoveler ducks swam.
We arrived at Kerkwerve harbour, on the Oosterschelde estuary. A little egret on a mudflat. A kestrel flying. Two shelducks flying.
And common mergansers swimming, which I already mentioned.
More to the west, an avocet. Tufted ducks. A barnacle goose.
Redshanks on a mudflat.
On the bank of a lakelet, a merlin sitting.
Teal swimming. Hundreds of golden plovers flying.
An Egyptian geese couple.
A female smew climbed out of the water.
We continued to a hide, called Turegluren. That name is a wordplay on the Dutch words for redshank and peeking.
Big flocks of golden plovers fly around.
On the other bank of the lake, a peregrine falcon sitting on a pole.
Near a muddy islet, a flock of avocets.
Sometimes, they are flying.
Sometimes, they are looking for food.
Black-tailed godwits join the avocets; and a few shelducks.
See also here.
Along our way, buzzards sitting on poles.
At the Brouwersdam, oystercatchers. Male and female common mergansers swimming.
And curlews standing.
Other long-tailed-duck photos from the Brouwersdam: here.
The duck was not shy.
Male and female goldeneyes swam further away.
Still further away, near the lock, grey seals and herring gulls on a sandbank.
A red-throated diver and red-necked grebes swimming.
Great cormorants sitting on the rocks of the dam.
Stay tuned; as we continued to Schouwen island, where we saw more interesting birds.
Long-tailed and other ducks: here.
This video is called Scotland’s Basking Sharks.
Basking shark skull found in North Sea: here.
This is a video about fungi from the USA.
Recently, fungi growing there have been studied. 329 fungi species grow on the causeway, including very rare ones.
This video from the Philippines says about itself:
Some HD footage of this water bird that migrates to the Philippines.
Common name: Kentish Plover
Scientific name: Charadrius alexandrinus
Habitat – along coast on beaches, and exposed mud or coral flats.
Total length: 175 mm.
BirdLife in the Netherlands reports today that a legacy has enabled them to make new breeding spots for shorebirds, jointly with Natuurmonumenten conservation organisation, between Zierikzee and Burgh-Haamstede on Schouwen-Duiveland island in Zeeland province. They will make islets where the birds will be able to nest safely.
Over 10% of the rare, threatened Kentish plovers in the Netherlands nest on Schouwen-Duiveland.
BirdLife writes about one of three Schouwen-Duiveland areas where work will start in 2014:
In Prommelsluis now, there are 18 species of breeding birds including large numbers of gulls, geese and spoonbills and Red List species such as black-tailed godwit, redshank, skylark and meadow pipit. The construction of an island with seashells in the northern part the area will hopefully tempt the Kentish plover, avocet, ringed plover and various terns to breed.
BirdLife has plans to make Schouwen-Duiveland a better place for partridges as well.
- Jordanian birds, new report (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Sociable Lapwings found wintering in The Negev (worldwaders.wordpress.com)
- African migratory bird count, January 2014 (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Collared dove and white storks (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Waterbird Count Larnaca today 18th November 2013 (cyprusbirdingtours.com)
- Bird migration and children’s drawings (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- African, Middle East hunters against soaring bird poaching (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- 120 great egrets on Tiengemeten island (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
This video says about itself:
Video on how pearls are formed naturally
Built from hexagonal aragonite crystals of calcium carbonate, pearls are formed in clams, oysters and mussels, and are found in many parts of the world. They are usually white, sometimes with a creamy or pinkish tinge, but may be tinted with yellow, green, blue, brown, or black. Black pearls are often highly valued because of their rarity.
Translated from Dutch regional TV Omroep Zeeland today:
Woman finds pearl in oyster
Hannah van den Boomgaard: “When I ate the oysters I felt something hard in my mouth. I thought ait was a small crab, until I put it in my hand, and then it proved to be a real pearl.”
Ms van den Boomgaard had received the oysters from her neighbour who works in the oyster industry. … She wants to put the pearl into a ring. How much the pearl is worth is still unclear.
Biologists say the chance of finding a pearl inside an oyster is one in 10,000.
- They’re Back! Chesapeake Oysters Return To Menus After Rebound (npr.org)
- Christmas Eve traditions (thegazette.com)
Jackie Oomen made this video.
- Something To Keep In Mind Next Time You’re Thinking About Ordering Crab Or Lobster (upworthy.com)
- Sketch a Lobster! (itsasketchyworld.com)
This video is about two little ringed plovers “dancing” during their mating season.
Kees van Boekel made this video in Zeeland province, the Netherlands.
- OHP: Mating season dangerous for drivers (kjrh.com)
- Brent geese, sanderlings and plovers (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Tarantulas are looking for love: It’s mating season (cbsnews.com)
- It Takes a Village to Raise a Plover (nancyislandblog.wordpress.com)
- Tarantula Mating Season 2013: Lust-Filled Spiders Come Above Ground, Terrify Everyone (huffingtonpost.com)
- Donated land to help protect piping plover (metronews.ca)
- Grey plovers, red knots and bar-tailed godwits (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
Translated from the Dutch marine biologists of Stichting ANEMOON on Sunday 10 November 2013:
The sea spider Ammothea hilgendorfi, originally from the Pacific Ocean, has now reached our coastal waters after it had reached the Italian and British coastal waters. This summer, recreational divers and biologists have found multiple individuals of this exotic species in the Oosterschelde estuary. The beautifully coloured and relatively large sea spider may have arrived here through international seafood shipments. The specimens found show clearly that they feel at home and reproduce.
See also here.
- Transparent Sea Spider (xo.typepad.com)
- More Diving Photography from the Russian Far East (thelastphotographer.wordpress.com)
- Something is Killing the Pacific Ocean (thewesbrownshow.com)
- Knowledge About Oceans & Seas (geniusidentity.wordpress.com)
- A Spider and the Enchanted Sea (tracyshealingart.wordpress.com)