Japanese bats in winter, video


This video says about itself:

Searching for Japanese Bats – Japan‘s Northern Wilderness – BBC Earth

Steve heads for the Rimizu limestone caves in Japan to search for hibernating bats.

Saudi Arabia in UN women’s rights commission


This 16 January 2017 CNN video from the USA says about itself:

The Saudi women afraid to go home

16 January 2017

These women left Saudi Arabia and say they could be arrested, even beheaded, if they were to return. Here are their stories.

By Mallory Shelbourne in the USA – 04/23/17 04:58 PM EDT:

Saudi Arabia elected to UN women’s rights commission

Saudi Arabia was elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

The addition of the Gulf nation was first flagged by UN Watch, a nongovernmental body that monitors the United Nations. The Commission on the Status of Women’s main mission is to assess the challenges to reaching gender inequality [sic; equality], according to the U.N. website.

The organization’s executive director slammed the election, which occurred in a secret vote during the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council.

“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” Hillel Neuer said.

Neuer called the election “absurd,” noting that all women in Saudi Arabia “must have a male guardian who makes all critical decisions on her behalf, controlling a woman’s life from her birth until death. Saudi Arabia also bans women from driving cars.”

Saudi Arabia, a top U.S. ally, is also on the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Saudi Arabia is on the U.N. Human Rights Council, because their top allies, the United States administration (then the Obama administration) and the British Conservative government (then the Cameron government) helped them to get in. No doubt, the new Trump Republican administration, basing itself on President Trump’s maxim: Grab them by the pussy, and the new British Conservative Theresa May administration, basing itself on May‘s maxim: The Saudi rulers buy lots of British weapons for their war on Yemen, similarly helped the misogynistic Saudi absolute monarchy get into the women’s rights commission.

From UN Watch:

Saudi women feel betrayed by the UN. “I wish I could find the words to express how I feel right know. I’m ‘Saudi’ and this feels like betrayal,”tweeted a self-described Saudi woman pursuing a doctorate in international human rights law in Australia.”

“Today the UN sent a message that women’s rights can be sold out for petro-dollars and politics,” said Neuer, “and it let down millions of female victims worldwide who look to the world body for protection.”

Cuba, lizards and world’s smallest hummingbird


This video is called Cuba Playa Larga 2016.

On 13 March 2017 we went from Cayo Coco, where we had been on 12 March, to Playa Larga on the south coast of Cuba.

On Cayo Coco: white ibis (after which the island is named). Black-necked stilts. Short-billed dowitchers. Tricoloured heron. Snowy egret. Flamingos flying.

White pelicans.

At a restaurant in central Cuba: Cape May warbler.

Anolis lizard, on 13 March 2017

There were anolis lizards on the inside of the thatched roof of the restaurant.

Anolis lizard, Cuba on 13 March 2017

Cuban emerald hummingbirds were present as well. So were Cuban grassquits: they live only in Cuba and in the Bahamas.

At 17:30, we stopped at a place not far from the Zapata peninsula.

Bee hummingbird, 13 March 2017

The smallest bird in the world, the bee hummingbird, lives there. The photo shows a male.

Bee hummingbird and flowers, 13 March 2017

The bee hummingbird drank from white flowers. On the branch above it sat a Cuban pewee.

Cuban emerald hummingbird, 13 March 2017

There were also bigger relatives of the bee hummingbird: Cuban emerald hummingbirds, both males and females.

Still bigger: a Cuban oriole.

Stay tuned for more entries about Cuba on this blog!

Barn swallows, house martins, sand martins


This is a video about barn swallows, house martins, and sand martins in May 2007 in Sweden.

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations 11 nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2017?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Alex’s Planet in pictures

2. Loudy’s Dream

3.Wolf’s Birding and Bonsai Blog

4. Football and Fauna

5. NavasolaNature

6. fascinating foodie

7. Explorator

8. Abdul Samad Haidari

9. Letters&Poetry

10. ToastwithTJ

11. Roger Bussey

Common crossbills in Sweden


This November 2011 video is about common crossbills in Sweden.