Kingfisher and osprey


This video from Greece is about ospreys.

Tuesday 26 August was my second day in Weerribben nature reserve.

Just across the road, a horizontal pole just above the water. This morning, a kingfisher sits down on it! What a fine beginning of a day. A bit later, a moorhen near the same spot.

Many barn swallows, some of them nesting under the roof of our house; some sitting down on the TV antenna of the restaurant.

In a birdwatchers’ hide, a kilometer to the north: mute swans. Great cormorants. Great crested grebes; grey lag geese.

And a kingfisher, sitting on a bald branch.

Then, an osprey, flying across the lake, and sitting down near a treetop.

Later, a buzzard.

In a former church in Kalenberg village, mainly landscape paintings by Frans Obdam, 1921-1988.

Just before going on board in the evening, a rabbit running away.

After the ship has started, the third kingfisher of today, sitting on a vertical pole in the water.

Mr Dolstra, the reserve warden, tells us that there are about 350 roe deer in the Weerribben; which is a lot for a marshy area, not ideal for the species.

This spring, there were nine male bitterns calling. As they are polygamous, that means that there were considerably more nests of this rare species.

As the number of trees in the Weerribben has increased recently, the number of goshawk nests has gone up to thirteen. Which may be a big problem next to a black tern colony … Other tree loving birds, rising in numbers in the national park, are golden oriole; lesser spotted woodpecker; and bullfinch.

Other rare species here are the purple heron; and the otter. In 1967, otters became extinct in the Weerribben as the last one was then found dead. In 2002, otters were brought here again, from eastern Europe and Sweden. Cubs have been born, and there are now about thirty otters in the reserve.

Of the many plants in the reserve, three species are related: simplestem bur-reed; European bur-reed; and the smallest of those three, small bur-reed.

Mr Dolstra also showed other plants. Sweet-flag is rarer now, as water quality is getting better.

Also: lesser bulrush; and Cicuta virosa.

Water dock is very important for the caterpillars of the rare Lycaena dispar butterfly in the reserve. The caterpillars spend the winter on those plants (see also video here below).

More Weerribben plant species: yellow flag iris; the insectivorous common sundew; and sweet gale.

Best year for bitterns for 130 years in Britain: here.

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