Dutch birds of prey counted

This is a Dutch film about a little owl on a rainy day.

Translated from the Stad Tiel site in the Netherlands:

Many buzzards in annual raptor count

Saturday, January 30, 2010 19:42

Buren – The annual raptor count by the Natuur en Vogelwacht Culemborg (NVWC) was this Saturday, January 30th with beautiful conditions: 5 cm freshly fallen snow, no wind, sunny and about 0 degrees centigrade. They made for a nice total count of 122 buzzards, 15 kestrels, 5 sparrowhawks, 3 goshawks and 2 little owls.

February 2011: Goshawk chicks in Kielder Water & Forest Park are having their mouths swabbed in a bid to discover more about the creature’s blood lines in the 62,000 hectare (155,000 acre) Northumberland wilderness: here.


Feeding mandarin ducks

Mandarin drake, photo by Jelger Herder

Lots of snow last night, and also today sometimes.

During a sunny spell, to the old harbour.

The tufted ducks and female common pochard are still there.

The two mute swans have returned.

The male and female mandarin duck are under overhanging branches on the other bank of the canal.

When they see that my bread attracts the swans, coots, and mallards, they come as well, swimming and walking across an ice floe, and join in eating.

A redwing on the other bank.

Winter weather sees influx of bittern sightings in UK: here.

First ever sighting of a Bittern at Oxfordshire reserve: here.

The loss of wetlands in the prairie pothole region of central North America due to a warmer and drier climate will negatively affect millions of waterfowl that depend on the region for food, shelter and raising young, according to research published today in the journal BioScience: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

At National Wildlife Federation headquarters in Reston, VA in the winter, I rarely spot anything more than a sparrow. But some fresh snow fell over the weekend, revealing visitors who don’t work 9 to 5.

Birdfeeders leading to evolution: here.

Dutch police suspect ‘Afghan war hero’ of drug crimes

This is the video of Dutch Queen Beatrix awarding the Military William Order to Captain Kroon.

This video from the USA is called Rethink Afghanistan (Part 4): Civilian Casualties.

Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:

Police interrogates war hero Kroon

January 30, 2010 06:59

DEN BOSCH – This Friday, the police have interrogated captain Marco Kroon, who last year because of his heroic actions in Afghanistan received the Military William Order.

Awarded by the Queen, 55 years since it had been awarded for the last time.

The Brabants Dagblad reported this.

This was confirmed by Den Bosch police on Saturday. The spokeswoman would not say whether Kroon and his partner were still prisoners.

The police in connection with this case arrested four suspects in December. They were two women and one man from Den Bosch and a resident of Schijndel.


At the same time the police interrogated two other Den Bosch suspects. In house searches, police found several weapons. They expect to complete the investigation soon.

Both civilian and military police are thought to have Kroon in their sights since October. They have a suspicion of cocaine use by the decorated soldier and patrons of Vinny’s Cafe, the pub in Den Bosch which Kroon manages. …

Kroon in 2006 commanded a platoon which did several daring commando operations in Afghanistan. For the way he did that, he received the award.

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

The defence ministry has confirmed media reports that former Captain Marco Kroon is suspected of drugs possession and violating the gun law.

United States of America, Chief Kingpin in the Afghanistan Heroin Trade? Here.

Talking about the Afghan war:

Four Afghan soldiers have been killed and another six wounded after Nato troops clashed with them and called in air attacks, Afghan provincial officials say.

Criminal charges against US Republican


USA: James O’Keefe, the Republican activist who became a hero in extreme right-wing circles last year after he carried out a provocative sting-type operation against Acorn, faces felony trespass charges: here.

See also here.