White storks and shovelers

On Monday 18 October, to the reserve where Baillon’s crakes nested last year.

About ten gadwall ducks in love, circling around each other in a canal. Two great cormorants swimming there as well. On the windmill, five great cormorants.

On the roofs of houses, two white storks and two magpies.

In another canal: two teal.

Noisy snipe flying around.

In the northern ponds: quite some Canada geese and shovelers.

This is a shoveler video.


Wigeon and crows

Today, to Cronesteyn.

Scores of gadwall ducks.

In the meadows: quite some gray lag geese and Canada geese.

This is a wigeon video.

And wigeon. They are back to spend the winter here.

Great tit. Long-tailed tit.

Clouded agaric fungi.

A female tufted duck in a canal.

A buzzard flying.

Near the exit, on a lawn near a lake, a jay, a magpie, a carrion crow and a jackdaw. Rare to see four crow species within a few metres of each other.

Dolphins learn to ‘walk on water’

This video is called Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society – Faroe Islands (1989, UK).

Not just basilisk lizards can walk on water …

From the BBC, about bottlenose dolphins:

Dolphins learn to ‘walk on water’

By Matt Walker
Editor, Earth News

Wild dolphins in Australia are naturally learning to “walk” on water.

Six dolphins have now been seen mastering the technique – furiously paddling their tail fluke, forcing their body out and across the water.

The dolphins seem to walk on water for fun, as it has no other obvious benefit, say scientists working for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

That makes the behaviour a rare example of animals “culturally transmitting” a playful rather than foraging behaviour.

Only a few species are known to create their own culture – defined as the sharing or transmitting of specific novel behaviours or traditions between a community of animals.

Rare trick

The discovery was made by Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) scientist Dr Mike Bossley, who has spent 24 years studying dolphins living in the Port River in Adelaide, Australia.

In past years, Dr Bossley has witnessed two wild adult female dolphins, named Billie and Wave for research purposes, attempting to walk on water.

Now four other dolphins, including young infants, have been recorded trying to learn the trick from the two adults, and have been seen practising, less successfully, in the river.

The behaviour, when a dolphin beats its tail fluke repeatedly, so it lifts its body vertically out of the water and then along the surface, is more commonly seen among captive dolphins trained to perform tricks.

April 2011: Two young male bottlenose dolphins rescued from a squalid swimming pool in Turkey are recovering well and will soon be able to be released back into their home waters.

Dolphins recognize voices of other dolphins, research finds: here.

Merkel joins German xenophobia

This video from the USA is called Pecking Order – Dealing with Islamophobia.

Last weekend, in speech laced with anti-Islamic racism, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a conference of Christian Democratic youth that multiculturalism had failed in Germany: here.

German chancellor rejects anti-Islam accolade from Dutch Geert Wilders: here.

Migrants in Europe, the US and many other parts of the world are subjected to the worst forms of racial discrimination and xenophobia, a UN investigator has warned: here.

Activists explain why they are supporting an anti-racist statement after David Cameron’s comments on multiculturalism: here.