Butterflies and bluebells

This video is called Texel – Netherlands.

Today near Ecomare museum on Texel, a curlew flying.

In the forest south of Alloo, three butterfly species at Garlic mustard flowers: orange tip, both males and females. Speckled wood. And green-veined white.

Common bluebell

Many common bluebell flowers. Bluebells in Britain: see here.

Near the Alloo lake, a black-tailed godwit and a curlew. Many herring gulls and a few lesser black-backed gulls.

Shellducks. Egyptian geese. A common sandpiper.

A buzzard flies past.

Insects and spiders of Texel: here.


Wheatears and marsh harrier

This afternoon near De Waal on Texel, two common gulls.

Female and male wheatears

This is a wheatear video.

A flying male marsh harrier makes a score of meadow pipits fly away in panic.

Godwit and redshank nests

This is a video of curlews in Waal en Burg nature reserve on Texel island, the Netherlands.

This morning to Waal en Burg.

Near a lake, avocets and shelducks.

Barn swallows flying.

Three linnets on a fence.

A yellow wagtail near sheep.

Six spoonbills.

A golden plover.

A common sandpiper.

Male and female black-tailed godwits.

A skylark singing.

Rhinanthus angustifolius.

Many Green-winged orchid flowers, a red list species.

A hare.

Adder’s tongue.

Broad-leaved marsh orchid.

Vernal grass.

A male marsh harrier flying.

We find a black-tailed godwit nest with four eggs.

Then, a redshank nest, also with four eggs.

Why Do Bird Eggs Vary In Shape and Color? Here.

Finally, a dead wigeon.

ScienceDaily (Sep. 13, 2011) — Bird-friendly meadowland management measurably benefits godwits according to researchers at the University of Groningen, based on four years of field work conducted in southwest Friesland: here.

Guantanamo hunger strike

This is video on Guantanamo.

Jason Leopold, Truthout: “Within the past month, more than 15 Guantanamo detainees protested an indefinite detention order signed by President Barack Obama in March that resulted in their relocation to another camp at the prison facility – where they said the conditions are worse – by staging a hunger strike, Truthout has learned. Two detainees involved in the hunger strike have lost about 25 pounds, according to their attorneys. Tanya Bradsher, a Department of Defense (DoD) spokeswoman, confirmed detainees staged a hunger strike, but she put the number at ‘less than ten”: here.

Jason Leopold | Filling in the Gaping Holes in WikiLeaks’ Guantanamo Detainee Files. Jason Leopold, Truthout: “Imagine that the more than 700 Guantanamo files released two weeks ago by WikiLeaks contained information explaining how interrogators obtained ‘intelligence’ from ‘war on terror’ detainees captured or sold to US forces after 9/11, such as this firsthand account: ‘On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they had urinated or defecated on themselves and had been left there for 18, 24 hours or more'”: here.

Tunisian Freed from Guantanamo and Sent Home from Italy Reflects on His Imprisonment – Adel Ben Mabrouk: here.

Abandoned in Guantanamo: WikiLeaks Reveals the Yemenis Cleared for Release for Up to Seven Years. Andy Worthington, Truthout: “In all of the mainstream media analysis of WikiLeaks’ recent release of Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs) from Guantanamo, relating to almost all of the 779 prisoners who have been held at the prison over the last nine years and four months, one group of prisoners has so far been overlooked: the Yemenis”: here.

Deconstructing the Campaign to Malign Award-Winning Article on Guantanamo “Suicides”. Jeffrey Kaye, Truthout: “While not the first article attacking Scott Horton’s controversial Harpers‘ article, ‘The Guantanamo Suicides,’ Alex Koppelman’s critique in Adweek on May 23 capped a long campaign by some media figures to impugn the veracity of Horton’s investigation, if not the integrity of both Horton and Harper’s Magazine“: here.

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks has written a valuable exposure of the barbarities perpetrated against him by the US military and Canberra’s role in his illegal detention: here. See also here.

Former Guantanamo Chief Prosecutor: David Hicks’ War Crimes Charge Was a “Favor” for Australia. Jason Leopold, Truthout: “Last week, the Australian government announced that it would initiate legal proceedings to try and seize royalty payments David Hicks has received following the publication of his memoir, ‘Guantanamo: My Journey,’ about the five years he spent at the prison facility, charging that he has violated the country’s laws by profiting from a crime. Hicks, 35, who gave his first interview to Truthout in February, pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing material support for terrorism”: here.

The Australian government dropped its court battle to seize profits from a book written by former Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks today: here.

Spoonbill and avocets

This video from Australia is called Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica) feeding on grass on the Cairns Esplanade.

After our arrival on Texel, to Wagejot nature reserve.

Many common terns resting on sandy islets. Probably some Arctic terns among them; it was too far to see the difference.


Barnacle geese. Probably, in about a month, they will migrate thousands of miles to the north.


Many bar-tailed godwits. Some in summer plumage, most still in winter plumage. They, too, will go far to the north.

A redshank.

In a pond west of the Wagejot lake, a spoonbill cleaning is feathers.

Arrival on Texel

This is a video about an ornithologist on Texel island in the Netherlands.

From the train to Den Helder today, Egyptian geese, gray lag geese, lapwings.

In Den Helder harbour, common terns, herring gulls, lesser black-backed gulls, black-headed gulls.

In less than half an hour, the ferry goes from Den Helder to the Horntje harbour on Texel.