This video is called The European Adder – Vipera berus. We did not see adders during our week in and around Dwingelderveld national park. They live there; but the best time to see them is on warm, sunny days. Which weren’t part of this early May week.
As we went to the hide, a robin on a fence.
A little grebe calls and swims.
In wet heathland, a skylark sings.
A cuckoo sitting on a tree.
Briefly, a yellowhammer above the cuckoo in the same tree.
Moss growing near the trees not far away.
Near the Dwingelose heide cycle track, again oak eggar caterpillars.
Also a much rarer and smaller caterpillar. So small and lightweight that the wind again and again blows it decimetres further away on the sandy path. A dark tussock caterpillar.
Back to the hide. Cottongrass grows there. This marked the end for us of a week of seeing much beautiful wildlife.