Winterswijk paleontology, eagle owl, willow warbler

This 2007 video is about amateur geologists collecting rocks in the quarry of Winterswijk, the Netherlands.

The ‘Muschelkalk‘ rocks there are from the Triassic, the time just before and during the rise of the dinosaurs and other groups of animals.

What is now Winterswijk was then a coastal area.

In 1932, a local businessman started the quarry. Regularly, there were excursions by geologists and paleontologists, to find ancient rocks and ancient fossils.

Now, Belgian multinational corporation Sibelco owns the quarry. The local geological society is no longer admitted for excursions.

A few geologists and paleontologists can still come. They have found Triassic marine reptiles; and, very recently, a Triassic beetle.

After 26 April 2017 in Winterswijk, we went to the quarry on 27 April 2017.

Before we arrived, an orange tip butterfly.

There is a short footpath to a part of the quarry where there is no commercial quarrying; and where an eagle owl couple, rare birds in the Netherlands, nests.

This video says about itself:

Eagle owl Winterswijk 01/06/2016

9 September 2016

These young, almost fully grown eagle owls showed well at the old quarry in Winterswijk, The Netherlands. They were quite active in broad daylight. At the end of the movie one of the chicks takes on a beautiful “defending my territory” pose to scare off a common buzzard.

We did not see the eagle owls. We did hear a song thrush sing. And we saw a willow warbler sing on as bush.

A bit further: a chiffchaff singing. A buzzard flies.

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