Cetti’s warbler warbles on Texel island


This 14 April 2020 video is about a Cetti’s warbler warbles on Texel island.

Cetti’s warblers are recent immigrants to the Netherlands from southern Europe.

They are common now in the southern Dutch Biesbosch national park; but still rare in northern regions like Texel.

Recovered black kite freed in Malta


This 2 May 2020 video says about itself:

This Black Kite was recovered on the 24th March 2020 from Żebbuġ in Gozo. It was found by the Gozo Police following a report made by a member of the public. The bird was handed over to BirdLife Malta and eventually taken to the government veterinarian to be examined. Fortunately, it was just exhausted from its migration journey and had no other injuries.

Following a couple of weeks with BirdLife Malta during which it regained its strength, the protected bird of prey was ready to be released. Black Kites are highly-prized illegal hunting targets so we took it to Comino, a protected bird sanctuary, to release it there so that it could hopefully continue with its migration safely. The raptor was ringed prior to being released.

Black Kites (Astun Iswed in Maltese) are regular migrants, both in spring and autumn, although more common during the autumn. In spring they are seen in March and April.

Footage by BirdLife Malta. Editing by Nathaniel Attard.

Bullfinch couple, common terns and lapwings


This is a Eurasian bullfinch video from Sweden.

Today, there was a bullfinch couple at the Muggenbult viewpoint in the Naardermeer nature reserve.

And a blackcap singing.

Also at the Muggenbult: sedge warbler. And reed warbler (audible, but hidden in the reedbed). Reed bunting. House sparrows. Common tern. Nesting black-headed gulls. Great cormorants. A mute swan.

Not far from the Muggenbult: northern lapwings in a mating season flight. A buzzard flying. A white wagtail scurrying in the mud.

A swift drank from a ditch while flying near the Naardermeer visitors’ centre. Also near the visitors’ centre: a stonechat.

Barn swallows flying. Dragonflies flying as well.

Aye-aye lemurs of Madagascar


This 2019 video says about itself:

Aye aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) – the bizarre lemur, the demon of the night from Madagascar

Aye-aye is one of the most bizarre mammals. It is the largest nocturnal primate in the world. Local people on Madagascar greatly fear this animal and kill it if they can. They believe that aye-aye is a bad spirit and they will die if it appears in the village.

In fact, it is specialized in eating grubs, which it gets our of the holes in the wood by its long middle finger. It taps on the wood before and detects the grub with its huge ears. Aye-aye has always growing incisors which enable it to bite to the wood. Apart from insects, it eats also fruits and seeds and that is why it comes to the plantations. Nobody knows how many aye-ayes are left in the forest of Madagascar.

Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, RIP


This 2 May 2020 video says about itself:

Iconic Nigerian drummer dies: Tony Allen, a top Fela collaborator

Legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, who created afrobeat along with his old bandmate Fela Kuti, has died at the age of 79 in Paris, France.

Allen was the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti’s band Africa ’70 in the 1960s and 1970s.

During that time the pair created afrobeat, combining West African musical styles such as highlife and fuji music with American imports jazz and funk.

The duo recorded more than 30 albums together, before going their separate ways in the late Seventies. Tony Allen remained hugely influential and beloved by generations of musicians.

“Fela’s relationship with Tony Allen, who joined the Fela Ransome-Kuti Quintet in 1964, was one of permanent collaboration, for though Afrobeat was overwhelmingly Fela’s creation, Allen’s drum-patterns were signature ingredients.

“Allen was the anchorman of all Fela’s bands for fourteen years, as the Quintet morphed first into Koola Lobitos, then Nigeria 70, then Africa 70, and finally Afrika 70. Along with most of Fela’s musicians, he left Afrika 70 in 1978, triggering the formation of Egypt 80”, the Nigeria legend’s memorial website wrote about Allen.