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Little egret feeding, video

This video is about a little egret, catching small fish.

17-year-old Niels Schild made this video near Kruibeke, along the Scheldt river, not far from Antwerp in Belgium.

‘Police involved in racist gun attack on Minnesota #BlackLivesMatter’

This CNN video from Minnesota in the USA says about itself:

Raeisha Williams: Police are ‘behind’ the shooting of BLM protesters

24 November 2015

Jamar Clark: Witnesses tell how ‘white supremacists’ opened fire on Black Lives Matter protesters. Five people were taken to hospital after being hit in a flurry of gunfire: here.

By David Edwards in the USA:

Minnesota NAACP leader shocks CNN: Police are ‘behind’ the Black Lives Matter shooting

24 Nov 2015 at 15:52 ET

Raeisha Williams, communications chair of the Minneapolis NAACP, told CNN that members of law enforcement were “behind” the Monday night shooting of Black Lives Matter protesters.

During an interview on Tuesday, CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Williams to react to breaking news that two men had been arrested in connection to shootings that injured at least five people who were protesting the killing of Jamar Clark.

“We’re hearing two [arrests] at this time,” Williams explained. “But we don’t necessarily trust that. We know that the police department is behind this, this is our personal belief after receiving witness accounts.”

“Wait, wait, wait,” Baldwin interrupted. “You said you believe the police department is behind what?”

“We believe the police department is facilitating the injustice, bullying the protesters,” Williams replied. “And we also believe that they’re involved in this shooting. We know from blackboards and chat rooms and also videos that we have posted on our website that police that are from different counties, police from different districts have come down to entice the protesters, have come down to bully the protesters.”

Baldwin, who was broadcasting from Paris, noted that Williams had made “serious allegations” on national television.

“And we are standing behind it, we do not back down from these allegations,” Williams insisted.

“Where is your evidence that they were involved in the shooting?” Baldwin pressed.

According to Williams, police were “lurking” near the shooting and then refused to provide help to the injured protesters.

“This is what you’ve been wanting,” she recalled one of the officers saying.

“It took 15 minutes for the police to even arrive and shortly after that, they began to Mace the crowd,” Williams said. “So if you’re not part of the problem, if this is not something you’re trying to cover up, why would you not attend to victims who paid for your salaries?”

Williams said that her group had “video evidence of an undercover cop getting into an unmarked car.”

“We believe — and we stand behind our belief — that the Minneapolis Police Department is not protecting us and therefore they stand with racist white supremacists who want to destroy a peaceful movement,” she concluded.

Bug sucks crane fly dry, video

This video is about a bug sucking a crane fly dry.

André van Calsbeek from Friesland in the Netherlands made this video.

Bar-headed goose among grey lag relatives, video

This video shows a bar-headed goose (rare in the Netherlands) among a grey lag geese flock in nature reserve het Beleven near Reusel village in Noord Brabant province in the Netherlands.

Fred van Hoof made the video.

North Sea, Scotland, Iceland wildlife highlights

This video is called Barrow’s goldeneye (species of duck found in northwestern USA).

In Europe, Barrow’s goldeneyes live only in Iceland.

This blog has already posted about a sea journey, from Iceland to the Faeroe islands, to Fair Isle and the Isle of May in Scotland, across the North Sea to Zeeland province in the Netherlands. This was 19-28 September 2015.

Highlights of that journey were:

Barrow’s goldeneyes, harlequin ducks, great northern divers, gyrfalcons, ptarmigan and northern lights in Iceland.

13 species of marine mammals, including:

30 fin whales
9 humpback whales
1 blue whale
25 orcas


10,000’s of fulmars
60 sooty shearwaters
25 storm petrels
Blyth’s reed warbler, common rosefinch and yellow-browed warblers during landing on Fair Isle
Yellow-browed warbler at sea and on board the ship