Ladybugs mating, video

This video shows a ladybug couple mating on a compost container in the Netherlands.

Pieter Vonk made this video.

Wood pigeon bathing, video

This video is about a bathing wood pigeon.

Anneke Koster made this video of the bird, bathing on the roof of her next door neighbour in the Netherlands.

Goldfinches feed on thistle seeds, video

This video shows goldfinches feeding on thistle seeds.

Gerrie van der Meulen from the Netherlands made this video.

Dutch wigeon saved from shooting

This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

The Eurasian Wigeon is in the winter the second most numerous duck in the Netherlands. Here in the lake of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. The males of the Eurasian Wigeons can be recognized by their orange red head with a yellow forehead. On the chest is a portion of salmon pink and the back is grey. The rear part is black. Females are mostly brown. The sound of the males is a high characteristic “piiew piiew”. This distinctive call has given the bird the nickname “whistling duck”. The wintering area is among others the Netherlands. In the summer they breed in Scandinavia and Siberia.

Translated from BirdLife in the Netherlands:

Monday, July 27, 2015

Last winter thousands of wigeon have been saved “saved” in North Holland province. The province had issued permits to dislodge wigeon while shooting many of them. BirdLife and local bird groups had raised objections. The court had ruled already that no wigeon should be shot there. Now, the province has also upheld our objections.

Aardvark baby born at Dutch zoo

This video says about itself:

5 January 2015

As the sun sinks over the African savannah, a whole new set of animals sniff the breeze, emerging from their hiding places, ready to begin their day. The Aardvark is one such creature. Shy, secretive, and just plain bizarre, these seldom seen myrmecophages begin their nightly venture into the black night. Join us as we follow one of these mysterious earth movers on its nightly sojourn into the African wild.

A week ago, a baby aardvark was born in Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. This happens only rarely. Media were told about it only today, because aardvarks often die during or just after birth.

Griffon vulture visits Vlieland island

This 3 August 2015 video, by warden Carl Zuhorn, shows a griffon vulture on a black pine tree on Vlieland island in the Netherlands. A carrion crow tries to drive the vulture away; but the big bird hardly pays any attention.

This video shows the same vulture, also on 3 August 2015, at the Vierboetsduin dune on Vlieland.

Griffon vultures are rare in the Netherlands. This individual has a yellow colour ring with number RO4. That proved that the vulture came all the way from Spain, where it had fledged last year. It had been on Texel island before going further north to Vlieland.

Vlieland warden Anke Bruin writes that the last news is that the bird was seen near Kroon’s polders on Vlieland. Maybe it will feed on dead gulls: in August, quite some young gulls die from natural causes.

Whale in Buenos Aires, Argentina

This video says about itself:

Whale ‘moves in’ to luxury Buenos Aires dockside neighbourhood

3 August 2015

Residents of a luxury dockside neighbourhood in Buenos Aires have welcomed an unexpected new neighbour – a whale.

People from across the city have gathered at the Puerto Madero dockland in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the mammal, swimming between the moored boats.

This 3 August 2015 video is called Argentina: Hundreds gather to watch whale swim in Buenos Aires marina.

From the BBC:

Whale swims into Buenos Aires marina

4 August 2015

Residents of an upmarket neighbourhood in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires welcomed a surprise guest when a whale swam into a city marina.

The creature was seen surfacing amongst the luxury yachts in Puerto Madero, with hundreds lining up for a glimpse.

A local police boat later tried to lure the whale to the Rio de la Plata river, which connects with the Atlantic.

Experts have suggested the animal was most likely a cub separated from its herd.

“Unusual yes, I’ve never seen one in Puerto Madero,” said one resident.

“It’s really sad,” a local bank worker told the Associated Press. “This is not its natural habitat. The poor whale is clearly lost.”

A specialist looking at the numerous images on social media identified it as a minke whale, warning [in] La Nacion (in Spanish) freshwater would damage its health.

But Mariano Sironi, scientific director of the Whale Conservation Institute in Argentina, told AP he thought it was more likely to be a humpback whale.