Clumsy pine marten, video


This is a video about a pine marten in the Netherlands. It eats peanuts from a feeder, and nearly falls.

Kees van der Wal made the video.

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Great tit feeding, video


This video shows a great tit feeding on small invertebrates at a plant stem.

12-years-old Niklas Haverkate from the Netherlands made the video.

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Mute swan feeding, video


This video shows a mute swan feeding on water fern.

The video was made near Griendtsveen (Limburg province).

Jos Vroegrijk made the video.

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Little grebe with chick, video


This is a video about a little grebe with its chick.

The video was made at the Bodemven lake in Huis ter Heide in the Netherlands, by Christ Grootzwagers.

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Sea urchin video


This is a video about a sea urchin, filmed in Grevelingen lake in the Netherlands.

This specimen is a green sea urchin. Not poisonous, unlike some of its relatives in the Mediterranean.

Jos van Zijl made the video.

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Same-sex heron couple are good parents


This video is called Building a nest: black-crowned night heron.

Translated from Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands:

Chick grows up at lesbian black-crowned night heron parents’ nest

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 10:52

Two female black-crowned night herons decided a few weeks ago to build a nest together. They deposited in it nine unfertilized eggs, but still now they together bring up a chick in Amersfoort zoo.

The caretakers of the Amersfoort DierenPark have about two weeks ago put another couple’s chick in the nest of the two ladies. “The biological parents had two youngsters, but did not give them enough food,” said chief animal caretaker Bas Aalders. ”In order to ease the task of the parents, we have placed one youngster in another nest. Both chicks are growing well now.”

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Swallowtail, from chrysalis to butterfly


This video from the Netherlands is about a common yellow swallowtail‘s metamorphosis from pupa to butterfly.

Johan van Zijll made the video on 9 April 2014.

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Dutch wildcat on video for the first time


This is a video of a wildcat in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

After a long absence, this rare species is coming back to the Netherlands from Belgium and Germany. This is the first Dutch video about the wildcat’s return.

See also here.

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Cornell red-tailed hawk nest update


This video from the USA about red-tailed hawks says about itself:

27 March 2014

Big Red has been vocalizing for quite a long time, Ezra is perched atop Bradfield Hall but we cannot tell whether or not he is answering. Soon BR decides that the conversation is over and takes flight from the nest. Ezra then leaves Bradfield & takes over incubation duties on the nest. What a team they make!

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Guess When the Hawks Will Hatch!

With three warm eggs and a fortified stick nest, Big Red and Ezra are making steady progress toward hatching out a new set of nestlings in the next week. Red-tailed Hawk eggs usually take between 28 and 35 days to hatch, but the last two years the Cornell hawks incubated for longer durations: 38 days in 2012 and 39 in 2013. This year’s first egg was laid on March 19 at 1:11 P.M. EDT and this Friday, April 25, would be the 37th day since the first egg was laid, but it’s a new year and anybody’s guess when the eggs will begin hatching.

To add to the excitement of watching new life enter the world, we’re running a contest to see who can guess the hatch date and time of the first egg to the closest minute. “Hatch” for the purposes of the contest involves the first time that a chick’s complete head is visible and the cap is off the egg. The winner will receive a Cornell Lab starter kit (including a special edition Bird Cams notepad, thermal cooler, tote bag, coffee mug, journal and pen, plus a microfiber lens cloth cleaner), and everyone who enters can download a wallpaper closeup image of Big Red. Good luck!

Enter your guess now.

We’ll continue to post updates on the Bird Cams Facebook page and on Twitter at @birdcams.

Thank you for watching!

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Motmot, other rainforest wildlife in Costa Rica


Swallow-tailed kite, 20 March 2014

20 March 2014. After the morning, in the afternoon still around the Arenal volcano in Costa Rica. Two swallow-tailed kites flying near a restaurant.

Blue-and-yellow macaw, 20 March 2014

So does a blue-and-yellow macaw. It flies freely, but then sits on a fence, so close that it is probably a pet.

A bit further away, in a tree, its smaller relatives, crimson-fronted parakeets, are definitely not pets.

This video is called Canopy Tour near Arenal, Costa Rica.

We walk in a rainforest, where bridges as depicted in the video, span steep ravines along rivers. An opportunity to look at wildlife in the canopy … if you have no fear of heights.

Dull-mantled antbird, 20 March 2014

Near one of the smaller bridges, a dull-mantled antbird.

A crested guan.

Leaf-cutting ants.

A slaty-tailed trogon in a tree.

Arenal volcano, 20 March 2014

Still clouds around the top of the Arenal volcano, but less so than on some other days.

Rufous motmot, 20 March 2014

A rufous motmot. Costa Rica’s biggest motmot species.

Northern schiffornis, 20 March 2014

And a northern schiffornis. Not a colourful bird; but a rare bird, singing enthusiastically.

Northern schiffornis singing, 20 March 2014

A black-headed nightingale-thrush not far away on the footpath.

An ochre-bellied flycatcher.

Two piratic flycatchers in a tree near the parking lot.

Near the lake, the biggest kingfisher species of Costa Rica: a ringed kingfisher. It sits on a building, near a great egret on the bank.

Arenal bird list: here.

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