Red-necked grebe video

This video is about a red-necked grebe, in Starrevaart nature reserve in the Netherlands.

Ab van der Burg made this video.

Adders’ mating season dance, video

This video shows male adders ‘dancing’ during the mating season.

The snake able to continue dancing for the longest time will mate with the female.

Tonny Groenhof-de Jager from the Netherlands made this 2 May 2016 video.

Booted eagle, great spotted cuckoo, whinchat in Spain

Hoopoe, 21 April 2016

After 20 April 2016 came 21 April 2016. Probably the highlight of our stay in beautiful Extremadura in Spain. The day we saw this hoopoe.

Before that, at a filling station, a black kite, a house martin and a great egret flying.

We went to the Belén steppes (east of Trujillo).

Two lakelets. In the first lakelet, two black-winged stilts. In the second lakelet behind it, a cattle egret. And a female northern wheatear on the bank.

A barn swallow.

A crested lark on a fence. Spotless starlings.

Then, the hoopoe I mentioned. On the same pile of rocks, a little owl as well.

Corn bunting, 21 April 2016

A corn bunting on a fence.

Corn bunting on rock, 21 April 2016

And a corn bunting on a rock.

Then, a booted eagle flying. It tries to catch a hoopoe; in vain.

Booted eagle with hoopoe, 21 April 2016

However, a second booted eagle does catch a second hoopoe.

Crested lark, 21 April 2016

Then, a crested lark on a fence along the road.

Great spotted cuckoo, 21 April 2016

Another bird on the fence on the other side of the road. A really special bird: a great spotted cuckoo. This species is only rarely seen, so we are lucky. They are bigger than common cuckoos. Like their relatives, great spotted cuckoos are nest parasites. But contrary to their relatives, young great spotted cuckoos don’t chuck out the eggs of their hosts. According to recent research, having a young great spotted cuckoo in one’s nest may even benefit carrion crows. On the Belén plain are no carrion crows. Great spotted cuckoo females here lay their eggs in eg, the nests of common magpies.

Whinchat, 21 April 2016

When we look to the fence on the other side again, a male whinchat sits there.

A short-toed snake eagle flying.

A red kite.

Spanish sparrows on a fence.

On a tree, scores of bee-eaters; and jackdaws as well.

A white stork on a meadow.

A calandra lark on a dirt road.

On the next meadow, three griffon vultures and two cinereous vultures.

Flowers, 21 April 2016

And let us also not forget the many spring flowers of the Belén steppe.

Stay tuned, for more Extremadura birds!

Barn swallow nest, slow motion video

This video from Britain says about itself:

5 May 2016

Swallows‘ Nest at Hayle Bird Hide – Birds Flying in Slow Motion

Video Produced by Paul Dinning – Wildlife in Cornwall

Bees in insect hotel, video

This video from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

May 2, 2016

Ton Esmeijer made an insect hotel where builder bees lay their eggs. They close the stem openings with a mixture of sand and saliva.

Baby foxes saved

This video by Jarinka Heijink from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

“Last Thursday I was walking in the forest when I suddenly saw a young red fox of 2-3 weeks old. Because it was so young and weak and I heard more foxes further away in a grove, I called the animal ambulance. They came to the conclusion that probably the mother fox had died, and the baby foxes went looking for food outside the den. We found four fox cubs. The employees of Dierenambulance Lower Rhine have taken the foxes to a shelter, so they can safely convalesce.

The video shows two of the four cubs and is very special because they do not come out of the den normally at this age.”

Jarinka has let us know that things now go well for the foxes.

They will be freed when they will be old enough to survive in the wild.

Pre-dinosaur footprint discovery in Spain

This video about Spain is called Hiker gets the shock of his life after stumbling across 230 million-year-old [pre-]dinosaur footprint.

By Lee Moran:

Hiker Happens Upon Prehistoric Footprint Of 230-Million-Year-Old Reptile

The fossil features details of the dinosaur-like creature’s claw and skin.

05/03/2016 08:38 am ET

It’s a trek that they’ll never forget.

A hiker walking in hills near Barcelona, northeastern Spain, stumbled upon a fossilized footprint believed to belong to a reptile-like ancestor of the dinosaurs. The extinct creature, called Isochirotherium, roamed the Earth during the Middle Triassic period some 230 million years ago.

It’s the “best preserved print ever found in the Iberian Peninsula,” reports the Spanish news agency EFE.

Catalonia’s autonomous regional government confirmed the find on Monday. It was discovered near Olesa de Montserrat, 25 miles north of Barcelona, on Apr. 22.

Olesa de Montserrat town council made a plaster cast of the print, according to the local newspaper La Vanguardia. The regional Department of Culture’s archaeology and paleontology service is examining the fossilized print.

Eudald Mujal, a paleontologist at Barcelona’s Autonomous University, said it was “exceptionally well preserved” and even “retains details of claw and skin.”

He told The Local that the now Isochirotherium was part of the archosaur group of animals. They were “similar to crocodiles, of quadrupedal gait, but with longer limbs,” and a more erect posture Mujal, said.