Birds, seal, and Vliehors poems of Vlieland

This 2011 video is about travelling from Texel island to the Vliehors, the western part of Vlieland island in the Netherlands. First by ship, then by passenger transport truck, the Vliehors Expres; then, back by ship again.

The Vliehors is one of the biggest sand plains in Europe.

After 28 September came 29 September 2015 for us on Vlieland.

Jackdaw, 29 September 2015

In the morning, we went north to the North Sea beach. There is a restaurant there. It attracted this jackdaw.

House sparrow, Vlieland, 29 September 2015

And this house sparrow.

On the beach, herring gulls.

Sandwich terns, 29 September 2015

Close to the beach, four Sandwich terns flying over the North Sea. Probably preparing for autumn migration to Africa.

Vliehors Express tyres, 29 September 2015

In the afternoon, we went to the Vliehors, by Vliehors Expres truck.

Vliehors Express tyres poem, 29 September 2015

The tyres of the Vliehors Expres write two-line poems in the sand. Every now and then, a new short poem replaces the previous short poem on the tyres.

The Vliehors Expres was full of people. Including an accordion player. Among the songs he played was The Wild Rover from Ireland. And John Brown’s Body from the USA.

This music video from the USA is called Pete Seeger: John Brown’s Body.

As the Vliehors Expres continued on the beach, herring gulls and lesser black-backed gulls. And some great black-backed gulls. And great cormorants.

We reached the Vliehors. And then, its Wadden Sea side, where we stopped.

Eider duck male, 29 September 2015

A young male eider duck swam there.

Harbour seal, 29 September 2015

And minutes later, a harbour seal.

Vliehors, 29 September 2015

Not far away, the landing for the ship from Texel.

Vliehors, shipwrecked people's shelter, 29 September 2015

The truck continued to a wooden building, originally built for shipwrecked sailors. However, 1953 was the last time a shipwrecked person used it. It is now a sort of beachcombers‘ open air museum.

Then, we went back to the ‘jackdaw’ restaurant at the north-eastern North Sea beach.

On a jetty, a sanderling between ruddy turnstones.

Great cormorant, 29 September 2015

On another jetty, this great cormorant.

Mute swan bathing, video

This video is about a male mute swan bathing in a ditch in Leeuwarden, Friesland province, the Netherlands.

Marjo Steffen made this video.

Starlings gather near coast, video

This video shows thousands of starlings, gathering on mud flats near Oostvoorne in the Netherlands.

They will eat a bit more, and then they will fly to their roost to sleep.

Monique Smulders made this video.

Grey heron eats vole, video

In this video, a grey heron eats a vole.

Ivan Kertai made this video in Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands.

Big yellow-browed warbler migration on Texel island

This video says about itself:

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

Also known as Inornate Warbler. Filmed at Doi Ang Khang, Thailand, on 4th March 2013.

For information about the status and distribution of this species see the BirdLife International fact-sheet.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Last week at least a hundred were seen on Texel, in the dunes, in Oosterend, in Den Hoorn and Den Burg: yellow-browed warbler! This small songbird is spotted every year on the island during the fall migration, but never as many as this year, says Adriaan Dijksen of the Vogelwerkgroep Texel.

Bird crime in Britain, new film

This video says about itself:

Poached – Official Film Trailer

27 August 2015

Poached reveals the underworld of illegal bird egg collecting by following convicted egg offenders as they evade an army of bird lovers and wildlife crime police while beginning to realize the destructiveness of their obsession. Sign up for updates at to find out when the film will be in your area.

Poached exposes an obsession that can wipe out species of birds: illegal egg collecting. Egg thieves rob the nests of rare birds while a United Kingdom national police initiative named “Operation Easter” tries to stop them. The thieves are motivated not by money but by desire for the beauty of the egg and the thrill of the chase. Thousands of eggs confiscated in police raids have been found strapped under beds, beneath floorboards, and in secret rooms. With unprecedented access to the most notorious and inconspicuous perpetrators, Poached delves into the psychology of the egg collectors as they confront their obsession.

This film is at the Wildlife Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Wildlife in Dutch Groningen park, film

This video is the trailer of the nature documentary film about the Noorderplantsoen park in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands.

The organisers of the Wildlife Film Festival in Rotterdam write about it:

The Noorderplantsoen represents the green heart of Groningen, The Netherlands. This unique park, styled like an English landscape garden, offers citizens ease and joy and is a home to many animals. Most visitors are unaware of how nature takes its course right at their doorstep. Animals that have adapted thrive in our cities, allowing a peek in their life history for those who are observant.

To the animals the urban environment is just as wild as any other, confronted with all its coherent ordeals. This film is about the survival of the common moorhen, the coot and other inhabitants of the park, showing quite some unexpected turns. During WFFR Hilco Jansma has another film that will be screened: the short A Leap of Frog.