English Derby Cathedral peregrine falcons’ first egg


This video from Britain is called Derby Cathedral, 3rd egg for the Peregrine Falcons. 02 04 2014.

From the Derby Telegraph in England:

Derby Cathedral’s famous falcons lay their first egg

By Caroline Jones

Posted: March 29, 2015

WEBCAM viewers have all over the world watched as Derby Cathedral’s famous peregrine falcons laid their first egg of the year.

It is the 10th year this pair of peregrines has nested on the 16th-century tower of the cathedral.

The egg was laid at 2.12pm today.

“The first egg this year is the 36th that the female has laid. We expect that she will lay a further three eggs to complete her clutch.”

He said: “Eggs are usually laid at about two day intervals and incubation, which will last 30-35 days, begins only when the clutch is complete.

Peregrines don’t breed until they are at least two or three years old, so our pair are now over 12 years old. They certainly make excellent parents.

“They begin courting in February each year with the first egg being laid either in late March or early April. The earliest egg was laid on March 23 2010, the latest on April 4 2013. This year she has laid on the same day as she did last year”.

The Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project is managed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with Derby Cathedral, Derby City Council (who host the web cams) and Cathedral Quarter.

Bumblebee queen on flowers and at nest, video


This video shows a large earth bumblebee queen on crocus flowers and at work at her underground nest in the Netherlands.

Bar-headed geese flying over the Himalayas, video


This National Geographic video says about itself:

Birds of a Feather | The Himalayas

24 March 2015

Bar-headed geese are the highest-flying birds in the world. But their amazing ability comes at a price. THE HIMALAYAS AIRS SUNDAY MARCH 29 at 9P.

Arctic tern research in Svalbard, update


This video shows Dr Maarten Loonen, Arctic tern researcher at Groningen university in the Netherlands. In Svalbard, he holds Arctic tern Guusje, the first tern provided with a geolocator in Dr Loonen’s Arctic tern migration research on Spitsbergen island. If the glue of the ring around Guusje’s leg will be dry, then she will be released, to (probably) travel all the way to the Antarctic, and back to the Arctic.

The 39 terns provided with geolocators on Spitsbergen in 2013 have been named by 39 sponsors in a crowdfunding scheme. That scheme is now finished.

Of the 39 2013 geolocator Arctic terns, 13 individuals were caught again at the same nesting colony in Spitsbergen in 2014. The majority of the 2013 terns had not returned to the nesting site, as it suffered much from Arctic foxes stealing eggs.

The Arctic tern Beauty had already been ringed and provided with a geolocator in 2012; this bird was caught again in 2013, but not in 2014.

Names of the terns ringed in 2013 and recaptured in 2014: Anke, Benji, Henk de Groot, Inky, Jacobird, Jan Pier, Karmijn, Lubbe, Marjolein, Mystic, NoorDrenthe, Suzanne, Tom.

Names of the terns, ringed in 2013, and not caught again in 2014: Angelo, Annelies, Arctic Jewel, BenJeanette, Berna, Ellen, Flo, Frederico Segundo, Gerie, Gerrit de Veer, Guusje, Herman, Hidde, Imiqutailaq, Joanne, Jonathan, Krukel 1, Maamke, Maarten, Meliora, Riiser-Larsen, Ruth, SolarAccess, Stirns, Suzanne, Viti.

In 2014, also 18 Arctic terns nesting in Groningen province, in the Eemshaven harbour, in the Netherlands have been provided with geolocators.

This video by Maarten Loonen says about itself:

9 June 2013

I am joining Derick Hiemstra and Klaas van Dijk in the Eemshaven to observe and ring Arctic Terns. In this industrial area, activity is low and Arctic Terns have started breeding. On this location the world champions [in] migration distance were equipped with a geolocator two years ago and recaught one year ago. Today Derick and Klaas are doing their normal checks. They read colour rings but also metal rings from terns. Then we continue catching and ringing some breeding pairs. All this is part of my preparation for this summer field season on Spitsbergen.

20 Arctic terns nesting in the White Sea region in Russia got geolocators in 2014 as well.

Snipe video


This video shows a Gallinago gallinago, a snipe, in nature reserve De Wilck in the Netherlands, 24 March 2015.

Adri de Groot made this video.

New book about owls


This video is called True Facts About The Owl.

From The Sound Approach site:

Undiscovered owls – Magnus Robb and the Sound Approach invite you into the mysterious, magical and twilight world of owls.

Undiscovered owls will be available to purchase in April 2015, however you can PRE-PURCHASE your copy NOW and have it delivered the moment it arrives at Sound Approach HQ.

Explore the twilight world of owls that you can hear in your garden, the park or woods with this lyrical investigation into their sounds. Listen to previously unpublished digital stereo recordings of the owls of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, illustrated with annotated sonograms. Enjoy paintings and photographs, often of the individuals recorded. Learn how to research into evolution, behaviour and sounds invite us to recognise a dozen new owl species.

Share the thrill of closing in on a huge fish owl found only a handful of times before, the rarest owl in our region. Travel to rugged desert mountains, where the authors chanced upon a previously undiscovered owl, the first new Arabian bird species for nearly 80 years. Learn to listen like an owl and maybe you could find the next one.

Brought to you by the team of obsessives that produced Petrels night and day.

Giant manta ray at play, video


This video, recorded off Peru, says about itself:

Curious giant manta ray surprises manta researcher! The manta researcher was collecting a photo ID, used to monitor population trends that can help identify the effects of fishing pressure on this population of manta rays.

Full story here.

See also here.