Starling bathing, video


This is a video of a starling bathing in the garden of Michael de Vries, in Ede, the Netherlands.

Good kingfisher news


This is a kingfisher video from Austria.

Dutch ornithologist Jelle Harder reports that in 1914 the number of kingfisher nests in the Gooi en Vechtstreek region rose from 11 to 41.

The 1914-1915 winter was not harsh. So, will 2015 be an even better year for kingfishers?

Good hazel dormouse news from the Netherlands


This is a hazel dormouse video.

Translated from the Dutch Mammal Society:

Friday, August 28th, 2015

In the extreme south of the country lives the hazel dormouse. This rare creature lives there hidden in forest edges with lots of blackberries and hazelnuts. In recent years, many protection measures have been taken to expand the habitat of the dormouse. In the Vijlenerbosch forest the Forestry Commission and the IKL have restored several hundred meters of forest edge to create space and light again for the hazel dormouse and on the premises of the Stichting Ark blackberries are encouraged. The dormice have been monitored for more than 20 years, making it clear that the dormouse has benefited greatly from all these actions, with a record number of nests in 2014 as a result. …

On all 48 routes where there was counting no less than 535 (!) nests were observed. A great result compared to previous years, where sometimes only 200 nests were counted.

Seal found in urban fresh water


This under water video is about common seals being fed at the shelter in Pieterburen, the Netherlands. The seals stay there until they are healthy enough to be freed again into the sea.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Seal in Oudegracht in Utrecht

The Oudegracht is a medieval, fresh water, canal in Utrecht city in the central Netherlands. Not close to the sea.

Today, 22:08

In the center of Utrecht a [common] seal has been found. The animal swam in the Oudegracht. It’s still a mystery how the seal ended up there.

It was removed from the water and is now in a dog cage in the police station, waiting until it will be brought to a shelter in Stellendam. There people will examine the seal’s health. …

A father and his daughter alerted the police who went to take a look. The seal had then passed to the bank to rest. There it was caught.

Update 28 August 2015: things go well for the seal.

Basking shark off California, USA


This video from the USA says about itself:

On May 5, 2012 our whale watching boat, Manute’a, encountered a rare Basking Shark off the coast of Dana Point. The animal was estimated to be about 20 feet long. These plankton eating sharks are the second largest fish in the world; only a whale shark is bigger. Whale watchers were awestruck when this huge shark turned and swam right up next to the boat!

New springtail species discoveries in the Netherlands


This 2010 video is about springtails, taken from the BBC’s Life in the Undergrowth documentary series.

Translated from the Dutch entomologists of EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten:

Monday, August 24th, 2015

During an inventory of the Drents-Friese Wold no fewer than five species of springtails, new for our country, were found. Also 19 species that had not been previously reported for Friesland province and 15 species that had not been reported for the province of Drenthe. With this finding, the number of species of springtails occurring in the Netherlands is 249! Members of the Dutch Entomological Society, where insects lovers meet each other, identified last summer 1329 species of insects and other invertebrates in different areas of the Drents-Friese Wold. Recently an article was published about the insects of the Drents-Friese Wold near Appelscha in Entomologische Berichten.

The five species, new for the Netherlands, are: Ceratophysella scotica, Isotomurus unifasciatus, Pachyotoma crassicauda, Isotoma caerulea and Proisotoma subminuta.