Bird nest webcams

This 30 March 2017 video from Denmark is about the grey heron bringing food to its babies.

From BirdLife:

24 June 2017

Big Brother is BIRD-Watching YOU!

By Iván Ramírez

Nature is but a click away with these amazing live bird cams run by BirdLife’s partners across Europe & Central Asia. Storks, eagles, kestrels – you name it! Our Head of Conservation, Iván Ramírez tells us more…

Young birders in the making

Last weekend, I took my little kids for a walk in a nearby forest. We were on a mission: we had to identify at least 10 different species of animals and 5 different plants, and I had an enticing prize to offer: an early swim in the river. As we left the car and started walking – binoculars, guides and very sleepy eyes included – we talked about everything we were seeing around us. Or I should say, rather, I (tried) to answer every single question they had…about everything. ‘What is that tree?’ ‘Can we climb it?’ ‘What is that bird?’ ‘Can I lift that stone?’ ‘What is that bug?’ ‘What does it eat?’… If you have kids, you know what it is like…let’s just say that by the twenty-fifth question your brain is completely fried and starts sending contradictory messages…asking yourself why on earth you decided to go for this walk…while loving every single minute of it.

Back to nature

Being in the great outdoors – getting dirty, cold and sweaty…going wild – is one of our ancestral rights. Connecting to our common ground is as important as trying to understand it. And so, while I answered their questions, I also put many more to them, and to myself too. In just an hour, we identified our 10 animals and 5 plants, and many more, and they were exhausted. We went to the river and enjoyed the cold mountain stream, but they kept asking for more. Since it was too hot to walk again, I grabbed my smartphone and searched the internet for some of the live bird cams that I knew of. Their reaction amazed me: glued to the screen, open happy eyes full of excitement.

Technology in flight

We all know how technology is changing the way we see, study and enjoy nature. We are now able to deploy miniaturised data-loggers that tell us where some of the rarest birds travel to, like the amazing journey of the Sociable lapwing. We can identify deforestation or droughts using satellites, and we have even experienced the flight ‘on-board’ an Atlantic gannet. We live in an the age of selfies and Instagram stories, at a time where anyone can fly a drone with their own mobile phone…and we naturalists are no different than others. Technology is here, let’s use it wisely. As an example, back in 2014, the U.S. National Park Service banned recreational drones in all of its national parks, largely to protect wildlife. But drones are also being used to monitor breeding birds…you see?

Live cams: the missing link?

So let’s go back to our mountain river, the smartphone and just how engaging a live cam can be. Right now, when millennials are increasingly disconnected from non-connected environments, technology and remote cameras could be our missing link.

Have you ever tried to bring a Black vulture to your kids’ school? Have you tried to show them how fascinating a seabird can be at night? It is all in your hands now, and we are bringing you here the latest, most updated list of our BirdLife partners’ live cameras for you to pick and enjoy.

These cameras are not fulfilling George Orwell’s 1984 allegory, but using technology for a truly positive and inspirational purpose. They have been set up so we can share our admiration of nature, and to allow those who cannot travel the chance to explore, to feel, to respect.

Have you ever been in the middle of a forest in Estonia talking to your three brothers as Black storks do? Want to feel like a kestrel arriving home? Bear the Israeli heat like Short-toed eagles?

So take a tour, watch the live feeds and admire nature from your home screen. But please remember, don’t let Big Brother win – as soon as you can, grab your walking shoes and, literally, go wild! Remember that wildness is what challenges us, so no need to climb peaks or sky-dive, just look to your nearby garden, forest…and remember there is a refreshing swim in a mountain river waiting for you.

Iván Ramírez – Head of Conservation, BirdLife Europe & Central Asia

Our Partners’ Bird Cams – Live from the Nest!

*Note: Many of these live ‘nest’ cams are seasonal, operating until the young chicks have fledged.

The following list is the most up-to-date list of our partners’ cameras currently in operation, but live broadcasts will end as the season draws to a close.

So hurry up and get watching or you’ll have to wait until next year!

DOF – Denmark

White-tailed eagles

Grey herons

Eagle owls

EOS – Estonia

Black storks

Ospreys (1)

Ospreys (2)

Grey Heron colony

NABU – Germany

White storks

Common kestrel (Hamburg)

Common kestrel (Berlin)

Cormorant colonies

GONHS – Gibraltar

Pallid swifts (operated by the Dept. of Environment, Gibraltar)

MME – Hungary

European roller

Black storks

Fuglavernd – Iceland


SPNI – Israel

Short-toed eagle

LOB – Latvia

European roller

LOD – Lithuania

Common kestrel

VBN – Netherlands

Reedwarbler nest

NOF – Norway (in partnership with Zooom)

Garden birds

SPEA – Portugal

Shag (Berlengas Islands)

Cory’s shearwater (Corvo Island)

Cory’s shearwater (Berlengas Islands)

SEO/BirdLife – Spain

Peregrine Falcon

White stork

Black Vulture

SOS/BirdLife Slovakia

White storks

Facebook censoring feminism

British Matchwomen's Festival

After Facebook banning a famous Vietnam war atrocity photobanning women’s reproductive rights information … etc. Meanwhile, eg, the Dutch Nederlandse Volks-Unie neonazis are free to spout racism, sexism, marches promoting that, etc. on their Facebook page.

By Ben Chacko in Britain:

Facebook censoring feminism with ban on mentioning women, say activists

Friday 23rd June 2017

Bid to promote the Matchwomen’s festival falls foul of bizarre social media post guidelines

FACEBOOK stands accused of censoring feminist content after one of London’s most popular left festivals was barred from promoting its page on the site.

The annual Matchwomen’s festival commemorates the 1888 strike by women and girls at the Bryant & May match factory. This week it tried to boost the page inviting people to attend this year’s event, which takes place on July 1 in Camden — only to be refused.

Bewildered organiser Louise Raw was told Facebook would not promote pages that contain “profanity, harassment, or references to your audience’s personal characteristics (such as gender, race, age or name)” — and the page’s repeated use of the term “women” fell foul of the condition, even though it makes clear that men and children are equally welcome to attend.

“I can appreciate that Facebook would want to ban white supremacist events, but their ruling that ads must not mention gender, race or age means that Women of Colour would not be able to promote self-contained events, nor women who want a female-only safe space event for example for victims of abuse or rape,” she pointed out.

“It would presumably rule out the WASPI women’s pension campaign if they wanted to promote something relevant to the women affected.

“Meanwhile I can find no evidence that Facebook has an issue with events with all male or all-white panels.”

Academic and activist Dana Mills said it was “troubling” that Facebook was censoring left events “under the guise of anti-sectarianism.

“This merely furthers injustice and consolidates the Establishment narrative. What a shame that an event celebrating a successful strike that has made life better for women and men ever since is perceived as threatening and provokes censorship.”

And NUT executive member Kiri Tunks was appalled by the social media giant’s stance.

“How can minority or oppressed groups self-organise if they are barred from naming the basis of their oppression?” she asked.

“This event is about educating people on the amazing role played by women in establishing the labour movement, and we can’t talk about that?

“Young women rose up, took on a patriarchal system and won, and now women are being written out of history.

“Would they apply the same principle to the ‘personal characteristic’ of race? Would they agree with the critics who snipe that the Black Lives Matter movement should rename itself All Lives Matter, though that fails to recognise the particular oppression black people face and therefore prevents them from challenging it?”

Facebook had not responded to a request for comment by the time the Morning Star went to press.

2016-2017 Tag, thanks Dolly!

2016-2017 Tag

My dear blogging friend Dolly of the koolkosherkitchen blog has nominated visitors to her award blog post, including Dear Kitty. Some blog for the 2016-2017 Tag.

Thank you for this kind gesture! It is a new tag/award for me.

Though 2017 New Year was already six months ago, it is a fun tag.

This tag was created by Davide from theguywhosaidalwaysno blog.

The rules of this tag are:

1. Mention the creator of the tag. Done!
2. Use the image in the article.
3. Mention the blogger(s) who have chosen you.
4. Answer the questions.
5. Tag 9 other bloggers and let them know.

The questions are:

1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words

Texel. Beninger Slikken.

2. Write the names of two people who have characterised your 2016:

My dear love in a positive sense.
Donald Trump in a negative sense.

3. Write the most beautiful place you visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much:

Extremadura in Spain. Where I saw so many beautiful birds, from great bustards to small larks.

4. Write about the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016:


5. Write about the event which has marked you in 2016?

War in Yemen, and corporate media failure to report on it.

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want to link a photo.

My new binoculars. I don’t have a photo of them.

7. Write three good intentions for this 2017:

a. Go to Cuba and see the world’s smallest bird. Done!

b. Go to Cuba and see the old city centre of Havana. Done!

c. Go to Cuba and see the Cuban tody. Done!

8. Write one place you want to visit in 2017:

Cuba. Done!

9. Write one plate/food you want to eat in 2017:

Vegetarian poké bowl.

I nominate:


2. Sparkle With UC

3. Raymond FANTASTische Horstman

4. Matt Noble


6. muzikophile

7. Stitch & Shizzle

8. Charme Haut

9. vengodalmare

British Conservatives threaten Grenfell Tower blogger for fire disaster warning

This video from Britain says about itself:

14 June 2017

LONDON fire action group posted warning on Grenfell Tower

An action group predicted the Grenfell Tower fire was an accident waiting to happen four years ago but claim their warnings fell on deaf ears.

The fire service confirmed this morning there had been a number of fatalities in the horrific blaze which was reported just after 1am today thought to have been caused by an exploding fridge.

It engulfed the 27-storey building where 600 people were said to be living in 120 rooms …

Grenfell Action Group said: ‘Watching breaking news about the Grenfell Tower fire catastrophe. Too soon to even guess at numbers of casualties and fatalities.

‘We have posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere in [Conservative oparty ruled] Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC).

‘All our warnings fell on deaf ears. This was inevitable and just a matter of time.’

The group had been posting about their concerns of tower block‘s safety regularly calling for it to be torn down before it went up in flames in the early hours of this morning in White City.

Grenfell Tower is council-owned but the management of the building is down to an independent company – the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO).

Construction on the flats started in 1972 and was finished in 1974 when it was under complete council control, but in 1996, the KCTMO was handed the contract to manage the tower block.

A council spokeswoman told MailOnline: ‘The Council still owns the properties and retains responsibility for strategic housing policies and homeless people.

‘The relationship between the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) and the Council is governed by a management agreement, which covers all areas of the landlord business.

‘Whilst the KCTMO still enjoys a close working relationship with the Council, it is a completely separate company.’

Robert Black is the company’s Chief Executive Officer and he took office in 2009 having previously worked as Executive Director of Service at Circle Anglia for five years where he was responsible for services for 45,000 homes across seven companies including asset management.

Barbara Matthews is the Executive Director of Financial Services and ICT, Yvonne Birch is the Executive Director of People and Performance and Sacha Jevans is the Executive Director of Operations.

They are the four most senior members of KCTMO and according to papers seen by MailOnline, they earned £650,000 between them last year.

All four have been contacted individually by MailOnline and the company has been asked to make a comment, but nobody was available to do so.

Chillingly, back in November, while addressing the … Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), the group wrote: ‘It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders.’

The action group believe the KCTMO have no business to be charged with the responsibility of looking after the every day management of large scale social housing estates.

‘Unfortunately, the Grenfell Action Group have reached the conclusion that only an incident that results in serious loss of life of KCTMO residents will allow the external scrutiny to occur that will shine a light on the practices that characterise the malign governance of this non-functioning organisation.’

The tower block underwent a £10million refurbishment which was completed in May last year, and improvements included the installation of insulated exterior cladding, new double glazed windows and a new communal heating system.

The two year project, which was designed and delivered by KCTMO in partnership with Rydon Construction, was a complex one as it took place with all 120 flats occupied throughout the time period.

Rydon turns over a massive £270million by carrying out development, maintenance and management throughout England.

Talking of the refurbishment, Robert Black, KCTMO’s Chief Executive, said: ‘We’re delighted to have worked in partnership with the Council to deliver this major regeneration of the tower. …’

More than one resident has claimed that there was no central fire alarm system for the tower block – or it had failed – and only smoke alarms in individual flats were working.


Blogger gagged by [Conservative] council after warning about Grenfell Tower fire threat

14 June, 2017 16:09

A blogger who warned the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council of the dangers lurking in Grenfell Tower was threatened by local officials for writing about problems in the building.

Home to over 600 people, Grenfell Tower, in the Lancaster West estate, west London, was engulfed in flames in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The true scale of the tragedy is only gradually becoming clear.

As early as 2013, a man named Francis O’Connor, a member of the Grenfell Action Group (GAG), urged councillors and landlord Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization (KCTMO) to address the fire safety risks that new works on the building would cause.

GAG had several times tried to warn the council and the landlord that the building of a [private] school and gym next to the estate would restrict emergency services’ access, including firefighting vehicles.

But a leaked letter reveals that officials at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea tried to silence the campaigners, sending a lawyer to threaten O’Connor.

“I am instructed that you previously posted blogs that have in general been critical of everything that takes place at Lancaster West in relation to the Kensington Academy Leisure Centre and investment on the estate,” solicitor Vimal Sarna wrote to O’Connor in July 2013.

It then instructs the group to delete the blog – an order the group did not follow.

In 2016, an article on the blog chillingly predicts that only a tragedy would bring serious attention to the tower’s problems.

“It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders,” the post reads.

“It is our conviction that a serious fire in a tower block or similar high density residential property is the most likely reason that those who wield power at the KCTMO will be found out and brought to justice!”

But the scandal seems to reach beyond local council remit, as the Mirror reports that former Housing Minister Brandon Lewis “sat on” information about the several fire risks in buildings such as Grenfell Tower.

According to the newspaper, Lewis did not take action on safety irregularities on tower blocks over 30 meters tall because it could “discourage building.” Instead he shrugged off suggestions that sprinklers should be installed in the block. Other ministers are believed to have also known about the damning evidence.

Grenwell Tower number of people killed now 17 and rising.

17 ARE DEAD IN LONDON APARTMENT FIRE And emergency services now estimate the death toll could rise much higher as they search the building for bodies. Authorities believe the death toll would have been worse had Muslims who lived in the building not been up for Ramadan when the fire began and alerted neighbors to the blaze. And here’s why the inferno has exposed the apartment’s controversial history. [HuffPost]

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to 17 nominees!

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2017?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. bhavika24

2. Knowledge hunt


4. Sreeblogs

5. Red Hot Ink

6. Infinite Words

7. regiannelly

8. Blog

9. Japan Oblong

10. Safira’s Journey

11. Eirini’s Diary

12. The Ethos Deal

13. A R T L▼R K

14. Radnor Bird Blog

15. Tough Little Birds

16. aspiringoriginator


Mystery Blogger Award, thanks Dolly!

Mystery Blogger Award

My dear blogging friend Dolly of the koolkosherkitchen blog has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Mystery Blogging Award.

Thank you for this kind gesture! It is a new award for me.

Thank you, Okoto Enigma, for creating this blog!

The rules of this award are:

Display the award logo/image on your blog

List the rules

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog

Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

Answer 5 questions from the nominator

Nominate 10 -20 bloggers

Three things about myself:

1. I heard ring-necked parakeets and a wood pigeon outside my window today.

2. Which of my blog posts and pages attracted most visits today so far?

Title Views
Home page / Archives More stats 26
African penguin news on World Oceans Day More stats 12
Bearded vulture on Texel island More stats 11
Gay animal sex More stats 11
Donald Trump, a Scottish poem More stats 9
British violent racists use London Bridge atrocity as pretext More stats 8
‘Oldest human fossils discovered in Morocco’ More stats 8
Trump administration threatens American sage grouse More stats 7
British artists about why they vote Labour More stats 5
Butterflies, damselflies, abandoned church in Italy More stats 5

3. Which of my blog posts and pages attracted most visits this year?

Top Posts for 365 days ending 2017-06-08 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives More stats 11,368
Massive animal abuse in Belgian corporate slaughterhouse More stats 2,324
Gay animal sex More stats 1,539
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted More stats 1,165
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer More stats 561
Anti-Trump demonstration Amsterdam tomorrow, Dam to Museumplein More stats 469
United States Ku Klux Klan propaganda More stats 466
About More stats 452
After Iraq, will Bush destroy archaeological treasures of Iran? More stats 450
Dutch anti-Trump demonstration, 20 January, Amsterdam More stats 444
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters More stats 399
Colonia Dignidad, Pinochet’s nazi cult torture camp, on film More stats 383
United States ‘War on Poverty’ during the Vietnam war More stats 383
British Museum’s Reading Room, what will happen? More stats 381
Dadabhai Naoroji not the first Indian to be elected to British parliament More stats 355
Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Thomas Paine More stats 348
Che Guevara’s favourite poems discovered More stats 343
Women’s march against Trump, Amsterdam 21 January More stats 342
Helen Keller photo rediscovered after 120 years More stats 332
Crowned sandgrouse, lanner falcon, more birds, video More stats 325
Most hated animals top 50 More stats 322
How Spain’s Franco dictatorship censored music More stats 317
UK: Blairites: We are Thatcherites (not Labourites) More stats 315

Dolly’s five questions, and my answers, are:

1. Would you rather it was always winter, or always summer? Neither. All seasons have their special attractions. Eg, in winter there are birds unique to winter. In summer, birds unique to summer; etc.

2. Which global event marked 2016 for you? Election of Donald Trump as president of the USA; and the resistance to him.

3. Do you prefer e-mails or telephone calls? E-mails; as phone calls tend to come at crucial moments of cooking, etc.

4. What is your first thought when you wake up in the morning? Is it sunny or cloudy?

5. What is your comfort food? Pineapple.

Five questions for my nominees:

1. What is your favourite bird?

2. What is your favourite mammal?

3. What is your favourite fish?

4. What is your favourite insect?

5. What is your favourite plant?

My nominees are:

1. A Tepid Wary

2. It Is What It Is

3. Առլեն Շահվերդյան. հեղինակային բլոգ-կայք

4. ABC of Spirit Talk with Carolyn Page

5. CIGUDEG pleis bilong tu mi

6. Manolis

7. paintdigi

8. Isolated girl

9. Erika Kind

10. Paris: People, Places and Bling

11. We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

12. Tish Farrell

13. idealisticrebel