Yellow-billed loons in love, video


This video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA says about itself:

The Yellow-billed Loon is the largest and most spectacular of the world’s five loon species. It breeds around the globe in arctic and sub-arctic tundra lakes and is the northern counterpart to the Common Loon.

Watch this rare video shot by The Lab’s Gerrit Vyn of a mated pair calling and foraging just after arriving on the partially frozen breeding grounds in Chukotka, Russia.

Hunting marsh harrier and kingfisher


This March 2019 Dutch video is about the Sophiapolder island in the Netherlands, which recently became a freshwater tidal nature reserve.

After our visit to the Crezéepolder nature reserve, we went there on 8 September 2019.

As the ferry arrived at the island, a Cetti’s warbler sang.

A kingfisher sitting on a branch above the water.

Shelducks swimming with their ducklings.

A peacock butterfly on a flower along the footpath.

A northern lapwing sits down on the wooden walkway across the water.

Then, a female marsh harrier tries to catch a duck. For a few seconds she grabs it, but has to drop it. Then, she goes to the shore, feeding on a dead animal there. A carrion crow next to her tries to get some of the food.

Young goldfinches and wood sandpiper


This Dutch video is about the Crezéepolder. In November 2018, that area became a freshwater tidal nature reserve. The video shows some of the many birds there.

On 8 September 2019, we went there.

Near the entrance, a flock of some 40 young goldfinches.

A wood sandpiper looking for food on a mudflat.

Two snipes.

Two lesser black-backed gulls.

Barn swallows flying around.

Two coots.

A common sandpiper flying.

A flying Egyptian goose.

On the footpath, a dead hare.

Fifteen spoonbills standing in the water.

Teal.

Gadwall ducks.

A northern lapwing on a mudflat.

A house martin up in the air.

Great cormorants.

A mute swan.

A grey heron. An oystercatcher.

Barnacle geese.

A male kestrel resting on a lampppost.

Jackdaws. A magpie. A great crested grebe in the water.

Water rail sound.

Yellow common fleabane flowers.

Stay tuned, as there will be more 8 September 2019 wildlife on this blog!