Ducks, coots, gulls in winter


This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Lunch time during the 2012 Coots & Ducks on Ice Convention (some [Egyptian and domestic] goosy freeloaders also showed up).

Sloterpark, Amsterdam, 11 Feb. 2012.

Winter today. White frost on the branches of the trees.

A male blackbird on a lawn in the park. Much of the river is frozen.

A male and a female mallard swim in a hole in the ice.

When I start throwing potato peels into the water, others arrive as well: scores of black-headed gulls. And a coot couple; the only birds diving to catch the peels as they sink.

Hermit crab on Ameland island beach


The maker of this video from the Netherlands, Anita Kiewied, says about it (translated):

Jan 10, 2017

“This is a recording of a hermit crab in a whelk on the beach of Ameland island near beach post 18. After a storm with very high water this hermit crab was close to the sand dunes. After recording, I brought it back to the shoreline.”

    Bewick’s swans take off


    This 17 January 2017 video shows Bewick’s swans wintering on a meadow in the Alblasserwaard region in the Netherlands. They take off because a group of joggers approaches. Mute swans would not be scared so soon.