Birds, seal, and Vliehors poems of Vlieland

This 2011 video is about travelling from Texel island to the Vliehors, the western part of Vlieland island in the Netherlands. First by ship, then by passenger transport truck, the Vliehors Expres; then, back by ship again.

The Vliehors is one of the biggest sand plains in Europe.

After 28 September came 29 September 2015 for us on Vlieland.

Jackdaw, 29 September 2015

In the morning, we went north to the North Sea beach. There is a restaurant there. It attracted this jackdaw.

House sparrow, Vlieland, 29 September 2015

And this house sparrow.

On the beach, herring gulls.

Sandwich terns, 29 September 2015

Close to the beach, four Sandwich terns flying over the North Sea. Probably preparing for autumn migration to Africa.

Vliehors Express tyres, 29 September 2015

In the afternoon, we went to the Vliehors, by Vliehors Expres truck.

Vliehors Express tyres poem, 29 September 2015

The tyres of the Vliehors Expres write two-line poems in the sand. Every now and then, a new short poem replaces the previous short poem on the tyres.

The Vliehors Expres was full of people. Including an accordion player. Among the songs he played was The Wild Rover from Ireland. And John Brown’s Body from the USA.

This music video from the USA is called Pete Seeger: John Brown’s Body.

As the Vliehors Expres continued on the beach, herring gulls and lesser black-backed gulls. And some great black-backed gulls. And great cormorants.

We reached the Vliehors. And then, its Wadden Sea side, where we stopped.

Eider duck male, 29 September 2015

A young male eider duck swam there.

Harbour seal, 29 September 2015

And minutes later, a harbour seal.

Vliehors, 29 September 2015

Not far away, the landing for the ship from Texel.

Vliehors, shipwrecked people's shelter, 29 September 2015

The truck continued to a wooden building, originally built for shipwrecked sailors. However, 1953 was the last time a shipwrecked person used it. It is now a sort of beachcombers‘ open air museum.

Then, we went back to the ‘jackdaw’ restaurant at the north-eastern North Sea beach.

On a jetty, a sanderling between ruddy turnstones.

Great cormorant, 29 September 2015

On another jetty, this great cormorant.

Mute swan bathing, video

This video is about a male mute swan bathing in a ditch in Leeuwarden, Friesland province, the Netherlands.

Marjo Steffen made this video.

Starlings gather near coast, video

This video shows thousands of starlings, gathering on mud flats near Oostvoorne in the Netherlands.

They will eat a bit more, and then they will fly to their roost to sleep.

Monique Smulders made this video.

Spider builds web, video

This video shows an European garden spider building its web.

Boudewijn van den Hazel in the Netherlands made this video.

Snails feeding, video

This video is about grove snails feeding.

Tineke van ‘t Veer in the Netherlands made this video.

Common eelgrass discovery near Dutch desert island

This video says about itself:

Eelgrass (Zostera marina) underwater in Ireland

Zostera or Eelgrass is a flowering plant found from the shallow subtidal to about 8 m in the NE Atlantic. These are plants at low water at Carreroe (An Cheathrú Rua), Co. Galway, Ireland.

Translated from the blog of warden Bert Corté of the desert islands Rottum archipelago in the Netherlands:

Spontaneous settlement by common eelgrass near Rottumerplaat gives hope

Posted on October 13, 2015 by Bert Corté

Researchers from Rijkswaterstaat, Radboud University, the Field Work Company, Arcadis and the Forestry Commission last Thursday investigated a new field of eelgrass (Zostera marina) south of Rottumerplaat and Rottumeroog. This followed an earlier discovery by our birdwatchers. In a short time approximately 21 hectares of eelgrass have grown around the so-called Boschplaat. After sampling this appears to involve some 5,000 plants which have returned here spontaneously. Further genetic research must clarify what the origin of these plants is.

Our birdwatchers Bart Ebbinge and Doortje Dallmeijer this summer on Rottumerplaat saw in late July just south of the gully below the island a small field of dwarf eelgrass (Zostera noltii) which had developed quite a lot compared to 2013. About a kilometer further south, in the lee of mussel beds, they found more than 100 scattered common eelgrass plants growing. …

Common eelgrass has much broader and longer blades than dwarf eelgrass. Both types of seagrass are very important for the survival of many fish and birds in the Wadden Sea.