Little owl, egrets, red-legged partridge in Spain


Corn bunting sings, 21 April 2016

Still 21 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain; after seeing the great spotted cuckoo, booted eagle and other birds. Next, we saw this corn bunting, singing next to a thistle flower.

A woodchat shrike on a pole.

Two great crested grebes swimming in a lake. Also a mallard with ducklings. On the bank cattle egrets, little egrets and a spoonbill.

We are near a stone wall and eucalyptus trees. A little owl couple are said to live here. Will putting mealworms on the wall attract them?

Little owl male, 21 April 2016

There is the male little owl in an eucalyptus tree. You have to look hard at the picture puzzle style photo to find him.

Little owl female, 21 April 2016

Then, the female little owl appears from a hole in the wall.

Little owl female looks at sky, 21 April 2016

She looks at the sky, to see if there is any threat from a booted eagle or other raptor.

Litte owl female on wall, Extremadura, 21 April 2016

Then, she feeds on the mealworms.

Little owl female on wall, 21 April 2016

And disappears into the wall again.

Red-legged partridge, 21 April 2016

Along the road, a red-legged partridge.

Cattle egret, 21 April 2016

We arrive at a nesting colony where hundreds of birds live. Like this cattle egret.

Nesting colony, 21 April 2016

As far as I could see, most birds in the colony were cattle egrets, but there were also little egrets, great egrets, grey herons, great cormorants.

White stork flying, 17 April 2016

And white storks.

White storks, 21 April 2016

A zitting cisticola sings while flying.

A short-toed snake eagle flies.

A short-toed lark along the road.

We arrive at the Trujillo bullring. Lesser kestrels and spotless starlings flying.

Tom Dumoulin winst first Giro d’Italia stage


This video shows Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin, on his way to his victory in the first Giro d’Italia stage; a time trial today in Apeldoorn city in the Netherlands.

Second, just a few small parts of a second behind Dumoulin, was Primoz Roglic from Slovenia.

Third was Andrey Amador from Costa Rica.

Rare spadefoot toads on Dutch golf course


This is a common spadefoot toad video.

Today, Dutch Vroege Vogels radio reports good news about common spadefoot toads, a rare species in the Netherlands.

Three years ago, spadefoot toads were freed on Landgoed Bleijenbeek golf course in Afferden, Limburg province. It turned out this was a good environment for the toads: lakelets, sand and plants not too tall.

Young otters and their father, video


This April 2016 camera trap video from De Onlanden nature reserve in Drenthe province in the Netherlands shows young otters and their father.

Giro d’Italia cycling and wildlife in Dutch Gelderland


Today, the Giro d’Italia cycling race will start in Apeldoorn city in Gelderland province in the Netherlands. Tomorrow, the cyclists during their second stage will pass the hill depicted in this 28 April 2016 video: the Duivelsberg; literally, Devil’s Mountain. The Duivelsberg is a beautiful area, where special animals live. An insect species, new to science was discovered there in 2003: Allopauropus montidiabolus.

Wildlife warden Thijmen van Heerde blogs today that he really likes cycling. And that he hopes that the spectators of the Giro will also notice how beautiful the scenery through which the race passes is.

Part of the third Giro d’Italia stage is through the Gelderse Poort nature reserve. This video shows Fort Pannerden in that reserve.

Peregrine falcon in England


This video from England says about itself:

Peregrine visits

5 May 2016

Our visitor yesterday in Manchester.

(Apologies for the interference part way through the clip)