Baby puffin in England, video


This video from England says about itself:

First Time Cute Baby Puffin Sees World – World Beneath Your Feet – BBC

27 April 2016

Underneath the Farne Islands hides an animal more often expected in the water.

Bee pulls nail out of wall, video


This 27 April 2016 video is called A solitary mason bee pulling a nail out of a hole in the wall! Incredible.

Common eider video


This video shows a common eider male, in April 2016, in Belarus.

Ospreys breeding, first time in the Netherlands


This 30 April 2016 video from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

For many decades nature lovers and bird watchers had hoped for the arrival of ospreys as breeding birds in the Dutch countryside. In 2016, this finally became true: a bird already for days has been sitting in the incubator stance on a nest in the Biesbosch National Park.

Maybe ospreys nested in the Netherlands centuries ago. But as far as people know, this is the first osprey nest with eggs ever in the Netherlands.

Of this couple, the male has been ringed and is four years old. The female has no ring. Probably, she is of the same age.

Already in 2014 and 2015, the ospreys built nests in the Biesbosch. They did not lay eggs, as the couple was still sexually immature then.

Now they are back from wintering in Africa at last year’s nest.

Biesbosh ospreys are said to eat mainly rudd.

Sea eagles already nest in the Biesbosch. They also had been away from the Netherlands; until they returned to Oostvaardersplassen national park in 2006, later nesting elsewhere as well.

Great bustards, small larks, Extremadura, Spain


This video says about itself:

Birds of Spain – with Wingspan Bird Tours – Great bustard, Extremadura, Spain Oct 2010

A small flock of Great bustards feeding on the plains near Santa Marta, Extremadura, Spain.

After 16 April 2016 in Extremadura came 17 April 2016 for us.

At a filling station, an azure-winged magpie sitting on a trashcan. And a spotless starling on a lamppost; and a white wagtail on the ground.

A bit further, a white stork flies with nesting material in its bill.

We stop. A black kite flying.

Dehesa, 17 April 2016

This is ‘dehesa’ countryside: typical for Extremadura, with mostly holly oak trees at some distance from each other.

A short-toed snake eagle flying.

A cuckoo calls. A hoopoe calls. A corn bunting sings.

Steppe, 17 April 2016

We continue to a different type of countryside. Between Trujillo and Cáceres towns, with less trees. Steppe scenery.

What kind of birds live here? We hear a quail; but, as usually with this elusive species, we don’t see it. We do see another elusive species, a special bird for this region: a little bustard. However, this lone male is far away.

Steppe, Extremadura, 17 April 2016

We go a little further, to another part of the steppe.

Will be see another elusive species, special birds for this region, here: great bustards?

Great bustard, 17 April 2016

Yes, there is one male!

Great bustards, 17 April 2016

A bit later it turns out he is not alone. In this mating season, we see three males and two females.

A calandra lark sings.

A big griffon vulture flying. So do much smaller swifts.

A woodchat shrike.

Crested lark, 17 April 2016

A crested lark sings on a fence.

A booted eagle flying.

Kestrel, 17 April 2016

We are a bit further. A female kestrel resting.

Great bustard, Extremadura, 17 April 2016

In another part of the steppe, again a male great bustard walking.

Great bustard flies, Extremadura, 17 April 2016

While another great bustard flies overhead.

Spring wildflowers in the USA, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

29 April 2016

Azure Bluet (Houstonia caerulea) wildflowers at 5000 feet in the Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina. Also called “Quaker Ladies”, they are stunning close up and in a large grouping. Filmed with Motorola Droid Turbo 2 in 4K Video.

Extremadura birds, fungi, caterpillars, rain


This is a Spanish video about birds in Extremadura.

After 15 April 2016 in Extremadura came 16 April 2016 for us.

A rainy day again.

Holly oaks, 16 April 2016

While the holly oaks kept standing still.

Hoopoe, corn bunting, blackbird sounds.

Also cuckoo and bee-eater sounds.

Caterpillars, 16 April 2016

A mass of caterpillars.

Wood ear fungi, 16 April 2016

Wood ear and other fungi.