Van Gogh art for blind people


This 4 March 2015 video is by the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.

It shows a special program at the museum for blind and visually impaired people: 3D reproductions of Van Gogh‘s paintings to feel, etc.

Oldest Dutch herring gull in Friesland province


This video is about adult and juvenile herring gulls (and a few black-headed gulls in winter plumage)

Translated from the Waddenvereniging in the Netherlands today:

The oldest ringed herring gull in our country turned up last weekend in Leeuwarden‘s [capital of Friesland province] new district Blitsaerd in front of the lens of nature photographer Ruurd Jelle van der Ley …

Meanwhile, the seagull has reached the respectable age of 28 years and eight months. On July 3, 1986, on Ameland island, this bird got two colored rings. An orange one with letter A and a green one with letter Y. Birdwatchers know him as OAGJ or Green J. he lost the orange ring about six years ago. Thanks to the remaining green ring and the fact that he walks with a slight limp he is still recognizable.

Hundreds of black-tailed godwits back from Africa


This is a video about a black-tailed godwit at its nest.

I read today that about four hundred black-tailed godwits were back from their winter migration to Africa at the nature reserve where I once saw Baillon’s crakes.

So, I decided to go there to have a look.

Just outside the reserve, many coltsfoot flowers.

In the canal closest to the entrance: many grey lag geese, two Canada geese, five gadwall ducks, and a great crested grebe.

A moorhen crosses the footpath. A bit further, a coot in the grass.

In the next canal, male and female tufted ducks.

In the canal after that one, male and female shoveler ducks.

Then, a juvenile grey heron on the bank of a ditch.

A magpie on the grass.

I reach the southern end of the southern lake. I can already see hundreds of black-tailed godwits flying over the northern lake.

A great cormorant flying.

Three mute swans swim in the southern lake.

The (maybe 200?) black-tailed godwits have landed meanwhile; standing on an islet in the northern lake and in shallow water around it.

In between them, also some northern lapwings, a common gull, and great cormorants drying their wings.

Two black-headed gulls in summer plumage fly overhead, calling.

Gadwall ducks land in the northern lake water.

A jackdaw couple looks for food in the grass.

Scores of teal in the south-eastern part of the northern lake. Their mating season has started. One can hear them whistling.

It is mating season for two great crested grebes in the canal along the railway as well. They dance in the water together. One of the birds brings its partner algae as a sign of love.

Recently, the reserve has been extended with what used to be pasture land. A bridge leads to the new part of the reserve, but there are no footpaths yet.

A ring-necked parakeet calls from the other side of the big canal.

On the west side of the northern lake, a dunnock sings.

Bahrain opposition thanks singer John Legend


This music video from the USA is called Common, John Legend – Glory.

From the site of Al Wefaq in Bahrain:

Bahrain opposition thanks Legend for his support to freedom and justice

The National Democratic Opposition in Bahrain thanks and appreciates the international star John Legend for declaring support to the democratic and just demands of the people of Bahrain on March 2nd at the Arad Castle theater.

Legend had played an influential role in advocating the culture of freedom and tolerance through the art of music.

The words spoken by Legend before his audience in Bahrain reflected his civilized thoughts about humanitarian issues regardless of sex, race, color or belief. The opposition commends Legend’s call and prayer ”for the people of Bahrain. And for those who stand for justice, accountability, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom to organize without fear of retribution, please know that I stand with you”. The Bahraini opposition will continue its movement to achieve the humanitarian values it shares with Legend, wishing him more success in his support to rights and freedoms for all.

The opposition also takes the opportunity to urge the Bahraini Authorities to engage in the establishment of a culture of human rights and tolerance to prevent hate.

The National Democratic Opposition – Manama, 4 March 2015

This video is called Bahrain : Opposition demand to be truly represented through truly elected government.

Save Peruvian terns in Chile


This video is about the Talagante raptor rehabilitation center in Chile.

From National Geographic:

Chilean Birdman Leads Efforts to Save Seabird in World’s Driest Desert

Naturalist Jürgen Rottmann strives to protect Peruvian tern’s nesting sites amid Chile‘s growing seaport

Katarzyna Nowak

February 28, 2015

Jürgen Rottmann—a naturalist and ornithologist widely known as the David Attenborough of Chile—rehabilitates giants.

He’s lived for 44 years in what is today a raptor rehabilitation center —overseen by the Union of Chilean Ornithologists—in Talagante, outside Santiago, caring for some of the largest birds in existence: emblematic Andean condors (longest wingspan among raptors), huge Chilean blue eagles, and southern caracaras, long-legged raptors with naked cheeks, black crests, and streaked chests. (He also looks out for an enormous helmeted water toad that lurks in a tangled bank of vegetation.)

This video is about the Talagante raptor rehabilitation center.

Almost 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) to the north of the animal rescue center lies a barren desert where Rottmann has cultivated a soft spot for a tiny creature—a seabird not much bigger than his hand—the elusive and very rare gaviotín chico, or Peruvian tern.

This tern has flourished for millennia along a thin strip of coastline from northern Chile to Peru where the Atacama Desert meets the zone of rich upwelling in the Pacific Ocean known as the Humboldt Current.

No more than a thousand of the birds may survive today, largely because of human activities in northern Chile’s Mejillones Peninsula, a critical tern nesting area—and the site of a port complex, from which copper, vital to Chile’s economy, is exported.

In 2008, Rottmann helped establish a foundation to protect tern nesting sites—Fundación Para la Sustentabilidad del Gaviotín Chico—and was made its executive manager.

Rottmann and his field team have since spent years in the desert monitoring tern nesting sites, which are now clearly signed and demarcated; observing the habits of the terns and their predators; and even filling in pits and trenches made by the military in the terns’ habitat.

This video, in Spanish, is called Gaviotín Chico o Chirrío (Sterna lorata) Península de Mejillones – Antofagasta – Chile.