The monkey goby, originally from eastern Europe, is an invasive species in western Europe.
Taeke Veenstra made this video.
This video is about an African desert warbler.
The video was recorded in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, on 21 November 2014, by Adri de Groot.
This north African species had never been seen in Europe, except for a few times in Spain and Italy.
Photos of this bird are here.
This is another video about that desert warbler.
August 27, 2013 13:18
Alphen aan den Rijn – After two days of searching, Avifauna Bird Park has back two galah cockatoos which had flown away Sunday afternoon during a bird free flight demonstration. An observant inhabitant of Woubrugge saw the birds sitting and called the park.
Avifauna says they are overjoyed about the return of the birds. ,,Thanks to all the media attention, because someone recognized the birds from the pictures.”
The park has reunited the birds with their carers.
This video is called BEAUTIFUL BIRDS IN AVIFAUNA.
On 3 August 2013, to Avifauna bird zoo in Alphen.
There are about 1800 birds there. I cannot honestly claim we saw all of them.
We did see the great hornbill couple, together for forty years now.
And we did see wild birds, not officially included in the 1800 number: hundreds of jackdaws flying together. Two grey herons trying to catch fish when the Humboldt penguins were fed. A chiffchaff singing. A blackbird. And free flying white storks raising their chicks on the artificial nests of their Avifauna colony.
There are wooden bird sculptures on the tops of signposts in Avifauna. And also this wooden kingfisher on a bridge. The photos in this blog post are all made with a mobile phone.
Three times a day, there is a bird free flight demo in Avifauna.
In the Netherlands, there are scandals about trade in wild birds, especially raptors and owls. Some of these birds are used in commercial bird shows. The birds are then driven around all over the country in small cages in vans. During the shows, eagles, owls, vultures, falcons and other birds are on short leashes. Basically, the show bosses don’t tell their audiences anything about the birds during the shows.
The Avifauna free flight demos are different from this. They are three times a day during the summer months.
Each show is with different birds. In the morning, a red kite participated.
I saw the demo in the early afternoon, along with hundreds of others on the bleachers near the pond. With some of the birds in these two videos, but not all of them; and with other birds as well.
This video is called Avifauna / Bird free flight demo part 1.
And here is part 2.
The demo started with macaws flying high over the pond, calling each other. The blue-and-yellow macaws and scarlet macaws reminded me of when I was in Suriname. The parrots landed and were rewarded with nuts by the trainer; who meanwhile, told how the birds live.
Then, a white-throated magpie-jay. Three children on the bleachers got three sticks. The jay landed on the children’s arms, took the sticks, and brought them to a nest under construction near the pond.
Then, a five-year-old Steller’s sea eagle. It flew across the pond several times; as there was meat on tree trunks on both banks. As the eagle flew across the pond, the local moorhen kept swimming, undisturbedly.
Then, three young sun parakeets came flying.
At the end of the demo, a flock of white doves. And there was a collection of money for helping wild birds to survive in their habitats.
A bridge near the tropical birds hall had toucan images on it.
In the tropical birds hall, a great kiskadee couple sat near the top of the hothouse; reminding me of Suriname again.
Finally, more Australian birds. To the lori landing.
This video is about the lori landing in Avifauna. There are three bird species in that building. Most are rainbow lorikeets.
This video is about rainbow lorikeets feeding at the lori landing.
At the entrance of the building, people can buy small cups of nectar. Inside, the birds will sit down on people’s arms and shoulders to drink the nectar.
The lorikeet on this photo took a deep bow to reach the nectar.
One of the world’s most colorful parrots and a familiar resident of zoos and aviaries worldwide, the rainbow lorikeet is a stunning bird with a wide range of subspecies that show just as much variation in their colors as the bird has in its rainbow-hued feathers: here.
This video is called AMOROUS GREAT HORNBILLS.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Wednesday 17 Jul 2013, 21:09
Tomorrow, bird zoo Avifauna in Alphen aan den Rijn will celebrate the 40-year marriage of a great hornbill couple. The couple arrived in 1973 in the bird park and they have since been inseparable. According to Avifauna it is unique that two animals live together in a zoo for so long.
In those 40 years, the colorful couple had twelve offspring. They have been important in the international breeding program, Avifauna says. In recent years, they are still courting, but they don’t have chicks any more.
Avifauna explains that a good marriage is vital for hornbills, because during the breeding season the female depends on the male. The nest is in a hollow tree and its entry is almost completely bricked. The female is then locked in for about 3 months in the nest while the male gives her food.
To celebrate the anniversary the birds will get gifts on their ‘wedding day’, including a fruit garland and a basket full of maggots.