Bats of Ameland island


This is a serotine bat video.

On the wildlife wardens’ blog of Ameland island in the Netherlands, there is today a blog post about bats.

Apart from rare species, three bat species live on Ameland year after year. They are Nathusius’ pipistrelle; common pipistrelle; and serotine bat.

Rare fly discovered on Ameland island


Delia quadripila, photo Joke van Erkelens

Translated from the Leeuwarder Courant in the Netherlands:

25 April 2016

On the salt marsh on the east side of Ameland an insect has been found that had not previously been found in the Netherlands. It’s Delia quadripila, a fly from the Anthomyiidea family which had not yet been identified in the Benelux countries before. The larvae feed on the chlorophyll of sea sandwort, a rare marsh plant. The specimen was found by Theo Kiewiet on March 13 as a pupa and then hatched in Meppel by amateur entomologist Joke van Erkelens. At the Vennootkwelder salt marsh sandwiched between the Oerd and Kooikersduinen areas approximately 120 insect species have been observed.

Goshawk nest on Ameland island


This 17 March 2016 video shows a female goshawk on Ameland island in the Netherlands.

The Ameland goshawk breeding couple have their mating season now. Warden Marjan writes that the female is ringed. Maybe ringed on Ameland, but unfortunately people cannot read the letters/numbers on her ring.

Striped dolphins stranded on Ameland island


Beached striped dolphin on Ameland, photo by Natuurcentrum Ameland/Johan Krol

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands, 20 January 2016:

Striped dolphins washed up on Ameland

On Ameland yesterday two striped dolphins washed ashore. Hikers saw the animals lying around 23:00. They were already dead. They are females, a mother and a daughter.

Striped dolphins are rarely observed in the North Sea. Usually they remain in warmer waters. To our knowledge nine times previously striped dolphins beached on the Dutch coast, says biologist Johan Krol of the Ameland Nature Centre.

The animals were today moved to Utrecht University. There, they are examined to find out why they died.

Omrop Fryslân reports that the mother was about two meter long, her daughter one meter. After Utrecht University, they will go to Naturalis museum in Leiden, where they will be cleaned. Then, they will return to Ameland, where the Ameland Nature Centre will exhibit their skeletons.

Rare black ‘grey’ seal on Dutch Ameland island


Ameland black seal, photo by Bert Meerstra

Nature Today in the Netherlands reports today (translated):

14 January 2016 – The Wadden Unit made a special observation on the Wadden Sea. During an inspection tour along the Blauwe Balg, a sandbank between Terschelling and Ameland islands, the crew of motor ship De Krukel discovered a pair of gray seal pups. One of them turned out to be jet black; it was an animal with melanism.

Melanin is a pigment and black animals that stand out from their peers for their colour have an excess of melanin. It is like the opposite of an albino. …

[Krukel crew member] Meerstra is hopeful that this animal has a bright future. ‘This animal is in good health and will hopefully live for a long time.’

Terschelling island seals: here.

Dutch Ameland Sandwich terns now in Namibia


This video is called Sandwich Terns Love Dance.

Warden Robert Pater on Ameland island in the Netherlands reports today about Sandwich terns, ringed on Ameland.

On 20 December 2015, tern Red A06 was recognized near Swakopmund in Namibia.

The next day, tern Red A62 was near Walvis Bay in Namibia. Both birds had been ringed on Ameland on 21 June 2014, at the Feugelpôlle nesting colony.

Other Ameland Sandwich terns were in France and Spain.

Bottlenose dolphin near Dutch Ameland island


This video shows a bottlenose dolphin in the North Sea, north of Dutch Ameland island.

For over an hour on 21 October 2015, the animal swam along with shrimp fishing boat GRE34.