Olympic cycling training on Ameland island


This 20 July 2016 Dutch video is about Bauke Mollema, a participant in the cycling road race of the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. The video shows him training on Ameland island, where his family is originally from.

This video says about itself:

Rio all set to host the Olympic games

29 July 2016

Four years later, it’s time for London to hand over to Rio. But people in London still remember the 2012 games.

This video says about itself:

Olympic dream crashed

29 July 2016

Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav and shot putter Inderjeet Singh have tested positive for a banned substance and their chances of representing India at the Rio Games are almost over.

Ringed buzzard feeds on dead deer


This 18 July 2015 video is about a roe deer which had died in the sand dunes of Ameland island in the Netherlands.

As wildlife warden Robert Pater writes, at first this only attracted carrion crows feeding on carrion. No feral cats, no gulls, no rats.

After a week, a buzzard landed to feed on the dead deer. Not so unusual, these birds often feed on carrion. However, this buzzard had been ringed; near the Bergumermeer lake in Friesland province; where quite some bird are ringed.

Rare jellyfish on Ameland island


Ameland Cassiopea lunulata, photo by Petra de Jong

On 17 June 2016, Ms Petra de Jong found a dead jellyfish on the beach of Ameland island in the Netherlands.

It turned out to be a Cassiopea lunulata, a tropical species, very rare in the Netherlands.

In 2007, one had been found on the beach near Egmond aan Zee.

Bearded vulture over Dutch Ameland, Schiermonnikoog islands


This video shows adult and young bearded vultures; and some griffon vultures and ravens, in Spain.

Dutch NOS TV reports that this afternoon, a young bearded vulture flew over Ameland and Schiermonnikoog islands. For some time, a buzzard flew along with the vulture, showing the big size difference.

This vulture has a transmitter, showing it is originally from central France. Bearded vultures are very rare in the Netherlands.

I have been to Ameland and Schiermonnikoog, but I never saw any bearded vulture there. Though I did see them in Aragon in Spain.

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.