Coronavirus lockdown, good for Amsterdam underwater wildlife


This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Great Crested Grebe with chicks

Some urban birding…

Podiceps cristatus with 2 little ones in the centre of the city…

Amsterdam, Holland 05-06-2015

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Twelve divers have today dived into the canals of Amsterdam to investigate underwater life. They investigated how nature developed during the lockdown. During those few months there was much less boat traffic on the water of the capital.

In the Amstel river near the Carré theater, the divers saw far more small crayfish than usual. And a school of small perch was found in the former harbour of the Marineterrein. More plants also grew. In the ring canal in the Watergraafsmeer district, the divers encountered the most diverse underwater life. They found zander, eels and whole schools of small fish there.

To the surprise of the divers, there were also water plants in the water of the Keizersgracht canal. That is special, because the canals normally function as “a closed container”, says ecologist and initiator Jeroen van Herk. “If aquatic plants grow in the canals, then that will affect the entire ecosystem. The water will be purified, which will be followed by crayfish, insects and fish.”

In an article published in Nature Ecology & Evolution today (22 June 2020), the leaders of a new global initiative explain how research during this devastating health crisis can inspire innovative strategies for sharing space on this increasingly crowded planet, with benefits for both wildlife and humans. Many countries around the world went into lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19. Brought about by the most tragic circumstances, this period of unusually reduced human mobility, which the article’s authors coined “anthropause,” can provide invaluable insights into human-wildlife interactions: here.

Over 11,500 anti-racist demonstrators in Amsterdam


Today, there was a big demonstration against the police murder of George Floyd in the USA and other racism in the Nelson Mandelapark in Amsterdam.

According to local authorities, over 11,500 people came to this peaceful rally. People distanced spatially against COVID-19.

Tomy Holten died in Zwolle, the Netherlands like George Floyd.

Big anti-racist murder protest in Amsterdam


This 1 June 2020 fast motion time-lapse video from the Dam square in Amsterdam shows how today the big square filled with many demonstrators against the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA and similar crimes.

The video only shows the first part. Later, many more demonstrators came., making that tramways and cars could no longer pass and streets around the square filled.

According to NOS radio, most demonstrators wore face masks (not mandatory in the Netherlands) against COVID-19 and practised spatial distancing. However, that became difficult when very many people joined.

This Dutch TV video shows webcam images of that demonstration.

The next demonstrations against police brutality in the Netherlands are in The Hague, 2 June 18.00 Koekamp. And Rotterdam 3 June, 17.00, Schouwburgplein square. The organisers ask everyone to wear face masks and to distance spatially.

Big anti-George Floyd murder demonstration in Amsterdam


In this 30 May 2020 video, a New York City police officer of colour says to a Dutch TV correspondent that racism is embedded in the police force.

Amsterdam demonstration

Today, there was a big demonstration on the Dam square in Amsterdam in the Netherlandfs against the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in the USA.

According to NOS radio, most demonstrators wore face masks (not mandatory in the Netherlands) against COVID-19 and practised spatial distancing. However, that became difficult when very many people joined, as this video shows.

This 30 May 2020 Dutch video shows people in Rotterdam, the Netherlands reacting to the police murder of George Floyd in the USA.

This 28 May 2020 Dutch 2020 video shows another reaction to it from the Netherlands.

This 1 June 2020 Dutch 2020 video shows another reaction to it from the Netherlands.

Spring birds in Amsterdam park


This 9 April 2020 video from the Netherlands says about itself:

When spring comes

Zoom into the world of birds that inhabit our city parks during springtime. See how they collect food, nest building material and interact with each other.

“When spring comes” was recorded in a small but old Amsterdam city park, called Frankendael. A place that was once a green and lush 17th-century country seat for rich people fleeing the inner city now lives on as a city park with many different trees, plants and birds.

Video produced by Bram de Haan,

Chinese wine cups in Dutch Rijksmuseum


This 3 April 2020 video from Amsterdam in the Netherlands says about itself:

Like to drink in style? Curatorial assistant Denise Campbell shows us this amazing set of twelve Chinese wine cups in a new episode of #Rijksmuseumfromhome. 🏠 Each ‘month cup’ represents the flower of the month. Cheers! 🍷

Ancient ship model in Dutch Rijksmuseum


This 27 March 2020 video from the Netherlands says about itself:

In the third episode of our series #Rijksmuseumfromhome 🏠 our Ship Model Conservator Tirza Mol talks about all the secrets of the William Rex, our biggest ship model on display. And she shows us how she cleans the majestic vessel! ⚓️⛵️

This 2013 video shows how the William Rex was moved to its exhibition hall.

Japanese screens in Dutch Rijksmuseum


This 24 March 2020 video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Our curators are working from home, now that the [Rijks]museum is temporarily closed. 🏠

In the second episode of #Rijksmuseumfromhome our Head of Asian Arts Menno Fitski is shining his light on two painted screens of Mount Fuji made by Yoshida Hiroshi. 🗻 🇯🇵

Peregrine falcons on Amsterdam Rijksmuseum


Peregrine falcon on Amsterdam, the Netherlands Rijksmuseum, photo by Rob Buiter

This photo by Rob Buiter shows a peregrine falcon on the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Recently, a peregrine couple showed they intended to nest on this building.

The museum welcomes the birds. They have put two nest boxes on the building.

Rijksmuseum, photo by Rob Buiter

On this photo by Rob Buiter, one of these nest boxes is under the clock on the left tower.

Iranian exiles demonstrate against Trump’s war


Iranian exile Roya Moayyed in Amsterdam

Translated from Amsterdam, the Netherlands local AT5 TV today:

Amsterdam Iranians afraid of escalation: ‘Two nights without sleep’

It is a nerve-racking week for Amsterdam Iranians. Since the liquidation of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on 3 January and the subsequent airstrike on a US American basis, the tension between the two countries has risen to unprecedented levels. “I didn’t sleep for the first two nights.”

Tensions between Iran and the USA have been around for much longer, but since Soleimani died in the American rocket attack in Baghdad, the fear of an escalation has increased considerably. …

Moayyed finds America’s strategy thoughtless and irresponsible. “President Trump is really different from other presidents, such as Obama. Obama focused more on peace, Trump focuses on escalation. ”

Nikita Shahbazi agrees. ‘What he does is not predictable at all. He has been calculating completely wrongly. He makes premature decisions without consulting others. This also happened with the liquidation of Soleimani. It is a disaster for the region.” …

Both Moayyed and Shahbazi were present at the Spui [in Amsterdam] this afternoon at a demonstration against war on Iran. … According to the demonstrators, the Netherlands should also not support the USA , since further escalation in Iran must be prevented.