Good Cetti’s warbler news from national park

This is a Cetti’s warbler video.

Dutch daily De Stem reports this week that this year, 745 Cetti’s warbler nests were found in Biesbosch national park. This is probably three-quarters of all nests of this songbird species in the Netherlands.

In 1978, 20-25 Cetti’s warbler couples nested in the Biesbosch. Then, severe winters made the birds locally extinct.

Cetti’s warblers returned in 2006. In 2010 there were 314 nesting territories.

Seal in Biesbosch national park

This video is called Scotland’s Big 5 – Harbour Seal.

Translated from Staatsbosbeheer in the Netherlands:

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

In the [freshwater national park] Biesbosch for some time a seal has been swimming around. A boater saw the animal swim last night and informed forester Thomas van der Es.

Probably the seal swam via the Haringvliet or the New Waterway into the nature reserve. Because there is plenty of fish in the Biesbosch, the animal will remain strong enough to swim back to sea under its own power.

It remains a rarity to see these animals in the Biesbosch. … The last two observations were in March 2002 and in December 2012.

New Dutch wildlife film, interview

This video is about the making of the sequel to the Dutch wildlife film De Nieuwe Wildernis, about the Oostvaardersplassen national park. This sequel is about the Biesbosch national park and other areas in the south-west of the Netherlands.

The video shows an interview with the producer of the film, Ignas van Schaick. It also shows some of the movie’s characters: white stork, three-spined stickleback, sea eagle.

White-tailed eagles in new Dutch wildlife film

This is a 27 November 2014 video interview, in English, with cameraman Paul Edwards.

For the new Dutch wildlife film Holland, natuur in de Delta, Paul Edwards was in the Biesbosch national park for months; filming a white-tailed eagle nest and great crested grebes.

The film is expected to be in the cinemas in September 2015.

Rare Natterer’s bat in Dutch national park for first time

This video sas about itself:

The Natterer’s bat in the BBC’s Life of Mammals series. In this clip, Natterer’s bats remove spiders from their webs to eat.

According to Twitter messages today, the rare Natterer’s bat has been found for the first time ever in the Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands.

The animal was found in an old military bunker, especially reconstructed for wintering bats.

Second white-tailed eagle nest in Biesbosch national park

This video is about a young sea eagle in winter in Sweden.

Dutch Vroege Vogels radio reports today that a sea eagle nest has been discovered in Biesbosch national park.

This nest is in the part of the park in Zuid-Holland province. The other part of the park is in Noord-Brabant province.

After an absence of centuries for this species, white-tailed eagles started nesting again in the Netherlands in 2006, first in Oostvaardersplassen national park. Ever since 2012, this raptor species has nested in the Noord-Brabant part of the Biesbosch.

The new discovery is the first white-tailed eagle nest in Zuid-Holland province, It is also the first time ever for two eagle nests in the same nature reserve.

This new nest was discovered late in the nesting season as it was hidden well.

Each Biesbosch eagle nest has two eaglets, making for eight eagles at the nests, plus a single eagle, a two-year-old young female, flying around the Biesbosch.

The sea eaglets are expected to fledge soon.

At the moment, there are two ospreys in the Biesbosch as well.

White-tailed eagle and bluethroat

Cow parsley, 27 April 2014

On 27 april 2014, to the Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands. Where the cow parsley flowers intermingled with the reed stems.

Our boat trip started in Geertruidenberg town. Where a greenfinch sang, a wood-pigeon cooed, and an Egyptian goose flew overhead, honking.

As the boat departed, a chaffinch sang.

Near the harbour: a coot, a great crested grebe couple, and a mallard.

On the bank, whitethroat and wren singing.

A gadwall duck.

A pheasant calls.

Willow warbler and chiffchaff songs.

On the Amer river bank, shelducks. A swimming great cormorant.

As we enter national park waters, nightingales sing.

A great cormorant and an Egyptian goose, together on a fallen log on the bank.

A great tit sings.

Herring gulls swimming.

A grey lag goose on the bank. A reed bunting sings. So does a song thrush. And a dunnock, and a blackcap. And a garden warbler.

A cuckoo calls.

A great spotted woodpecker makes its ‘drumming’ sound.

A grey heron flying.

Good nesting place for kingfisher, 27 April 2014

We pass a bank with big fallen trees; a good place for a kingfisher‘s nest. Indeed, a kingfisher flies past. Too fast, unfortunately.


A Cetti’s warbler sings.

Coot on nest, 27 April 2014

A coot on its nest.

Scores of house martins flying.

A sedge warbler sings.

Canada geese on a bank. Marsh marigold flowers.

A bit further, a beaver swims.

As we walk on the bank, a great egret at a distant lake.

Wheatear, 27 April 2014

A northern wheatear.

In another lake, shoveler and teal ducks.

Sedge warbler singing, 27 April 2014

Again, a singing sedge warbler.

Redstart singing.

Skylarks singing.

Barn swallows.

White-tailed eagle and carrion crows, 27 April 2014

Then, the biggest bird of prey of the Netherlands. A white-tailed eagle sits on a tree. Three carrion crows sit next to it, trying to drive it away.

White-tailed eagle flying, 27 April 2014

The eagle flies away.

White-tailed eagle drinking, 27 April 2014

It flies down to the river to drink. Crows keep harassing it.

As the boat goes back, a singing bluethroat on a reed stem.

A buzzard, and a sparrowhawk, flying.

An oystercatcher on a sandbank.

A white wagtail on a bank.

A male and a female marsh harrier flying together.

A lesser black-backed gull.

Two mute swans bending their necks together, then mating.

We are back in Geertruidenberg. A collared dove.

See also here.

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