Osprey nestling, first ever in the Netherlands


This 5 July 2016 video shows the (as far as is known) first ever young osprey hatched in the Netherlands, in Biesbosch national park. There may have been a second youngster which died, but that is not certain.

Beavers in Biesbosch national park


This video was made as the evening of 28 June 2016 fell in Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands; and shows beavers.

Spoonbills resting, video


This 22 June 2016 video shows 84 spoonbills resting in Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands. Among them, a grey heron; and gadwall and shoveler ducks swimming. While swifts fly past.

Young osprey on video


This 28 June 2016 shows the osprey nest in Biesbosch national park. It is the first osprey nest ever known in the Netherlands.

I saw the nest myself. On the video in my report about that, one can see indirectly at least one young osprey is present, as it defecates in a curve over the side of the nest.

In this new video, one can see a young bird for the first time. Like other videos, it was filmed at a distance of hundreds of meters, as people being closer to the nest might disturb the ospreys.

Female smew cleans her feathers


This 20 June 2016 video shows a female smew cleaning her feathers.

Because of an injured wing, this duck was unable to fly with the others on spring migration to her northern or eastern European nesting ground. Now, she is staying this summer in Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands.

Canada goose family feeding, video


This video shows a Canada goose couple and their goslings feeding on seeds of grass stems in Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands.

Osprey nest, flowers, spoonbills in Dutch Biesbosch


This 12 June 2016 video is from Biesbosch national park. For the first time ever in the Netherlands, as far as is known, an osprey couple built a nest there this year. It is said that three young birds have hatched.

You cannot see the young ospreys yet on this video, filmed at about 450 meter from the nest. However, at about 30 seconds into the video, you can see a young osprey defecating, in a curve over the side of the nest. About ten seconds later, the male bird arrives, to bring fish to the nesting female and the youngsters.

In the video, you can also hear edible frogs call.

On 18 June 2016, we went to the Biesbosch, to see the ospreys and other wildlife.

Biesbosch, 18 June 2016

Water and land interlock in the Biesbosch estuary scenery, creating opportunities for many wildlife species.

As we arrive, we see a male roe deer and a flying common tern.

We hear a Cetti’s warbler sing.

A sedge warbler.

Male and female reed bunting.

A male marsh harrier.

An osprey flies. A lesser black-backed gull tries to drive it away, though ospreys eat fish, not birds.

Crow garlic flowers.

A willow warbler sings.

Swifts flying.

A wren flies across a ditch. Beneath it, a coot couple and their three chicks swim.

A spoonbill foraging.

Tufted ducks.

A greenfinch sings.

Common bird's-foot trefoil

Yellow flowers: common bird’s-foot trefoil.

Two great crested grebes.

Hare's-foot clover, 18 June 2016

Pink flowers: hare’s-foot clover.

We arrive at the ospreys’. One of the parents sits on the nest.

This 4 June 2016 video by Luuk Punt is called Ospreys feeding their chick. First time seen in the Netherlands ever.

A cuckoo calls.

A juvenile white wagtail. Two little ringed plovers on the bank.

Two Egyptian geese flying.

Canada geese.

A northern lapwing. A great egret.

Then, we see about eight ruffs in summer plumage. Rare in the Netherlands!

We walk to a hide. We can see swifts and sand martins fly over the water.

Mural in hide, 18 June 2016

There is a mural on the inside of the hide: depicting a kingfisher, pintail duck, spoonbill, great cormorant, black-headed gull, wren, robin, great egret, tufted ducks and other birds.

Biesbosch museum, 18 June 2016

There was more art outside the Biesbosch museum.

Not far away, a nesting colony of many sand martins.

Biesbosch sky, 18 June 2016

Then, many gadwall ducks resting in the water.

Avocets with chicks.

A song thrush sings from a tree.

Biesbosch islet, 18 June 2016

On an islet, yellow fen ragwort flowers.

We return to the osprey nest. The female and the youngsters are inside. The male arrives, sitting on a branch.

A flock of about thirty spoonbills.

A buzzard lands on a tree.

A skylark sings.