Great egret’s unusual colours


This video was recorded on 19 November 2016 in the Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands.

It shows a great egret with unusual colours. Usually, the bill of this species is yellow; in this individual, it is black. Usually, the legs of this species are black; in this individual, they are red.

Great egrets sometimes have these colours in mating season in spring. However, it is November, not spring. Probably, the hormones of this bird are disturbed.

Kestrel hovering, slow motion video


This 19 November 2016 video depicts a female kestrel hovering above the Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands.

It is a 90% lower speed slow motion video.

Young kestrel cleanses its feathers, video


This 11 October 2016 video shows a young kestrel cleansing its feathers in Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands.

Jos van den Elshout made this video.

Migratory birds, record numbers in Dutch national park


This Dutch video says about itself (translated):

Oct 5. 2016

De Biesbosch National Park currently attracts record numbers of migratory birds. This is due to the expansion of the nature reserve.

Thus the Noordwaard of 4450 hectares of farmland has been turned into a tidal zone. There are already about ten thousand wigeon, thousands of snipes and hundreds of spoonbills. Tens of thousands of birds in total are coming to the Biesbosch to spend the winter or make a stop before traveling to warmer areas. “They see from the air this new nature area,” says ranger Thomas van der Es. “They orient themselves to the rivers and see a nice place to rest, where there is also a lot of food.” The birds travel huge distances during migration. Eg, wigeon come from Russia and the spoonbills will travel eventually to Senegal. Of the birds that leave, the first ones after the winter will arrive again around February / March.

Migration is a hazardous journey, but those hazards are often overlooked in the large-scale spectacle of millions of birds that successfully travel between their breeding and wintering grounds each year. Birders who understand the threats to migrating birds, however, can help birds be better equipped for a successful flight, whether their migration is just a few hundred miles or as far as a few thousand: here.

Common tern feeds its chick, video


In this 7 August 2016 video, a common tern feeds its chick in the Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands.

Dutch young osprey flies for first time


This 4 August 2016 Dutch video shows that today the young osprey in Biesbosch national park, the first one ever born in the Netherlands as far as is known, has been flying for the first time.

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.