Rare dragonfly in southern Netherlands

This video from the USA says about itself:

Finding Uncommon Dragonfly Species

Mud Lake is a subalpine fen near Skalkaho Pass, Montana. Fens are infrequent, as such the community of species using this habitat are
uncommon to rare. I have visited this site several times looking for two particular dragonfly species found here: Lake Darner (Aeshna
eremita) and Subarctic Darner (Aeshna subarctica) [aka Bog Hawker]. This video captures the adventure and my happiness in finally finding and photographing them on September 9, 2013.

Translated from the Vlinderstichting in the Netherlands:

Monday, October 5th, 2015

In 2013 there already was a sighting of a bog hawker in the Kampina nature reserve in North Brabant province and this year they are seen again. That seems like this rare dragonfly is establishing itself there. They are otherwise only found in the northern half of the Netherlands.

Czech young black stork visits Dutch nature reserve

This video is about a black stork nest in the Czech republic.

Ellen Luijks, of the ARK Natuurontwikkeling conservation organisation in the Netherlands, reports today about rare birds in Noord-Brabant province.

In the new nature reserve Kempen~Broek, last week there were four young black storks.

One of them had been ringed as a chick on 13 June 2015 in Hlasivo in the Czech republic.

September is autumn migration month for European black storks, when this species goes to Africa.

Probably, the young birds in Kempen~Broek waited until a black stork flock would fly overhead, so they could join them to the south.

Witches, how Bruegel, other artists, depicted them

This video is about the exhibition De heksen van Bruegel (Bruegel‘s witches), in the Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht, the Netherlands; 19 September 2015 till 31 January 2016.

Translated from the site Museumkaart.nl:

Witches are ugly women, who fly on brooms or make magic potions in a big pot on a stove. That is the image we have today of witches. But who knows that this originated in the work of the famous Brabant artist Pieter Bruegel?

Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht presents the first exhibition about witches in art.

For just one time you can see a unique collection of witch scenes from the turbulent period of witch persecutions in the Netherlands (1450-1700).
The Witches of Bruegel is a journey through the most beautiful and impressive depictions of witches produced the Low Countries. From the first images of witches in legal treatises and precious manuscripts, to the matchless prints by Pieter Bruegel and the spectacular depictions of sabbaths by his followers. A journey through the evolution of the witch image. From fear to fantasy, from nightmare to fairytale figure.

Hieronymus Bosch painting back to the Netherlands after 450 years

Hieronymus Bosch, the Haywain

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Haywain‘ by Jeroen Bosch for the first time to the Netherlands

Today, 14:19

The Haywain, one of the masterpieces of Dutch painter Hieronymus (Jeroen) Bosch, is coming to the Netherlands. For the first time in 450 years, the triptych is leaving Spain, where it usually hangs in the Prado museum in Madrid.

The painting will remain in the Netherlands for half a year and will this autumn be part of the exhibition From Bosch to Bruegel – Uncovering everyday life in the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam.

500th anniversary of his death

In early January the masterpiece will move to Den Bosch, the birthplace of the painter. There will be until the beginning of May in the North Brabant Museum an exhibition with 20 paintings and 19 drawings by the artist expected, the largest retrospective to date.

The exhibition is the culmination of the National Event Hieronymus Bosch 500 years which will be celebrated in 2016 and will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of the painter.

Everyday scenes

Jeroen Bosch was actually called Hieronymus van Aken. Bosch he used as his artist’s name after the town where he was born and where he painted his masterpieces.

Around 1516 he painted the Haywain, one of the first paintings in art history in which everyday scenes are depicted.

The painting depicted a procession of people behind a hay wagon, a metaphor for materialism. The procession leads directly to hell.

Hieronymus Bosch, the Haywain, detail

In the foreground medieval scenes are depicted with drunken monks, tooth pullers, musicians and gypsies.

Hieronymus Bosch, the Haywain, detail

On the hay wagon sits a couple in love with on each side an angel and a devil.

The Spanish King Philip II bought the triptych in 1570 for his private collection and since then it has never left Spain. According to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen the work of art is in an excellent condition after it was restored some years ago.

Scarce large blue butterflies, Dutch jubilee

This is a scarce large blue butterfly video from the Netherlands.

On 23 July 2015, there will be a celebration in the Moerputten nature reserve near Den Bosch city in Noord-Brabant province in the Netherlands. Then, it will be 25 years ago that scarce large blue butterflies, which had become extinct in the Netherlands, were reintroduced there.

Then, in 1990, 74 butterflies were freed. Meanwhile, there are hundreds. There are plans to introduce them to other nature reserves as well, as a species, limited to one area, is vulnerable to disasters.

In the Moerputten, the caterpillars are dependent, first on great burnet plants. Then, on Myrmica scabrinodis ants, when the caterpillars live as parasites in the anthills. They are also, indirectly, dependent on springtails: these are the main food of the ants.

Rare spadefoot toad conservation

This is a Dutch video from 2012 about spadefoot toad conservation in Limburg province.

Dutch conservation organisation ARK reports today that on 14 July 2015, nearly 700 tadpoles of the rare European common spadefoot toad have been freed. This happened in Kempen-Broek nature reserve, on the border of Noord-Brabant and Limburg provinces in the Netherlands and Limburg province in Belgium.

This was the second time that larvae of this rare species have been freed there. In 2016, it will happen for the third and last time.

‘Bring European bison back to Dutch nature reserve’

This 13 June 2015 video is about bringing back European Bison to the Romanian Carpathians.

Regional TV Omroep Brabant in the Netherlands reports today that the management of nature reserve De Maashorst between Oss and Uden wants to introduce European bison.

Local authorities will still have to give permission for this. The (conservative) VVD political party has objections.