Birds and dragonflies in Germany


This video shows a sea eagle, and a mute swan, on Rügen island in the Baltic sea in north-east Germany.

On 4 October 2016, we were supposed to be on Rügen.

However, a storm which caused flooding meant we could not sail on the sea, but had to stay in the interior near Kamp village.

After seeing the cranes and the rest of our early morning walk, we started a longer walk.

Songbirds are migrating to the south this month. We see scores of goldfinches.

Kamp, 4 October 2016

We walk on an old railway track. In Adolf Hitler’s days, trains here went to Peenemünde V2 missile base. After the war, the rails were removed, and a footpath remained.

Great cormorants on 4 October 2016

Many great cormorants sitting in leafless trees. And hundreds of them fishing together in the water.

An edible frog jumps.

A meadow pipit flies.

Emperor dragonfly male, Germany, 4 October 2016

In the bushes, various dragonflies rest. Like this male emperor dragonfly.

Sympetrum dragonfly, 4 October 2016

And also smaller species. I think this is a male Sympetrum dragonfly. I am not sure which species, as quite some related species look rather similar.

Dragonfly, 4 October 2016

And of this small dragonfly I am not even sure which genus it is.

We pass some cranes which stayed in this wetland after most others flew away to feed on fields.

Beavers live there, as trees with obvious traces of gnawing show.

Great cormorant nests, Germany, 4 October 2016

We pass great cormorant nests. They are empty now; the young birds have fledged.

Birch trees, 4 October 2016

Birch trees. A great spotted woodpecker flies to one of them.

On another tree, a nuthatch.

A flock of barnacle geese.

Shoveler ducks.

Wetland near Kamp, 4 October 2016

A water vole crosses the footpath.

Wetland near Kamp on 4 October 2016

We arrive back on the road. Not many cars, but still they are dangerous for the many caterpillars crossing. They are pale tussock caterpillars. The Dutch name for this species is meriansborstel, Merian’s brush; named after famous seventeenth century naturalist and painter of insects Maria Sibylla Merian.

We arrive back in Kamp.

At 18:05, to the cranes again. Many arrive for sleeping; including juveniles. Behind them, barnacle geese.

Black-bellied plovers in winter plumage.

Dunlin.

A juvenile Caspian tern cleanses its feathers.

At 18:30, 670 cranes have arrived for sleeping.

Gadwall ducks land on the water.

Dragonflies, damselflies in the Low Countries


This 1 October 2016 video from the Netherlands shows a willow emerald damselfly; using its legs to remove spider’s threads.

This 2 October 2016 video from the Netherlands shows a common darter dragonfly eating.

This 16 October 2016 video from Belgium shows a southern hawker dragonfly.

Dragonfly couple escapes from death


In this video, a dragonfly couple, after mating, still hold on to each other until the female will have deposited her eggs under water.

An edible frog tries to eat them, but just misses.

Geertje in the Netherlands made this 6 September 2016 video.

Dragonflies wake up in the morning


This 24 August 2016 video shows banded darter dragonflies waking up in the morning in the Netherlands.

Young emperor dragonfly emerges, video


This video from Britain says about itself:

An emperor dragonfly emerging

22 July 2016

Footage of an emperor dragonfly nymph emerging from its exuvia (shell) as an adult and laying its eggs in water.

Broad-bodied chaser dragonflies of the Veluwe region


This 19 July 2016 video shows a male broad-bodied chaser dragonfly of the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

This 19 July 2016 video shows a male broad-bodied chaser dragonfly of the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

Dragonflies, other wildlife of Voorne island


This 15 July 2016 video shows butterflies, a male black-tailed skimmer dragonfly, other dragonflies, and other wildlife in the Mallebos woodland of Voorne island in the Netherlands.