Great cormorants at their nests

This 7 March 2019 video shows great cormorants at their nests.

A. Snijder made this video in Drenthe province in the Netherlands.


Young buzzard’s life saved

This 28 June 2018 video from Drenthe province in the Netherlands is about a young buzzard, now in an artificial nest after falling from its parents’ nest.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Man builds artificial nest to save young buzzard

It is an artificial nest, but it saves a young buzzard in the Drenthe-Friesian Wold national park. Kees van der Klauw has built a nest for the young buzzard that had fallen from its own nest.

Van der Klauw found the young bird on the ground next to the tree where the parents have their eyrie. “Around the tree trunk under the nest I have attached plastic so that pine martens can not pass, branches hang over the nest so that the young buzzard is sheltered from other birds of prey, like the goshawk.”

Natural environment

Van der Klauw has asked advice from bird of prey expert Rob Bijlsma and says that this is an excellent solution. Young animals from the raptor shelter often do not survive because their parents do not teach them to hunt. Now the parents are still there and as soon as the young bird will be able to fly, it will go back to its parents.

That will take another week or three. Until then, Van der Klauw brings dead mice to the temporary nest in the morning and in the evening.

The young bird is between six and eight weeks old. How old exactly is hard to say due to the difficult start in life of the little buzzard. The parents did leave mice for it when it was on the ground, but it could not do anything with them, so maybe the youngster is small for its age. Meanwhile, however, it knows how to handle the mice that Van der Klauw brings.

He has engaged his circle of acquaintances to collect as many mice as possible. “I prefer to take them directly because my wife does not want them in the fridge”, he says to RTV Drenthe. In the coming weeks he will have an appointment with the young buzzard at least twice a day.

Young starlings bathing, video

This 26 June 2018 video is about six young starlings bathing, in Gasselte town in Drenthe province in the Netherlands.

Maartje Heeres made this video.

Female starlings who have ingested dilute concentrations of antidepressants while feeding on worms, maggots and flies at sewage treatment plants appear to be less attractive to the opposite sex: here.

Boys save roe deer from drowning

This 1 June 2018 video is about a male roe deer swimming in a canal near Noordseschut village in Drenthe province in the Netherlands.

The animal could not climb out of the water as the banks were too high. The deer got tired and threatened to drown.

Then, three boys jumped into the water. One of them put the roe deer on a bank. After resting for five minutes on the bank, the deer ran away,

Somali-Dutch woman’s election victory after racist abuse

An Emmen voter welcomes election candidate Ugbaad Kilincci

This photo shows an Emmen (Drenthe province in the Netherlands) voter welcoming local election candidate Ugbaad Kilincci.

Unfortunately, not everyone in Emmen welcomed this member of the ‘center left’ PvdA party.

Ms Kilincci, while she was campaigning, was called a “black monkey” and “headscarf [‘kopvod’, literally ‘animal head rag’] mongoloid“. She was also told that she had to “fuck off to Africa“.

NOS TV reports today:

Kilincci said afterwards: “I want to dedicate myself to the people of Emmen, but I am being rejected as if I do not belong to it.” While this is really my town, I grew up here in the Emmerhout district, and Emmen is mine as well.”

When her parents fled from the war in Somalia, Ugbaad Kilincci came along to the Netherlands as a one-year-old girl.

On local election day, 21 March, Ms Kilincci was on the 12th spot of the PvdA list. Normally, that would have meant no local council seat for her. However, preferential votes for Ugbaad Kilincci made her ‘jump’ over candidates higher on the list. So, now she is a council member.

The PvdA in Emmen won one extra council seat. That was exceptional. Nearly in all other local authorities, the PvdA vote went down sharply, leaving only 50% or less from the previous election’s votes. That is because until recently, the PvdA were junior partners in a coalition national government with the right-wing VVD party, helping it with its pro-Big Business and anti-poor people policies.