Dippers of northern Finland

This video is about a dipper (Cinclus cinclus) in England.

Northern Finland, still 14 March 2015.

After the great grey owls, we went to a fast-flowing river.

Though there was still ice and snow all around, including on top of rocks in the river, the water there flows so fast that it is open.

This benefited a dipper couple.

They live in a wooden nest box underneath a wooden bridge. There is another nestbox, a bit further under the same bridge. Maybe grey wagtails will use that box when they will be back from spring migration.

The dippers sat sometimes on small pebbles, sometimes on big ice and snow-covered rocks in the river. Sometimes, they caught water insects; eg, stoneflies.

14 March dipper photos, unfortunately, were not so good. However, we went back to the dippers later, with better photographic results. So, stay tuned!

Phenology and diurnal behaviour of the Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) in the Guerbes-Sanhadja wetland complex (north-eastern Algeria)



This is a shoveler video from England.

I was privileged to see these beautiful ducks; in western Europe, where they are not rare; and in Svalbard, where they are very rare.

Originally posted on North African Birds:

Amor Abda, W., Merzoug, S., Belhamra, M. & Houhamdi, M. (2015). Phenology and diurnal behaviour of the Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata in the Guerbes-Sanhadja wetland complex (north-eastern Algeria). Zoology and Ecology 25(1): 19–25.  DOI:10.1080/21658005.2014.994361
PDF in ResearchGate.net


An ecological study of the Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata in the wetlands of the Guerbes-Sanhadja eco-complex (Skikda, north-eastern Algeria) which was performed during wintering season (from September 2012 to March 2013) showed that the species was regularly wintering in these ecosystems during the seven months of observation. The highest numbers were recorded during December 2012 (1943 individuals) at Garaet Hadj-Taher, although this wetland was the last to be colonized if we compare it to other wetlands. Garaet Hadj-Taher hosted more than half of the wintering population of the Northern Shoveler in the Guerbes-Sanhadja eco-complex. Sleeping activity (diurnal resting) dominated over other diurnal behaviours of this Anatidea at Garaet Hadj-Taher…

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English birds update

This video says about itself:

23 December 2013

A Red-legged Partridge on a wall in Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isles of Scilly.

Gail, from Manchester in England, reports today on Twitter about Martin Mere nature reserve. She saw there 51 bird species, eg, displaying buzzards, red-legged partridge, and two tawny owls.

More Dutch birds information on the Internet

This video from England says about itself:

Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)

22 October 2014

‘Dancing on a pontoon’. Filmed at New Brighton, Wirral, UK, on 21st October 2014 with a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

Translated from the Dutch SOVON ornithologists:

Monday, April 6th, 2015

How are lapwings in Friesland? And what is the breeding success of the Dutch buzzards? Information that can be found since this week on the website of sovon.nl. On the website part vogelinfo Sovon now also presents data at the provincial level.

Birders who are curious where most redshanks can be found in their province and whether the black-tailed godwits are increasing or decreasing in their environment, can now easily find information online. Based on bird counts by more than 9,000 volunteers, Sovon can not only at national level tell a lot about the birds, but we also present data by province. In addition, now we show about many species what their annual breeding success is and how presence by season is.

Pigeon startles female pheasant in England

This video from England says about itself:

3 April 2015

A [wood] pigeon startles a female pheasant and makes her run, I love the hop over the water bowl. Very funny!

Young white-tailed eagle seen again in England

This 2014 video is called The White Tailed Eagle (Birds Documentary).

According to the Twitter account of the RSPB in South and West Scotland, Sona, the white-tailed eagle chick which starred last year on BBC’s Springwatch TV, has been seen again; in County Durham, England.