Montagu’s harrier chicks hatched on webcam, first time ever


This 17 June 2015 video shows two Montagu’s harrier chicks, hatching in a nest in Flevoland province in the Netherlands.

It is the first time ever anywhere in the world this happened while a webcam recorded it.

The webcam is here. Right now, as I blog this, there are connection problems. I hope they will be solved soon.

Black-winged stilt nests in Dutch nature reserve


This is a black-winged stilt video from the Czech republic.

Dutch conservation organisation Natuurmonumenten reports today on the Harderbroek, a nature reserve in Flevoland province.

A black-winged stilt couple nests here this year. This usually south European bird is rare in the Netherlands.

There is also a nesting colony of common terns and black-headed gulls. There, a Mediterranean gull couple (also rare in the Netherlands) nests as well.

Sunbathing grass snakes traffic sign


Sunbathing snakes traffic sign

This is a sign in the Kuinderbos nature reserve in Flevoland province in the Netherlands, warning traffic about grass snakes sunbathing here.

Barn swallows drinking, video


This video is about a flock of barn swallows, drinking raindrops.

Christ Grootzwagers made this video near the Oostvaardersveld nature reserve in Flevoland province, the Netherlands.

Good great egret and eagle news


This is a video from Finland, about a great egret at a river in winter. The river is surrounded by ice and snow, but it still flows; a bit similar to the river of the dipper nest I saw in Finland.

Warden Hans Breeveld reports today from Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands.

There are 171 great egret nests.

This spring, there is at least one eaglet in the sea eagle nest.

Peregrine falcons, other birds in Oostvaardersplassen national park


This video from Britain says about itself:

28 September 2014

Steve Leonard discovers just how fast a peregrine falcon can dive – by jumping off a hot air balloon.

Henk Hupkes, bird counter in Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands, reports about this winter.

26 ravens were counted on a February day; many, for a species recovering from extinction in the Netherlands.

Thirteen peregrine falcons were counted; also a species recovering from extinction, now that DDT has been banned.

There were many golden plovers, northern lapwings, and dunlins.

Great egret news


This video is about a great egret catching a mouse.

Jan Katsman made this video in the south of Flevoland province, the Netherlands.

About 200 great egret couples nest in the Netherlands.

Many more of these birds winter in the Netherlands. In February 2014, 3325 great egrets were counted. In February 2015, it was 6390 egrets.