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.

Otter making hole in ice, video


This is a video about an otter trying to make a hole in ice in Natuurpark Lelystad in the Netherlands. Which is not that easy …

Annette Vondra made the video.

Orphaned otter rescued in Scotland: here.

Lesser scaup in the Netherlands


This video from Wales is about a lesser scaup, swimming between tufted ducks, mute swans and a black-headed gull. It says about itself:

Lesser Scaup Cosmeston CP 21 February 2012

This very fine drake Lesser Scaup has been returning to the Cardiff area for a number of years but this was the first time I’d gone for it, calling in on the way back from the Common Yellowthroat. It showed very well for me but the light was awkward and fading fast.

For some time already recently, there has been a lesser scaup near Biddinghuizen village in Flevoland province in the Netherlands.

This North American duck species is rare in Europe.

Rare fungus discovery in Dutch Flevoland


Trichoglossum walteri

Translated from the Dutch Mycological Society:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recently, on black clayey soil, some black fungi were found in the Spijkbos woodland among fallen leaves. The finder sent them to a specialist to see if it were some earth tongues. They turned out to be the rare Trichoglossum walteri. This is only the second time that this earth tongue species has been found in the Netherlands.