Hen harrier nest webcam, unique worldwide

This video shows a male hen harrier cleaning his feathers on a pole.

If all will go well, then tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, a webcam will be online, showing live images of a hen harrier nest in a field in Flevoland province in the Netherlands. You will then be able to see them at this site.

This is a world scale first. The nest is one of only eight hen harrier nests in the Netherlands this year.

Rare birds in Dutch Flevoland in 2011

Great grey shrike

Dutch conservationists Natuurmonumenten report about rare birds in Flevoland province. In Harderbroek reserve, a great grey shrike winters.

In the Harderbos nature reserve, hundreds of red-crested pochard ducks spend the winter.

And both in Harderbos and Voorsterbos reserves, a raven couple flies around. Will they nest there next spring [in 2012]?

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.

Montagu’s harrier research in Britain: here.

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.