Good meadow bird news from Dutch Friesland


This is a black-tailed godwit video from Sweden.

Warden Jacob Hanenburg reports today about Surhuizumermieden nature reserve in Friesland province in the Netherlands (translated):

In 2008 in the 80 hectare nature reserve south of Buitenpost only 14 black-tailed godwit couples bred. In 2015, the number had increased by a factor of five to 73 couples! A similar picture emerges for other wader species such as northern lapwing, redshank, snipe and shoveler. By State Forest Service management and good special meadow bird measures these birds do exceptionally well in the area. One positive note in the Year of the Lapwing.

Roe deer cleaning each other, video


On this video, two roe dear clean each other with their tongues.

Ilse Stuive made this video from her living room in De Trieme, in Friesland province in the Netherlands.

Dutch bird-poisoning poacher arrested


Some of the birds killed by the poacher in Friesland, police photo

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Hunter arrested for poisoning birds of prey

Today, 09:56

Police have arrested a hunter for poisoning several birds, including a hen harrier, reports [regional broadcaster] Omrop Fryslân. The dead birds were in a hunting field in Hallum. Police found the hunter around there.

In his car was a poisoned duck as well. Perhaps he wanted to use it as a lure for the raptors. Also in his car there was a number of banned lead bullets.

The police searched the hunter’s house. There, forbidden pesticides and banned ammunition was seized. He was taken to the police station for questioning.

The birds killed by this poacher also included, eg, a wigeon and a poisoned dove.

Otter at yachting marina, video


This video shows an otter eating a fish on a boat in a boat in a yachting marina in Sneek town in Friesland province in the Netherlands,

This 21 January 2016 camera trap video is by Harrie Bosma.

Green woodpecker slow motion video


This is an early January 2016 video of a green woodpecker.

Johann from Veenwouden village in Friesland province in the Netherlands made this slow motion video with his cellphone.

Birds, beech marten, and otter video


This is a camera trap video by Harrie Bosma, recorded in a nature reserve in Friesland province in the Netherlands.

First, it shows a male great spotted woodpecker.

Then, a grey heron.

Then, a beech marten which has caught a fish.

Finally, an otter.

Otter and raccoon dog, video


This collage of December 2015 camera trap video clips by Harrie Bosma from Friesland province in the Netherlands show an otter and a raccoon dog.