Good long-eared owl news

This video is about long-eared owls.

Vroege Vogels TV in the Netherlands reports that this year, more long-eared owls than ever have been counted in Friesland province. 1740 owls at 143 resting places. Last winter, there had only been 800 birds.

Extremely probably, this is because 2014 has been a good year for rodents. Other owl species have profited from this as well. 90-95% of long-eared owl food are common voles. In a bad rodent year, they eat some small birds as well.

Sea trout re-introduction in the Netherlands

This video says about itself:

Small Salmo trutta (7,5 cm), Brown trout/Sea trout always looking for something to eat

Fry from our local wild Sea trout from river stream Vester Nebel in Kolding, Denmark.

Translated from the Dutch Wadden Sea Society:


Sea trout will be freed in Lauwersmeer

On Friday, March 6th 1000 sea trout will be released into the Lauwersmeer lake. It’s the start of a multi-year restoration of this iconic migratory fish. A large coalition of nature lovers, anglers and regional governments want to work to let the trout swim again in healthy numbers between the Wadden Sea and their spawning grounds in Groningen and Drenthe. For the multiannual program this month a request for contributing financially by the Wadden Fund has been submitted.

Thanks to one-time contributions from the provinces of Groningen and Friesland, in anticipation of the implementation of the multiannual program, now sea trout will be released already into the Lauwersmeer.

Poetry in a Dutch nature reserve

This 15 January 2015 video is about a four kilometer long footpath in nature reserve Wijnjeterper Schar in Friesland province in the Netherlands. Along the path are the texts of fifteen poems in the Dutch and Frisian languages.

Short-eared owl video

Jordan van der Maas made this video on 4 January 2015 in the south-east of Friesland province in the Netherlands.

It shows a short-eared owl.

Lapwing egg collecting in Dutch Friesland banned

This video is about a northern lapwing nest.

Dutch NOS TV reports that for this spring, collecting northern lapwing eggs in Friesland province is banned.

Collecting lapwing eggs was already illegal in all other provinces. In Friesland, where it is an old tradition, provincial authorities OK’d it.

Dutch conservation organisation Faunabescherming sued Friesland authorities about that. The supreme court has now decided that the Frisian authorities should have investigated northern lapwing decline in Friesland first before permitting collecting.

As it is too late now for such an investigation, this spring collecting lapwing eggs will be illegal in Friesland.

See also here.

Carnivorous plant and insects, video

This is a video about a carnivorous plant feeding on insects in the Netherlands.

It is a sundew plant. Its prey includes damselflies, dragonflies and horse-flies.

Johann Brauer made this video in the Blauwe Bos woodland in Friesland province.

Insects in Friesland: here.