Honey buzzard eating wasp larvae


This 7 September 2017 video shows a female honey buzzard called Walien at a common wasp nest in a hollow pollard willow tree in the Zutphense IJsseluiterwaard in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

Walien eats the wasp larvae to get strong enough for her autumn migration flight to Africa.

Stef van Rijn made this video.

See also here.

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Recovered young cuckoo freed


This 18 August 2017 video shows the freeing of a young cuckoo after rehabilitation, in the Ooijpolder nature reserve in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

This young bird grew up in a reed warbler nest in the Ooijpolder. It was the first young cuckoo ever to be on a webcam. Unfortunately, the cuckoo fell out of the nest, damaged by storm. It was brought to a bird hospital. The cuckoo’s reed warbler foster parents started a new nest. Meanwhile, the young reed warblers have fledged.

And now, after convalescence, the young cuckoo has fledged as well.

Leopard slug video


This 17 August 2017 video is about a leopard slug.

Marc Canton made this video near Arnhem city in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

Otter born in Dutch nature reserve


This 23 July 2017 video from Gelderland province in the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

For the first time since more than 50 years ago, a young otter has been born in the Gelderse Poort nature reserve. This video was made with a camera trap by Jorden Spliethof.

Read more here.

Dutch garden birds, mammals, frogs


This video was recorded by Michael de Vries in his garden in Gelderland province in the Netherlands, in the summer, fall, winter and spring of 2010-2011.

Including hawfinches; wood mice and house mice at peanut butter; bramblings; hedgehog at peanut butter; nuthatch; short-toed treecreper; common frogs in the pond; blue tits, great tits and house sparrows gathering nesting material; greenfinches; and more.

Cuckoo almost fledging, reed warblers’ new eggs


This 2014 video from the Netherlands is about a young cuckoo fed by its Eurasian reed warbler foster parent.

This blog has reported on the reed warbler nest in Gelderse Poort nature reserve in Gelderland province in the Netherlands in which a cuckoo’s egg was laid.

A storm damaged the nest, and the young cuckoo fell out of it, and was saved by bringing it to a bird hospital. Today, Dutch ANP news agency reports that the cuckoo is almost ready to fledge.

I hope the young bird will manage to make the long migration journey to Africa and back.

Meanwhile, the reed warbler couple has built a new nest, and are sitting on four reed warbler eggs.

Young webcam cuckoo saved


This 13 June 2017 video is about a young cuckoo in a reed warbler nest in Gelderse Poort nature reserve in Gelderland province in the Netherlands. The video shows the ringing of this cuckoo.

As this blog mentioned before, this reed warbler nest was the first ever nest in the world with a webcam showing what happened after a cuckoo egg was laid into it.

Unfortunately, on 14 June, the young cuckoo fell out of the nest because of wind. A webcam person, Bram Ubels, put it back into the nest. The next day, 15 June, the cuckoo fell out again. The nest was damaged, so the youngster could not be put back again. The young bird was cold and might have died soon. Now, it is recovering in a bird hospital.

Meanwhile, the reed warbler couple has started to build a new nest. The webcam is still there.