Starling bathing, video


This is a video of a starling bathing in the garden of Michael de Vries, in Ede, the Netherlands.

Good nightjar news from the Netherlands


This video shows an European nightjar in Sweden.

Translated from Dutch conservation organisation Natuurmonumenten:

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Good news from Heumensoord: shepherd Bart Willers found on the open moorland of this nature reserve near Nijmegen two young nightjar chicks.

It is the first time that these vulnerable birds have been detected breeding outside the area of Heumensoord which is closed to the public. Earlier, nightjars were seen at the airfield site as breeding birds. That the animal now nests succesfully outside this zone indicates that the management is going in the right direction.

Cow pursues pelican, video


Since 13 August 2015, a great white pelican is present near Westervoort  town in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

In this 21 August video, a cow pursues the pelican. Smaller birds, like northern lapwings, on the foreground of the video.

Karlo Bolder made this video.

Dragonfly on sunny balcony, video


This video is about a four-spotted chaser dragonfly, on a sunny balcony, four stories high, in Berg en Dal village in Gelderrland province in the Netherlands.

Pauline Hilgers made this video.

Dragonfly migration: here.

Eurasian cave lion fossil discovery by seven-year-old


This video says about itself:

World Of The [Eurasian] Cave Lion

20 January 2014

Simba‘s European Cousin.

Translated from Nu.nl in the Netherlands:

Boy finds in Gelderland bones of prehistoric cave lion

August 16, 2015 20:20

The now ten-year-old Enzo Smink in the Gelderland town Wekerom has found an absolutely unique find. On a secluded beach nearby he found the lower jaw of a rare prehistoric cave lion.

That is reported by paleontological museum De Groene Poort in Boxtel this Sunday.

Smink made the discovery as early as the summer of 2012, but no one then realized what the boy had found. The remains landed in a box with his grandmother.

Only when the boy earlier this year got the bones out again for a speech, his mother decided to send a picture of it to specialists.

“An archaeological finding of this format is probably done once in twenty years,” says director René Fraaije of the museum to NU.nl. “Cave lions at that time were already rare, let alone that ten thousand years later their bones are often found.”

Cave drawings

The cave lion was the largest predator of the time of the mammoths. This animal lived in most of Europe then. The name does not refer to the lifestyle of the enormous feline, but to the place where most of the remains of the lions have been found.

The animal became extinct at the end of the last ice age, roughly ten thousand years ago. This was due to the changing climate and the extinction of the prey animals that the lions fed on. Most information about the appearance of the cave lion is derived from prehistoric cave drawings.

Enzo Smink will transfer the find officially to the prehistoric museum on Monday. There the lower jaw will get a special place in the collection.

Red fox gets itchy, video


This video is about a red fox getting itchy between blueberry bushes in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

Hummingbird hawkmoth visits flowers, video


This slow motion video from Nijmegen city in Gelderland province in the Netherlands shows a hummingbird hawkmoth (and a bee) visiting flowers.

Recorded on 28 June 2015.