Kingfisher, song thrush and robin


This 2016 video says about itself:

The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), also known as the Eurasian kingfisher and river kingfisher, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter.

Today, to Gooilust nature reserve.

A robin. A song thrush.

Close to the exit, suddenly a kingfisher flying fast across the footpath to the water.

Black-tailed skimmer dragonfly female photo


Black-tailed skimmer dragonfly female, 25 July 2017

This photo shows a black-tailed skimmer dragonfly female, in the Gooilust nature reserve in the Netherlands on 25 July 2017.

Males of this species are light blue and black. Females are yellowish, later brownish.

Buzzard family, butterflies and flowers


Painted lady, 30 July 2016

On 30 July 2016, to Gooilust nature reserve again. Where we saw this painted lady butterfly on a butterfly-bush flower in the garden.

Before the garden, near the Gooilust entrance, we heard a young buzzard, presumably still a nestling, call.

A male buzzard, presumably its father, flying, then sitting down on a tree. Then, that buzzard flew to the ground, catching, probably, a rodent. While in flight, he transferred his prey to his female mate. Who then flew to the nest. The youngster’s calls turned to silence, presumably because it was feeding.

Then, we continued to the Gooilust garden. Many butterflies: small whites; map butterflies. Red admirals. Peacock butterflies.

Also, various bumblebee species.

Dahlia, 30 July 2016

Many beautiful dahlia flowers.

Dahlia, on 30 July 2016

Of various colours, including white.

Dahlias, 30 July 2016

Nuthatch sound.

Corversbos, 30 July 2016

We left Gooilust, passing the Corversbos fields.

Rhododendron flowers and love at nature reserve


In this 2 June 2016 Dutch video, warden Hanne visits Gooilust nature reserve. She looks at the Rhododendron Valley, called after the Rhododendron flowers there. This part of Gooilust is also called The Valley of Love.

Nuthatch, Egyptian geese and song thrush


This 2015 video from Cornwall shows a song thrush singing.

This morning to Gooilust nature reserve again. Great spotted woodpecker and chaffinch sounds.

An Egyptian goose on the forest floor. A bit unusual environment for this species. The goose cleans its feathers.

A nuthatch looks for insects on a tree.

A large earth bumblebee passes.

A dunnock on the footpath.

On a meadow, a white stork couple on their nest.

Finally, a song thrush on the forest floor.

Marsh tits and robin


Marsh tit, 25 January 2016

On 25 January 2016, again to Gooilust. Not just the usual tit species, blue tit and great tit, but also a group of rarer marsh tits in a tree.

Marsh tit, Gooilust, 25 January 2016

That is, if they were really marsh tits, not willow tits. Based on this discussion and people recording marsh tits, not willow tits in Gooilust on waarneming.nl I made the difficult decision on these two species which are so similar, to finally decide for marsh tits.

A bit further, a nuthatch on the footpath.

Jays calling. Great spotted woodpecker sounds.

Snowdrop flowers.

Robin, Gooilust, 25 January 2016

Still further, near the manor, this beautiful robin in a rhododendron shrub.

Bathing chaffinches and nuthatch


Gooilust, 23 January 2016

On 23 January 2016, again to Gooilust. Where some trees were flowering, as this photo shows.

Blue tit sounds. A brambling on the forest floor.

Gooilust, 23 January 2016, great tit

A great tit on an old tree.

Gooilust, 23 January 2016, female blackbird

A female blackbird on a fence.

Gooilust, 23 January 2016, male blackbird and chaffinches

A bit further, a male blackbird bathing in a puddle on the footpath. Soon, two male chaffinches join him. A nuthatch to the right of the puddle on the path.

Gooilust, 23 January 2016, chaffinches

Then, the blackbird leaves, and the chaffinches keep bathing.

Jelly ear fungi on a fallen branch.

Gooilust, 23 January 2016, nuthatch

On a big tree near the Gooilust manor, a nuthatch.

Gooilust, 23 January 2016, great spotted woodpecker

As we continue, a female great spotted woodpecker.

And finally, a robin on a big log near the exit.

Redwings, bramblings, wood and flowers


Beech tree and leaves, 8 January 2016

On 8 January 2016, we went to Gooilust nature reserve again. This photo shows an old beech tree lying there. In its splits, colourful beech autumn leaves had settled.

Like the other photos in this blog post, this is a macro photography photo.

Before we arrived there, we walked on the lane from Corversbos nature reserve to Gooilust. A brambling sitting in a tree.

While one of many nuthatches sang.

In Gooilust, a flock of redwings feeding on holly berries. The redwing is the national bird of Turkey; though they don’t nest there, they only winter there; like in the Netherlands.

A bit further, a male brambling sitting on a branch.

A robin drinking from a puddle on the footpath.

Gooilust, 8 January 2016

Another dead tree lying on the forest floor.

A blue tit.

A jay.

A buzzard flies past.

Gooilust, witch-hazel flowers, 8 January 2016

The witch-hazel still, or already, flowering.

A mole‘s tunnel crossing the footpath.

A flowering daisy.

A male great spotted woodpecker in a tree.

A male and a female blackbird sit on a fence. Above them, acrobatic antics by long-tailed tits in a tree.

Near the estate’s garden, a short-toed treecreeper.

Egyptian geese on a meadow.

Two grey herons near ditches.

Gooilust, moss, 8 January 2016

As we returned to Corversbos, this photo of the moss growing there.

Witch-hazel flowers, birds and fungi in December


Gooilust, 26 December 2015

On 26 December 2015, to Corversbos and Gooilust nature reserves. This photo shows a spot in Gooilust where birds often come to drink. Like the other photos in this blog post, this is a wide-angle lens photo.

In Corversbos, a robin near a fence. And a male and a female blackbird on a field.

Along the dirt road from Corverbos to Gooilust, candlesnuff fungus.

There was a Christmas tree near the Gooilust entrance. Not with normal Christmas tree ornaments, but with bird food in Christmas tree ornament shapes. However, contrary to other years, I did not see birds at the tree. Maybe because this December is abnormally warm, and birds can still find food at many places.

We arrived at the water where birds often drink. Great tits; a blue tit. A robin on the bank. A chaffinch.

Sounds of nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker and jay.

Gooilust, witch-hazel flowers, 26 December 2015

A bit further was a flowering witch-hazel tree; and still further, another one.

Gooilust, more witch-hazel flowers, 26 December 2015

They normally bloom in January-March. Not as early as December.

Gooilust, still more witch-hazel flowers, 26 December 2015

We continued. Egyptian geese in a meadow.

Sulphur tuft fungi.

Gooilust pond, 26 December 2015

As the camera setting changed from colours to black and white, we arrived at the pond, where one can see dragonflies in summer, but not now.

Gooilust canal, 26 December 2015

Here is another black and white photo, of a canal a bit further. At the far end of the canal, a naturally black and white horse is just visible.

Gooilust trees, 26 December 2015

Near the exit of Gooilust, some old trees had been logged.

A grey heron on the bank of a ditch. Behind it, on a meadow, a flock of grey lag geese.

Gooilust canal reflections, 26 December 2015

Finally, the dirt road to the Corversbos again. In the canal along it, water plants and reflections of trees.