Beautiful birds in nature reserve

This is a short-toed treecreeper video from Croatia.

This morning, in Gooilust nature reserve, a song thrush. And a great egret, a white stork couple clapping their bills, nuthatches and a short-toed treecreeper. Green woodpecker sound.

This afternoon in Gooilust, four white wagtails.

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 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.