Snow bunting couple looks for food, video

This video shows a male and a female snow bunting in winter plumage, looking for food near the harbour of Lauwersoog, in Lauwersmeer national park in the Netherlands.

Usually, snow buntings wintering in the Netherlands migrate back to their Arctic breeding grounds in March.

Maria Woortman made this video.

Good sea-trout news from the Netherlands

This spring, young sea-trout were freed in streams in Drenthe province in the Netherlands. This species used to live there, but had become extinct.

As the video shows, on 20 October 2015 the young trout were caught, measured and freed again, to find out how well they are doing. It turned out they were growing up well.

If all will go well, then they will migrate to the Lauwersmeer, and then to the sea.

Many snipes, video

This video, made from a hide in Lauwersmeer national park in the Netherlands, shows many snipes.

Piet Zuidema made the video.

Coots, swan and horses, video

This video shows a mute swan, bringing water plants to the surface.

Coots feed on them.

Konik horses in the background.

Marijke de Boer made this video in Lauwersmeer national park in the Netherlands.

Brünnich’s guillemots, Svalbard and the Netherlands

This video shows a Brünnich’s guillemot, on 29 July 2012, near Lauwersoog in the Netherlands. This Arctic bird is very rare in the Netherlands.

The recent Dutch Svalbard expedition went to the biggest Brünnich’s guillemot nesting colony of the archipelago: Stellingfjellet, with about 100,000 nests. There, young fledgling birds were then jumping off the cliffs to the sea, often accompanied by their fathers.

White-tailed eagle catches eel, video

In this video, a white-tailed eagle catches an eel, while gulls fly around it.

Michael Kopijn made this video from the Sylka hide in Lauwersmeer national park in the Netherlands.

Proximity to wind-power plants reduces the breeding success of the white-tailed eagle: here.

Rare wryneck, video

This wryneck was seen recently in Lauwersmeer national park in the Netherlands.

Probably, it was on its autumn migration from Scandinavia to Africa.

Maria Woortman made the video.