Bittern in winter, video


This video shows a bittern, walking along a reed bed bank on a winter’s day in Lauwersmeer national park in the Netherlands.

Kees Verheij made the video.

Rough-legged buzzard hovering, video


This 20 December 2015 video shows a rough-legged buzzard hovering, at De Pomp, Lauwersmeer national park, the Netherlands.

More about rough-legged buzzards in the Netherlands is here.

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.