Bewick’s swans in winter, video

This March 2018 video is about Bewick’s swans in icy circumstances in the Lauwersmeer national park in the Netherlands.

Wim Bender made the video.


Herring gull eats sea star

This 11 January 2018 video is about a young herring gull eating a starfish at Lauwersoog harbour in the Netherlands.

Maria Woortman made this video.

Klieuw, Dutch book about herring gull growing up: here.

Common tern in the wind

This November 2017 video shows a common tern having trouble standing still in the wind.

Maria Woortman made this video in Lauwersoog harbour in the Netherlands.

Bearded tit dancing, video

This October 2017 video shows a male bearded tit ‘dancing’ to catch insects in moss.

Maria Woortman made this video in Lauwersmeer national park in the Netherlands.

Sea eaglet twins in Dutch national parks

This video shows two adult sea eagles resting in Dutch Lauwersmeer national park on 14 August 2016. Gulls try to drive them away.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Sea eagle couple in Lauwersmeer gets twins

Today, 13:56

The sea eagle couple of the Lauwersmeer national park got two youngsters this year. Yesterday, the Forestry Department spotted both young additions, RTV Noord regional TV writes.

Over the last three years, breeding failed twice. Last year was better, the eagle couple got one eaglet.

“The last time we had two young birds here was in 2013,” says forester Jaap Kloosterhuis.

The Forestry Department observes the birds from a distance. “We can and do not want to get too close. We follow them with a telescope.”

The youngsters do not look that young any more. “They already have feathers,” says Kloosterhuis. Therefore, they will likely be ringed soon.

The foresters will discuss when to ring the eaglets this afternoon. Young birds are ringed when their legs have become fully grown, so that the rings will not harm them.

Warden Bertwin Bergman of Oostvaardersplassen national park reports that local white-tailed eagle twins have been ringed today. There, in 2006, sea eagles nested for the first time in the Netherlands after centuries of absence. Ever since 2007, Oostvaardersplassen eaglets have been ringed; so, today was the 11th time.

In the Oostvaardersplassen nest, there were carp, coot and grey lag goose meat scraps. So, the eaglets have a varied diet.

Turnstones in winter, video

This 14 January 2017 video shows turnstones at Lauwersoog harbour in the Netherlands.

Bittern in reed bed, video

This video shows a bittern in a reed bed in Lauwersmeer national park in the Netherlands.

Piet Zuidema made this video.