27 April 2018 to the Palmerswaard nature reserve, again there on 28 April; by this ferry across the Rhine. Like other photos in this blog post, this is a cellphone photo. In the background of the photo is the 82 meter high tower of the Cunera church in Rhenen. It is a 15th century late Gothic church. The name of the church refers to Saint Cunera; who, however, appears to be no more than a legend.
At a restaurant close to the ferry landing in Rhenen were these
bottlebrush flowers; originally from Australia.
As we enter the Palmerswaard, a lesser black-backed gull flying. A
mute swan and a tufted duck couple swimming.
Like yesterday, a
reed warbler sings.
This photo from the northern, Palmerswaard, bank of the river Rhine shows a lake, behind it a dike, behind the dike the (invisible) Rhine, and behind the Rhine (visible) the southern bank.
As we continue, two
There are smaller and bigger lakes all over the Palmerswaard.
On a branch, we see a
cuckoo sitting and calling.
green-veined white butterfly.
meadow pipit on a pole.
shelducks and a gadwall couple.
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Before we went by ferry
on the morning of 27 April 2018 from Lienden to Rheden, there were these morning dew flowers.
Here they are again, a bit closer …
and still closer, these dandelions …
… and these
lady’s smock flowers.
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This May 2017 drone video is about
Palmerswaard nature reserve, west of Rhenen, in Utrecht province in the Netherlands.
26 March 2018, on 27 March we went to Palmerswaard nature reserve.
First, the ferry from
Lienden to Rhenen.
reed bunting sings from a bush.
coot on its nest.
In shallow water,
water mint grows.
mute swan, and a tufted duck couple swimming.
grey heron flying.
cuckoo calls. So, he is back from Africa.
great cormorants flying.
great crested grebe on its nest.
Willow warbler song, chiffchaff song.
A female, and later a male
moorhen running fast along a bank,
As we walk back, two
common sandpipers land.
Reed warbler singing.
Just before the ferry landing, a
carrion crow. Like this: Like Loading...
26 April 2018 started with the same
little owl on the same willow as on 25 April (with a little more sunlight).
This 2017 video is about Ouwehand’s zoo in
Rhenen in the Netherlands.
We went to
Ouwehand’s zoo later on 26 April.
Part of the zoo is
the Bear Forest.
This is a 2012
Dutch rap song about that Bear Forest.
In the Bear Forest,
brown bears which used to be mistreated, forced to perform tricks on streets, bears which would not be able to survive in the wild, can recover in a big area with trees, a waterfall, rocks, a pond, etc.
We asked a Bear Forest information lady: there are twelve brown bears here, do they quarrel? No, they never quarrel, as there is enough space. One thing is especially moving about the bears. When they were forced to perform tricks, they had to do that the whole year, summer or winter. But as soon as they arrived here, they were able to have their natural rhythm of
The lady showed several replicas of bear skulls. The biggest one was of an, extinct,
cave bear. The second biggest one was of the biggest bear species alive now: the polar bear. And the smallest skull replica was of a red panda. Like this: Like Loading...
the morning of 25 April 2018 around Lienden in the Netherlands, the afternoon in the same area.
orange-tip butterfly. A speckled wood butterfly.
There were flowers, like
cow parsley …
buttercups and grass …
and faded dandelions. And
horsetails (a plant group, older than the dinosaurs and still alive).
little owl was still present at the polled willow.
green-veined white butterfly. Like this: Like Loading...
This 2010 video is about the
Tollewaard area, south of the river Rhine, north of Lienden village in the Netherlands.
24 April 2018 around Lienden and Rhenen came 25 April.
We walked, first to the Tollewaard.
Near a farm along the river, a
kestrel in its nestbox.
white stork on its nest.
Egyptian goose. A lesser black-backed gull.
Barn swallows flying.
Above a meadow, a
northern lapwing drives a redshank away.
We arrive in the
great crested grebe swims.
speckled wood butterfly.
Snow goose, other wildlife, on Voorne island
Flowers, dragonflies and birds
Rottumerplaat desert island bird news
Garganey, pintail, and other birds
Kingfisher, goshawk and flowers
Geese wintering in the Netherlands
Canada goose as ugly duckling?
Spoonbill, harrier harried away, godwits
Ring-necked parakeet on video
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This 2013 video is about
Blauwe kamer nature reserve in Utrecht province in the Netherlands.
Before we arrived at the Blauwe Kamer today, 24 April 2018, the day after
23 April, we saw this green woodpecker. Not a great photo (through a window), but unmistakable.
grey heron flies. A wren sings.
At the ferry from
Gelderland province to the Blauwe Kamer, barn swallows fly over the river Rhine.
Gadwall and mallard ducks swim.
This September 2017 video is about nature reserve
De Blauwe Kamer in the Netherlands. It shows osprey, white stork, great egret and other birds. Also konik horses and red deer.
On the Blauwe Kamer bank, a male
From the Blauwe Kamer bird hide, we see nesting
spoonbills, grey herons and great cormorants. Also tufted ducks and Egyptian geese.
There were fresh green spring leaves on the trees; even on a tree which had fallen down.
As we walk on, a
willow warbler sings.
On the chimney of the old Blauwe Kamer brick factory, a
Back on the southern bank of the Rhine, this
chaffinch sings. Like this: Like Loading...
This September 2017 video, from the air, is about
Lienden village in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.
North of Lienden is the
Marspolder nature reserve; where we went on 23 April 2018.
Much of this area
became a nature reserve recently.
We arrived at
Rhenen railway station. House sparrow. Blackcap singing. Ribwort plantain growing.
Arriving at the Marsdijk, a
In the Rhine river swim two
great crested grebes,
Grey lag geese. An oystercatcher on the bank.
great cormorants fly past.
Lady’s smock flowers.
White dead-nettle flowers.
Edible frogs in a ditch. Like this one.
In the nature reserve, male and female
tufted ducks. And a great crested grebe couple.
As we walk back,
green woodpecker and greenfinch sound.
little owl on a polled willow.
In a pond, a mallard couple and a male
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