Lammert Heine made the video.
There were males.
And females as well.
There was a redshank too, but it did not want to be photographed.
A little grebe, also known as dabchick, swimming.
A male tufted duck swimming as well.
A bluethroat singing on a bush.
A chiffchaff sings.
We arrive at another lake.
A reed warbler sings, somewhere in a reedbed.
A garden warbler sings in a tree.
A male and a female reed bunting together in a tree.
A rabbit crosses the footpath.
A garden tiger moth caterpillar.
Not the only specimen of this species today.
Again, a whitethroat singing. One of the most common birds in Meijendel.
Seaside pansy flowers.
A female stonechat on a bush.
A juvenile common frog.
Clove-scented broomrape flowers.
Also about Meijendel: here.
Time use and foraging behaviour in pre-breeding dabbling ducks Anas spp. in sub-arctic Norway: here.
On 17 May 2014, to Meijendel nature reserve. We went very early. Already before sunrise, many nightingales singing so beautifully. As usually, you could hear most nightingales, but not see them. This one, singing from the top of a Meijendel bush, was an exception; as most birds of this species sing at inconspicuous places.
A bit later than the nightingales, but still before sunrise, a blackbird began to sing.
And a robin.
And a blackcap.
And a redstart.
At a lake about a kilometer away, the booming sound of a bittern; only audible for excellent ears.
A song thrush.
A cuckoo calls.
We are in the Ganzenhoek part of the reserve, usually inaccessible to people.
It is still hazy; the sun has not driven away the fog yet.
A willow warbler sings.
Then, the nightingale on top of the bush of the photo on top of this blog post.
One of many whitethroats sings.
Seaside pansy flowers.
Canada geese flying overhead.
A carrion crow.
Two great cormorants flying.
A woodlark sings.
A shallow lake. In Meijendel at this time of the year, many tadpoles of various species in lakes likes this.
A northern lapwing calls.
Early marsh orchid flowers.
Then, on to a drier part of the reserve, with sand dunes.
There are about 250 foxes in Meijendel, but we don’t see one today.
We do see a male stonechat on a bush.
On another bush, a meadow pipit sings. With the early morning moon still in the background.
Cinnabar moths flying; a bit further, their caterpillars.
Then, a female northern wheatear.
A goshawk flying.
Still remnants of fog in lower parts of dune valleys.
Stay tuned, as there will be another blog post on 17 May in Meijendel.
On 16 February 2013, to Meijendel nature reserve.
Before we departed, the song thrush singing in a parking lot treetop. A carrion crow drove it away to sit on the treetop itself.
At the Meijendel parking lot, jackdaws and rooks on trees. A chaffinch on the ground.
A blackbird. A great tit.
Then, a special bird. A marsh tit. It moves so fast among the branches that it is impossible to make good photographs of it.
Next, a ring-necked parakeet couple. Less and less of these parrots are by now in the big flocks sleeping, eg, on the island in the pond of The Hague city centre. Ring-necked parakeets nest early in the year. The two birds here inspect whether a hole in a tree is fit for a nest. They seem to like it.
Much to the disappointment of a starling couple, which would have liked to nest there as well.
There are still icy patches on the footpaths.
At the hide, the water in the lake is still frozen. One of us speaks about seeing a bittern in the reed beds, but it may be wishful thinking. Others think they hear cranes. Wishful thinking as well? Is the sound really geese?
Another starling couple. This time with a nest hole which is unambiguously theirs.
The male spreads his wings and sings.
A bit further, two marsh tits. A blue tit.
The next lake is mostly frozen as well. A lone coot swims in the open water part.
A dunnock singing.
In these fifteen minutes, 10:36 to 10:51, I count: one female common pochard. Nine mallards. Ten great cormorants. Two mute swans. Fifteen coots. One dunnock. One great tit.
Then, on to the far western dunes, where one has a view of the sea. Over twenty sanderlings. Some resting; some running frantically along the floodline.
Three oystercatchers. Scores of adult and juvenile herring gulls.
Two great crested grebes swimming in the sea.
As we walk back, a buzzard sitting on a bush. Later, a kestrel flying.
Tulostoma fimbriatum fungi. A species which does not mind winter cold as much as many other fungi species.
Today, to Meijendel nature reserve.
A buzzard flying.
A willow tit.
A male blackcap.
A rabbit on a dune.
As we go back, a kestrel hovering near the highway.
This is a Dutch video about Meijendel nature reserve.
On our way, black swans near the Valkenburg lake.
Songs of chiffchaffs. And of a willow warbler (early in the year for that species).
A male and a female great spotted woodpecker.
A song thrush near a treetop, singing beautifully for a long time.
A stock dove.
Blue tits and great tits.
A marsh tit.
A bit further, on the dune sand floor, much smaller fungi: winter stalkballs.
Green woodpecker sound.
And a little grebe.
A sparrowhawk circling in the air.
A male fallow deer.
Finally, striated earthstars.
Meijendel dwarf earthstar photos: here.
This is a video of two black-necked grebes in the Netherlands.
Before arriving there: two adult black swans with young, near the Valkenburgse meer.
Immediately after the Kikkervalleien entrance: two black-necked grebes swimming.
A lady working for the nature reserve shows us a very young natterjack toad, which was a tadpole not long ago. Also many still very small common frogs. Later, also an adult common toad there. There are also invertebrates in the water here, including great pond snails.
A bit higher, not so close to the water: scarlet pimpernel flowers.
Orchids of Zwanenwater reserve: here.
Many great cormorants flying overhead.
On the water’s edge of a small shallow dune lake, many very small common frogs. Swimming in the water: their brothers and sisters, still in the tadpole phase.
A bit higher, in the dunes: star gentian flowers.
When we get back to the entrance, a black-necked grebe swimming at the same spot where we have seen it earlier.
Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes are superficially very similar in their black-and-white winter plumage, and structural features are important in their separation: here.
Slavonian grebe spotted at Worcestershire reserve: here.
This is a video of a male red-crested pochard.
Today, to Meijendel nature reserve.
Before I got there, from the train: many grey lag geese at the Naardermeer. Near Hoofddorp tufted ducks, and later a buzzard.
A coot transporting a green leaf of its own size across the water to its nest near the river Rhine.
Walking from the bus stop to Meijendel, a long-tailed tit. And brimstone butterflies. Later, in Meijendel itself, many speckled wood butterflies.
In Meijendel, I walk at first along the path with red markers; then, the blue path; finally, the yellow path which leads to the sea.
A jay. Sounds of willow warbler, chiffchaff, and great spotted woodpecker.
I arrive at the hide near one of the dune lakes. On the water: coots, mallards, tufted ducks, great crested grebes.
Just as I am starting to think: ‘nice birds, but common species’, I see two red-crested pochards, a male and a female, gliding over the water surface.
Then, a nightingale singing. The first one of many which I will hear here today.
I pass more dune lakes. I hear a little grebe calling. Four great cormorants pass overhead.
Great tits in bushes not far from the sea.
Oystercatchers, carrion crows, and herring gulls on the beach.
As I walk back, a meadow pipit and a barn swallow above the dunes closest to the sea.
Nightingale and chiffchaff sounds.
At the lake which I passed before on my way to the sea, the same birds, now joined by a northern lapwing. The common gulls are in an amorous mood.
At the hide, I didn’t see the red-crested pochards any more. However, there were two gadwall now.
Sounds of a green woodpecker and a pheasant.
Nightingales are disappearing from Britain because deer are eating the woodland undergrowth the birds need for nesting, a new study has shown. It is a significant breakthrough in understanding why numbers of the renowned songbird are rapidly falling; here.
Recently, two other species joined them.
They are the common Eurasian spadefoot toad; and the common tree frog.
Natterjack toads in Ireland: here.
Frogs in Europe: here.
Common frogs in prehistoric Czech human diet: here.