From little girl to reed warbler biologist

This video says about itself:

3 July 2015

A family of Reed Warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus is shown searching for small invertebrates in a reed-bed. The well-grown chicks are old enough to feed themselves and they closely resemble their parents.

Translated from Vroege Vogels radio in the Netherlands today:

Like father like daughter

From her childhood on Anne Kwak was taken by her father [Robert Kwak] to a pond. He was there to count birds, she was there to play, because Anne was not interested in birds. Twenty-five years later they are still there, because Anne now is investigating the reed warbler.

Anne is npw a biologist and employee of the Radboud University in Nijmegen and is doing recently PhD research into the impact of pesticides on populations of reed warblers.

Robert is a biologist and works as head of the conservation department of Birdlife in the Netherlands. He specializes in waterfowl.

New water mites discovery in the Netherlands

This video says about itself:

A tiny species of water mite (taxa Hydracarina, species unresolved) and microworms (Panagrellus redivivus, a nematode) in a still-water aquarium.

From the Watermites introduction page:

ANYONE WHO TOOK A PEEK IN A CLEAR DITCH HAS SEEN THEM: the little red spiders that swim in the beautiful contrasting green of the water plants. They seem to roam about aimlessly, like simple red little balls with sprawling legs. Yet there are smaller species, not coloured red, but inconspicuous green or pale yellow. And you have to be an attentive observer to distinguish these minuscule dots in a jar full of jumping water fleas, where they move in more or less steady tracks, like planets between sparkling stars.

Worldwide there are over 5000 water mite species, with large differences in shape and habits. Some species are very similar to species on land.

Translated rom the Dutch EIS entomologists:

Feb 8, 2016 – Water mites are tiny, spider-like aquatic creatures. In the Netherlands, this group is well studied because they are used as indicators of water quality. It is therefore noteworthy that in recent years as many as nine new species of water mites have been found in the Netherlands. This brings the total number of species for our country to 267. …

In a recent article in Nederlandse Faunistische Mededelingen No. 45 eight new species were reported. Since the publication of this article again a new species for the Dutch fauna has been found, by Cynthia Kruijff-Van der Voorn of Waterschap Scheldestromen: Arrenurus denticulatus. This species is internationally very rare and had only been found in France, Romania and Sweden.

‘Dutch warplanes kill terrorists … oops, civilians in Iraq’

This video from the USA says about itself:

20 November 2015

A U.S. air strike that targeted an Islamic State checkpoint in Iraq in March likely killed four civilians, one of whom may have been a child. Air Forces Central Command began investigating the March 13 air strike by an A-10 tank-killer jet near al Hatra, Iraq, on April 20 after an Iraqi citizen reported that her car had been destroyed and its passengers killed. The US military while rarely acknowledging civilian casualities has recently began investigating several dozen strikes in which civilians were reported killed. In May, it concluded two children had been killed in an air strike in Syria in November 2014.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Possibly civilian deaths in Iraq by Dutch F-16s

Today, 00:37

In Iraq bombing by Dutch F-16s has possibly caused civilian casualties. This is evident from the answers to questions in parliament by the government. The reason for those questions was the decision to extend the bombing of ISIS into Syria.

The Netherlands has so far fired precision weapons 1300 times in Iraq.

So ‘precise’ that they kill civilians, like other armed forces’ ‘precision’ weapons do.

There is an investigation of two cases where civilians may have died. The Ministry of Defence does research, and has also informed the Public Prosecution Service.

For operational reasons, no details are released about the individual studies. Parliament will be informed after the examination.


The government last week took the decision to also bomb ISIS targets in Syria. The Netherlands is thus responding to a request from the United States Secretary of Defense.

Dutch religious fundamentalist confesses political murders

Bart van U. in court, drawing

This drawing shows Dutch self-confessed political murderer, Christian religious fundamentalist Bart van U., standing trial for the murder of a liberal politician, ex vice prime minister Ms Els Borst.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Bart van U.: I murdered Els Borst because of her euthanasia law

Today, 14:14

The suspect in the murder of former minister Els Borst has made a confession in court. Bart U. cites as his motive that Ms Borst was responsible for the euthanasia law. He called the killing an “order by God“.

Like Tony Blair considered the bloody Iraq war. Showing, after other examples eg in the USA, how murderous some self-styled ‘pro life’ people are.

Ms Els Borst

Ms Borst’s political party D66 said that her family asked people not to contact them, so they would be able to grieve out of the limelight.

Ms Borst had not only liberalized euthanasia, but abortion as well. Also anathema to religious fundamentalists like Bart van U. Bart van U. had also murdered his sister Lois. Bart said he killed Lois because of her more liberal views on euthanasia, abortion and other ‘culture war’ issues.

Translated from in the Netherlands:

Els Borst was found dead at the age of 81 on February 10, 2014 in the garage of her home in Bilthoven. She was killed with 41 stab wounds. …

U. previously was known to have killed his sister in December 2014. It probably was by about the same number of stabbings as with Ms Borst. For that murder he was arrested in January 2015.

Great egret video

This video shows a great egret in the Biesbosch national park in the Netherlands, 30 January 2016.

See also here.

Glossy ibis video

This video shows glossy ibises, looking for food near Stompwijk in the Netherlands.

Rob Belterman made the video.

Tardigrade species, new for the Netherlands, discovered

Batillipes pennaki, photo by Frans W. Roza

Translated from the Dutch Stichting ANEMOON marine biologists:

Jan 31, 2016 – Recently, the discovery of a new tardigrade animal species of the Dutch coast was published. This is the Batillipes pennaki waterbear. The animal is not greater than about 0.2 millimeter. With this, the number of Dutch waterbear species that are found on our beaches becomes six. This species has been found in many places throughout the world.