New Dutch wildlife film, trailer


The makers of Dutch wildlife film De Nieuwe Wildernis have made a new film, about wildlife in the south-west of the Netherlands: Holland – Natuur in de Delta. This 26 June 2015 video is the trailer.

The new film will start in the cinemas on 24 September 2015.

Gall midges, new Dutch and Belgian discoveries


This video says about itself:

25 August 2014

Gall midge (Cecidomyiidae sp.) oviposits on a fallen beech in a forest near Marburg, Hesse, Germany.

Translated from the Dutch entomologists of EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten:

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Soon a revision of the gall midges of the Benelux, with 11 new species for the Netherlands and 87 ones for Belgium, will appear. Gall midges are among the main producers of galls on leaves of plants. The midge Obolodiplosis robiniae which appeared first in the Netherlands as recently as 2008 proves surprisingly to be the most common species in our country.

Gall midges together with gall wasps, gall mites and gall producing fungi are the major producers of galls. The mosquitoe-like insects lay eggs in plants and the plants respond by making galls. These are fascinating structures of plant tissue, which provide food and shelter for the larvae of the midges.

Dutch national bird election, 28 candidates with videos


This is a video of a kingfisher trying to eat a frog.

As this blog mentioned before, there is an election of the national bird of the Netherlands on the Internet.

There was already unofficial voting for five candidate bird species.

Today, the official long list of 28 species has been published. You can vote here. You vote for three species out of 28 there. These votes will be used for a making a shortlist, on which people will vote again later this year.

Two species which had been on the above mentioned unofficial list are not on this official long list: brent goose and marsh harrier.

This video is about jackdaws (and a peacock) in England. The jackdaw is one of the 28 Dutch candidates; as is the kingfisher; the peacock is not.

Then, another candidate: the spoonbill.

This is an Eurasian spoonbill video.

And now, videos about the other candidates.

This is a black-tailed godwit video.

This is a video of a great cormorant, drying its wings in the sun on Texel island in the Netherlands.

This is a grey heron video.

This is a barn swallow video.

This is a buzzard video.

This is a great crested grebe video, about their courtship dance.

This is a jay video.

This video is called Juvenile common swift practising flight in nest box.

This is a great spotted woodpecker video.

This is a house sparrow video.

This is a northern lapwing video.

This video says about itself:

Mute Swan Protecting its Nest – Helped by A Canada Goose

A mute swan did not like another swan getting too close its nest, meanwhile a family of Canada geese were trying to get past.

The mute swan is one of the 28 candidate species. The Canada goose is not.

However, the greater white-fronted goose is a candidate.

This video is called Bird migration in The Netherlands – Greater White-fronted Goose.

This is a great tit video.

This is a blackbird video.

This is a white stork video.

This is a robin video.

This is an oystercatcher video.

This video is about a singing starling.

This is a little owl video.

This video is about a kestrel nest.

This is a common tern video.

This video shows a mallard with ducklings.

This video shows young white-tailed eagles in slow motion. It also shows magpies; but magpies are not one of the 28 candidate species.

And, finally, this video is about herring gulls, and about great black-backed gulls. Herring gulls are candidates; great black-backed gulls are not.

Birds can be elegant, regal symbols, and there are many national birds that are stunning symbols for their respective nations. Do you know which nations honor which birds, and which nations haven’t yet selected an avian ambassador? See the complete list!

Dutch royal family anti-Semitism?


This video says about itself:

Amsterdam “The City That Remembers”

22 May 2013

This DVD is digitally converted from the original broadcast tape master of a 30 minute documentary which I produced in Holland in 1997. This is a very personal project with one simple objective: to pass along to future generations awareness of the horrors of Nazi Germany’s systematic genocide in WWII … knowledge so easily lost and forgotten unless we keep it alive. After you have viewed this DVD, I hope you will place it in a school, library, church, synagogue, or other permanent place where it will be shown and viewed again and again for decades to come.

The idea for producing this documentary grew from my many trips to Amsterdam and the urging from a close friend there, Harry Moinat, that I interview Jewish survivors of the Dutch Holocaust before they all died. The more I learned the more I had to tell inspiring Amsterdam’s story of resistance and determination.

Harry introduced me to a contemporary of Anne Frank, Jaap van Velzen, who was just 12 years old when he escaped from his Nazi captors by brazenly slipping away from a kindergarten where he and other children were being held awaiting shipment to the death camps. After his escape he hid in the south of the Netherlands till war’s end. He was the only member of his family to survive. Jaap later became a successful businessman and noted scholar regarding the Dutch Holocaust.

His childhood recollections are woven into this portrait of the systematic roundup of Jews, gypsies, homosexuals and the mentally impaired and their shipment out of Amsterdam using the city’s own streetcars to deliver them at night to waiting Nazi freight cars at Amsterdam’s central train station. From there they were shipped to Westerbork concentration camp before being sent on to their deaths at Auschwitz and other German death camps.

I wrote, shot, edited and narrated this documentary to share with you an understanding of why Amsterdam is truly “The City That Remembers.”

Larry M. Ray

Translated from the Nieuw Israelitisch Weekblad (NIW) in the Netherlands:

June 26, 2015

Press Release: Jewish students removed in 1951 from the princesses’ school classes

With knowledge of Queen Juliana in 1951, Jewish students were preventively removed from classes at the Nieuwe Baarnsche School where the princesses Margriet and Irene were placed. This emerges from an article by historian Bart Wallet in the Nieuw Israelitisch Weekblad published today.

The initiative to remove Jewish students came from “a certain circle of [elite] Baarn town residents’, with the knowledge of Queen Juliana. The parents of the removed Jewish students approached the royal court. After that, Juliana in response stated that “the royal dynasty of Orange are not anti-Semitic.” Ultimately, the issue disappeared under the carpet.

The article was written by prominent historian Bart Wallet. He is research leader in religious history at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He got exclusive access to archives, including the Royal Archives, the archives of the Dutch Jewish Congregation and various private archives.

NIW editor Maurice Swirc declares: “This is a potentially explosive history, especially since it took place six years after the Shoah. Further research will have to establish the exact chain of events. But for Jewish people in the Netherlands the attitude of Juliana – at least – causes questioning.”

The Jewish community has always been very pro-royal dynasty. Until today in the synagogue services there are standard prayers for the royal family.

Questions by the NIW to the Nieuwe Baarnsche School – to which the article had been made available beforehand – did not get any answers.

Dutch bird news update


This video shows a singing song thrush.

The Dutch SOVON ornithologists report (translated):

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The last two winters were mild, so good for resident birds which throughout the year stay in our country. The Starling, after years of decline, showed a slight increase. Grey Heron, Common Moorhen and Wren also had similar tendencies compared to 2014. It is encouraging that the Song Thrush, a short-distance migrant, shows an increase again, for the eight years before 2015 there was a decrease. The feral pigeon has decreased and perhaps that is because it is fed less or because of the increase in peregrine falcons in urban areas. Surprisingly, there is decline in house sparrows, while in previous years, there was a slight increase.

Birds attracted by nesting material, video


In spring, people can attract birds by having nesting material in their gardens.

This video of a great tit is by Michael de Vries from the Netherlands.