Baby kingfisher hatching, video

This 23 June 2015 video is from a webcam in the Netherlands. A female kingfisher sits on her nest. Her partner arrives with a small fish to feed a chick. However, the chick is still inside the egg, though it already has made a hole in the eggshell.

Tree sparrow feeds young great tit

Tree sparrow feeds young great tit

This photo, by ‘cavalier’ in the Netherlands, shows an adult tree sparrow, feeding a recently fledged young great tit.

It reminds me of my earlier blog posts, about a one-year-old starling feeding its baby siblings … and about an orangutan sharing her food with chimpanzees.

From the USA: Now’s the time when young birds fledge and leave their nests. But what happens next? Do their parents help them learn to survive or are they on their own? See here.

Young starling helps feeding its baby siblings

This 15 June 2015 video from the Netherlands shows a nestbox with four baby starlings in the nest.

Not only the parents feed the baby birds. A young starling, born in this nest in 2014, helps with the feeding.

We know this because the elder sibling of the babies had been provided with a coloured ring.

A coot’s life saved, video

On 26 May 2015, Wiebe Witteveen from the Netherlands saved a coot from death.

Wiebe’s brother Douwe Witteveen made the video.

‘Dutch war crimes in Indonesia, stop compensation bureaucratic red tape’

Indonesian relatives of victims of Dutch war crimes in a Dutch court in 2014, photo: ANP

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

‘Postpone deadline for relatives of victims in Indonesia’

Today, 11:22

Survivors of men who during the Indonesian war of independence were executed by the Dutch armed forces should get more time to file claims. This says the Stichting Comité Nederlandse Ereschulden which investigates war crimes committed during the Indonesian struggle for independence.

Two years ago, the Dutch government announced that widows of victims would get two years time to file claims. On September 11 that deadline will run out.

The foundation calls the deadline “not realistic, not generous and undesirable.” The time people need to get the documents together is too short, they say. They also say that relatives face “petty restrictions”.


One of the objections is that widows are only eligible for compensation if the execution is “listed in already published public sources”. The foundation points out that many cases have not yet come to light and that the necessary documents are often not available.

The foundation also wants to make the children of executed Indonesian men able to claim compensation. They points out a ruling by the court in The Hague on March 11th. Which ruled in favor of five children of men who had been executed in South Sulawesi (formerly Celebes). The Netherlands, according to the verdict, had wrongly argued that the cases are time barred and that the arrangement with widows already had taken into account the loss of income for the family.


The Dutch army executed during the war of independence (1945-1949) thousands of men. Many victims died in South Sulawesi. Another infamous massacre occurred in the village Rawagede (Java).

In 2011, a judge already ruled that the crimes were not time barred. After that, a settlement was reached with widows of Rawagede. In August 2013 a settlement was reached as well with widows of victims in Sulawesi. The compensation amounted to 20,000 euros.

Good fish migration news from the Netherlands

This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

The fish migration river. Afsluitdijk, The Netherlands

3 February 2014

This video shows how the fish migration river Afsluitdijk works. A unique concept that will enable fish to migrate from the Wadden Sea to the IJsselmeer and back while preventing salt water to enter the freshwater basin.

The construction of the Afsluitdijk in 1932 resulted in an ecological disaster for the Wadden Sea and the Zuiderzee. The Zuiderzee’s mix of brackish and salt water became purely fresh water. The tide disappeared. And also the migratory fish species suddenly found the route to their Zuiderzee spawning grounds blocked. These fish species used to mate in the brackish water of the Zuiderzee. After the Afsluitdijk was constructed their populations collapsed.

The Directorate of Public Works and Water Management is now planning major maintenance works for the Afsluitdijk, starting in 2016. The dike will be strengthened and reinforced. Regional stakeholders are seizing this opportunity to put forward this plan for the restoration of the ecological balance. And, at the same time, to improve the quality of nature reserves and recreational areas.

No other country has anything like this fish migration river, although about 200 comparable situations exist throughout the world. By investing now in further development of the fish migration river, the Dutch water management sector will acquire unique expertise. This expertise can then be converted into a new export product.

Therefore, the fish migration river also has international potential.

Translated from daily De Volkskrant in the Netherlands:

Afsluitdijk fish corridor a success

The IJsselmeer lake is teeming with young glass eels. A sign that the fish-friendly policies are working. There is even a kind of disco for fishes.

By René Didde

June 17, 2015, 02:00

Ten thousands of tiny young eels and smelt can now effortlessly pass the Afsluitdijk which used to be an impossible obstacle until recently, recent figures by Dutch water management authorities show. … Blinking underwater lights help the fish to find the right way.

In 2014, 26 fish species were counted which now managed to cross the Afsluitdijk because of the new policy.

Which bird will be Dutch national bird?

This is a black-tailed godwit video.

As this blog said, there will soon be an election for national bird of the Netherlands.

There will be a long list of about 25 bird species. Then, a second round of voting with a shortlist of five bird species.

Official voting has not begun yet. However, on the site of daily Trouw, there is already unofficial voting.

This unofficial voting is about five bird candidates, proposed by Kees de Pater, who works at BirdLife in the Netherlands.

So far, as I write, 2924 people have voted.

The black-tailed godwit got 52% of the vote.

At #2 is the jackdaw, with 19% of the vote.

This video is about jackdaws (and a peacock) in England.

Then, the spoonbill, with 12%.

This is an Eurasian spoonbill video.

Then, the marsh harrier, with 11%.

This video is about young marsh harriers at their nest.

Finally, the brent goose: 7%.

This is a brent goose video from Sweden.