Big mammals counted in Dutch national park


This video from the Netherlands is called Oostvaardersplassen – Large herbivores: Heck cattle.

On 26 and 27 October 2015, big grazing mammals were counted from helicopters in Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands.

The results became known today.

Heck cattle: 220 to 225 animals
Konik horses: 1075
Red deer: 2900 to 3350

Dutch red deer get bigger habitat


This video from the Netherlands is called Red deer rut.

Warden Bertwin Bergman of Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands writes today (translated):

Starting today hikers in Oostvaardersveld nature reserve may encounter red deer. Via a tunnel under the railway line, the red deer from the “Triangle” [in Oostvaardersplassen national park] now have the ability to go to the Oostvaardersveld. For [Heck] cattle and [konik] horses from the Oostvaardersplassen this does not apply. At the Praamweg road additional signs have been posted to alert motorists about the risk of big game crossing.

Golden plovers and white-tailed eagles counted


This video from Norway shows a golden plover in summer plumage.

Former warden Henk Hupkes reported today about recently counting birds in Oostvaardersplassen national park.

He counted over 5,000 plovers, mainly golden plovers. And quite some goshawks. A molting peregrine falcon. A female hen harrier. Also buzzards, merlins and kestrels. And the resident white-tailed eagle couple.

Grey heron eats vole, video


In this video, a grey heron eats a vole.

Ivan Kertai made this video in Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands.

Black-tailed godwits prepare for autumn migration to Africa


This 26 June 2015 video shows a group of black-tailed godwits preparing for autumn migration to Africa in Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands.

Grey lag geese in the background.

Black-tailed godwit book review: here.

Young sea eagles ringed


This is a video about young white-tailed eagles.

Warden Hans Breeveld reports that today, in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands, two young sea eagles have been ringed at their nest.

Sea eagles, tenth nesting season in the Netherlands


This video is about sea eagles in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands.

White-tailed eagles had been absent as nesting birds in the Netherlands for centuries. In 2006, for the first time since so long ago, a breeding couple made a nest; in Oostvaardersplassen.

That couple still lives in Oostvaardersplassen; they recently started their tenth nesting season.

Meanwhile, other sea eagle couples started nesting elsewhere in the Netherlands, like in the Lauwersmeer and Biesbosch national parks.