Good great egret and eagle news


This is a video from Finland, about a great egret at a river in winter. The river is surrounded by ice and snow, but it still flows; a bit similar to the river of the dipper nest I saw in Finland.

Warden Hans Breeveld reports today from Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands.

There are 171 great egret nests.

This spring, there is at least one eaglet in the sea eagle nest.

Peregrine falcons, other birds in Oostvaardersplassen national park


This video from Britain says about itself:

28 September 2014

Steve Leonard discovers just how fast a peregrine falcon can dive – by jumping off a hot air balloon.

Henk Hupkes, bird counter in Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands, reports about this winter.

26 ravens were counted on a February day; many, for a species recovering from extinction in the Netherlands.

Thirteen peregrine falcons were counted; also a species recovering from extinction, now that DDT has been banned.

There were many golden plovers, northern lapwings, and dunlins.

Red fox eats hazelnuts, video


This is a video about a red fox feeding on hazelnuts in Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands.

Walter Debloudts made the video.

Red fox on Vlieland island: here.

Dutch red deer, video


This is a video about red deer in the Oostvaardersplassen national park in the Netherlands.

Rinus E made the video.

Kingfisher catching fishes, video


This video is about a kingfisher catching fishes in Oostvaardersplassen national park in Flevoland province in the Netherlands.

Rien van den Eertwegh made the video.

Sea eagle, ospreys, ruddy shelducks and fungi


Purple heron, 23 August 2013

23 August 2014 in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands. There was not only bird ringing there then. Also this wooden larger than life purple heron. Pictured by a cellphone camera, like the other photos of this blog post.

That heron was part of a group of other wood herons (bittern; grey heron; great egret; little egret) at the Dutch Bird Fair.

However, I promised to tell you what happened after the bird ringing.

Two Egyptian geese swimming.

Many barn swallows flying. Probably preparing to migrate to Africa.

Two ospreys circling in the air. Probably preparing to migrate to Africa as well.

Six white-fronted geese swimming. A bit strange to see them now in August, as they usually arrive from the Arctic in September.

Sulphur polypore, 23 August 2013

We pass a tree, on which sulphur polypore fungi grow.

We arrive at the hide called De Zeearend, called after the sea eagle.

And indeed, in the distance sits a sea eagle.

Closer to the hide, many grey lag and barnacle geese.

Four spoonbills. A great egret.

A group of ruddy shelducks cleaning their feathers on a meadow.

Near hide De Zeearend, 23 August 2013

The weather changes from one moment to the next one. Downpours. Sun. Sometimes, both at once, though we don’t see a rainbow.

Great reed warbler, Eurasian reed warbler ringed, photos


Great reed warbler and Eurasian reed warbler, Oostvaardersplassen, 23 August 2014

This is a photo of a great reed warbler, and of a smaller Eurasian reed warbler, in a bird ringer‘s hands at a ringing station of Dutch SOVON ornithologists in Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve in the Netherlands, on 23 August 2014. Like all pictures in this blog post, it is a cellphone camera photo.

Before I will tell you why these two birds are so special, I will tell how we got there.

Walking to the ringing place, we saw a red fox.

A sand martin flying past.

Then, we arrived at the bird ringing. Something really special: a great reed warbler had flown into the ringers’ net. This is a really rare species in the Netherlands. It was the ringers’ only great reed warbler of that day. This young bird was born this year, as its feathers showed.

Great reed warbler and Eurasian reed warbler, in Oostvaardersplassen, on 23 August 2014

The Eurasian reed warbler in the ringer’s other hand was an adult bird. Maybe two years old, maybe ten.

Great reed warbler with ring, and Eurasian reed warbler, in Oostvaardersplassen, on 23 August 2014

80% of the birds caught on 23 August were Eurasian reed warblers. Only two of them adults; the rest juveniles. Adult reed warblers usually start their migration to Africa earlier than juveniles.

Some other bird species were caught on 23 August: bluethroat; tree pipit; sedge warbler.

After the ringing and making of notes, all birds were freed to continue their long journey to Africa. If one of these birds will ever be found again, than that will contribute to more knowledge about that individual bird and its species; helping with conservation.

Bird ringers' net, Oostvaardersplassen, 23 August 2014

A marsh harrier flew over the ringing station.

What happened, as we walked back from the ringing place? Stay tuned!