Sea eagles, tenth nesting sesason 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.

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.