Nuthatch’s life saved at bird photo hide


Nuthatch, 10 June 2016

On 10 June 2016 at the bird photography hide, there were many birds. Including this nuthatch.

Nuthatch, on 10 June 2016

Nuthatch, afternoon 10 June 2016

That was in the morning. Quite some nuthatches came all day; including this one in the afternoon.

Then, disaster. A nuthatch does not notice the window of the hide, and collides with it. It falls into the pond. Don’t let it drown! We grabbed the bird out of the water and put it on the bank of the pond. Close to us, no predators expected here. Too close for the telephoto lens. Is it dying; is it dead? No, it still breathes. Its eyes move a bit.

Then, it turns it head and looks at us. Again, later. About half an hour passes. Then, it turns it head to look at us again. Then, it flies off! I hope it did not suffer any permanent damage.

From eNatureBlog in the USA:

Do You Know What To Do When Birds Collide With Your Windows?

Posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2016 by eNature

As spring continues and bird activity is peaking, you’ve probably noticed birds colliding with your windows, especially if you live in a wooded area.

This is a common but huge problem that takes the lives of millions of birds annually.

What can you do to keep birds from your windows?

And what should you do if you see a bird collide with your window?

Our birding expert, George Harrison (the birder, not the Beatle!) offers some tips below…..

How To Keep Birds From Hitting Windows

Window collisions occur when a flying bird sees the refection of the yard or sky in the glass and flies into it. Anything that will reduce or eliminate these reflections in the glass will reduce bird collisions.

Some people hang shiny streamers or fine screening on the windows during peak migration periods. Others cloud the glass with soap. If the house is under construction, the windows can be installed tilting downward slightly to reduce reflections.

Other people paste silhouettes of hawks, owls, or spider webs on the windows, which is effective only around the area where the silhouette is located. Locating feeders on or near the windows will reduce the speed at which birds hit the glass.

What To Do If A Bird Hits Your Window

George states, “It has been my experience that only one out of ten collisions is fatal.” He adds that usually the bird is stunned, falls to the ground, and begins a period of recovery that may take up to an hour.

During that recovery period, the bird is vulnerable to hawks, house cats, or weather conditions. Some hawks have learned a hunting strategy of swooping down on active bird feeders, causing the birds to panic in all directions, including into windows, where they become easy prey.

To protect a stunned bird that has hit a window, George suggests covering it with a large kitchen sieve. The bird is less visible and is confined, allowing it time to recover. When the bird attempts to leave the sieve, it has recovered enough to be liberated.

Hawfinches at bird photography hide


Young hawfinch, morning 10 June 2016

As promised, after the other blog post about finches on 10 June 2016 at the photography hide, now a blog post especially about hawfinches. Like this one, in the morning. It is a recently fledged bird, as, eg, its yellow throat, not yet black, shows.

Young hawfinch, afternoon 10 June 2016

Later, in the afternoon, there was a young hawfinch as well. It must have been another individual, as it already had more black on its throat.

Hawfinch, 10 June 2016

These photos show adult hawfinches.

Hawfinch, on 10 June 2016

Hawfinch, on branch, 10 June 2016

As do these ones.

Hawfinch, drinking, 10 June 2016

Hawfinch at the hide, 10 June 2016

Young hawfinch at the pond, 10 June 2016

In the afternoon, a young hawfinch bathed.

Young hawfinch bathing, afternoon 10 June 2016

Young hawfinch still bathing, afternoon 10 June 2016

Hawfinch bathing, 10 June 2016

Young hawfinch splashing, afternoon 10 June 2016

While the water drops splashed around.

Cattle egret helps bull, photo


Bull and cattle egret

Dutch photographer bonteklepper made this photo in Extremadura in Spain on 19 June 2016.

It shows a cattle egret helping a bull which has trouble with insects.

Greenfinches, chaffinches, hawfinches at photography hide


Greenfinch male, 10 June 2016

On 10 June 2016, there were many bird species near the bird photography hide. Like this male greenfinch.

Greenfinch male, on 10 June 2016

Here is another male greenfinch photo.

Female greenfinch, 10 June 2016

This photo shows a female greenfinch.

This is a video from Britain, about male and female chaffinches in winter.

Chaffinch female, 10 June 2016

This photo shows a female chaffinch, on 10 June near the hide.

Male chaffinch, 10 June 2016

And this photo shows a male chaffinch.

Chaffinch and hawfinch, 10 June 2016

On these two photos, a male chaffinch on the left, and a hawfinch on the right.

Chaffinch and hawfinch, on 10 June 2016

Hawfinch and chaffinch couple, 10 June 2016

Finally, this photo. It shows, on the left, a hawfinch, a species of which there will soon be more photo hide photos on this blog. Then, from left to right: a great tit; a male chaffinch; a female chaffinch.

Osprey nest, flowers, spoonbills in Dutch Biesbosch


This 12 June 2016 video is from Biesbosch national park. For the first time ever in the Netherlands, as far as is known, an osprey couple built a nest there this year. It is said that three young birds have hatched.

You cannot see the young ospreys yet on this video, filmed at about 450 meter from the nest. However, at about 30 seconds into the video, you can see a young osprey defecating, in a curve over the side of the nest. About ten seconds later, the male bird arrives, to bring fish to the nesting female and the youngsters.

In the video, you can also hear edible frogs call.

On 18 June 2016, we went to the Biesbosch, to see the ospreys and other wildlife.

Biesbosch, 18 June 2016

Water and land interlock in the Biesbosch estuary scenery, creating opportunities for many wildlife species.

As we arrive, we see a male roe deer and a flying common tern.

We hear a Cetti’s warbler sing.

A sedge warbler.

Male and female reed bunting.

A male marsh harrier.

An osprey flies. A lesser black-backed gull tries to drive it away, though ospreys eat fish, not birds.

Crow garlic flowers.

A willow warbler sings.

Swifts flying.

A wren flies across a ditch. Beneath it, a coot couple and their three chicks swim.

A spoonbill foraging.

Tufted ducks.

A greenfinch sings.

Common bird's-foot trefoil

Yellow flowers: common bird’s-foot trefoil.

Two great crested grebes.

Hare's-foot clover, 18 June 2016

Pink flowers: hare’s-foot clover.

We arrive at the ospreys’. One of the parents sits on the nest.

This 4 June 2016 video by Luuk Punt is called Ospreys feeding their chick. First time seen in the Netherlands ever.

A cuckoo calls.

A juvenile white wagtail. Two little ringed plovers on the bank.

Two Egyptian geese flying.

Canada geese.

A northern lapwing. A great egret.

Then, we see about eight ruffs in summer plumage. Rare in the Netherlands!

We walk to a hide. We can see swifts and sand martins fly over the water.

Mural in hide, 18 June 2016

There is a mural on the inside of the hide: depicting a kingfisher, pintail duck, spoonbill, great cormorant, black-headed gull, wren, robin, great egret, tufted ducks and other birds.

Biesbosch museum, 18 June 2016

There was more art outside the Biesbosch museum.

Not far away, a nesting colony of many sand martins.

Biesbosch sky, 18 June 2016

Then, many gadwall ducks resting in the water.

Avocets with chicks.

A song thrush sings from a tree.

Biesbosch islet, 18 June 2016

On an islet, yellow fen ragwort flowers.

We return to the osprey nest. The female and the youngsters are inside. The male arrives, sitting on a branch.

A flock of about thirty spoonbills.

A buzzard lands on a tree.

A skylark sings.

Amphibians, mammals at bird photo hide


Edible frog, 10 June 2016

At the bird photography hide are not only birds. There are also other animals, like this edible frog.

Edible frogs, 10 June 2016

More than one edible frog in the pond just outside the hide.

Edible frogs, on 10 June 2016

Edible frog on bank, 10 June 2016

Sometimes, frogs sat on the bank, watching their mirror image in the pond.

Edible frogs in pond, 10 June 2016

Then, they jumped back in the water again.

Kingfishers sometimes visit the pond, but not when we were there on 10 June. Maybe there is more chance of seeing a kingfisher earlier in the year, when the frogs are in the tadpole stage and are easier to catch.

Kingfishers also eat another amphibian species living in the pond: smooth newts.

On 10 June, we often saw bank voles drinking at the pond and running around.

We did not see other mammal species living near the hide: roe deer; red squirrel; red fox.

Great spotted woodpeckers feeding their youngsters


Young great spotted woodpecker and its mother, 10 June 2016

After the blog posts about young great spotted woodpeckers and their parents, now this blog post about interaction between these two. Like this youngster with its red cap being fed by its mother on a branch near the bird photography hide.

Young great spotted woodpecker fed by its mother, 10 June 2016

Insect eating birds like woodpeckers are dependent on their parents for food for longer than seed eating birds like finches. An insect may crawl away or fly away; a seed cannot.

Great spotted woodpecker female feeds youngster, 10 June 2016

This woodpecker mother feeds her child on an old tree trunk.

Great spotted woodpecker female feeds her youngster, 10 June 2016

Great spotted woodpecker female feeding her youngster, 10 June 2016

Young great spotted woodpecker being fed, 10 June 2016

Later in the day, the young woodpeckers were still hungry.

Young great spotted woodpecker being fed by its mother, 10 June 2016

Young great spotted woodpecker fed, 10 June 2016