Collared dove’s nest photos


Voorschoten house, 2018

In Voorschoten town in the Netherlands, there is this house; as this photo (a cellphone phone, like the others in this blog post) shows.

Voorschoten nest, 2018

A house where not only humans live; this spring also a collared dove couple. This photo shows their egg in their nest.

Voorschoten nest, in 2018

As does this photo.

Unfortunately, the nest did not produce any young collared doves. Probably because of a predator attack.

Honduran two-year-old girl cries because of Trump’s Border Patrol


A two-year-old girl from Honduras cries as her mother gets strip searched and arrested at the USA-Mexican border. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Photo of 2-year-old girl feeds outrage over US immigration policy

In the United States, criticism is growing against President Trump’s immigration policy. …

And if there is one image that feeds that indignation, it is the above photo by the American photojournalist John Moore. Some American newspapers have published it and the photo is widely shared on social media.

We see a 2-year-old girl from Honduras who looks up cryingly at her mother, who is being arrested by the border police. They were part of a group of about twenty people who had crossed the border with Texas. The border police caught them on 12 June at McAllen.

The US American photographer John Moore was there. He has been working along the Mexican border for ten years. “When the border patrol noted the names of the people, I could see a mother holding a young child. … [The Border Patrol] … asked the mother to set down her daughter. At that moment, the young child broke into tears, and she started wailing. ”

“And I took a knee and had very few frames of that moment before it was over. Almost overwhelmed by emotions, she picked up her daughter, and they were rushed into the van and all taken away.” I had to take a few deep breaths to recover.”

The mother still said that they came from Honduras. They had been on the road for one month and were exhausted. “But as a father – and I have a toddler myself. It was very difficult to see what was happening in front of my lens and thinking what it would be like for my kids to be separated from me”, says Moore. “Because I thought they would be separated quickly. I saw from their faces that they had no idea what would happen to them.”

It is not clear whether this girl has really been separated from her mother. This usually does not happen immediately with the arrest. It happens when the parents are prosecuted because they cross the border illegally. Then they are not allowed to keep their children in prison.

The US government recently introduced a zero tolerance policy. Almost 2,000 children have been separated from their families since April. According to the rules, children under 5 years of age may stay with their parents. But that does not always seem to be the case in practice. Due to language problems or lack of staff in the reception centers it sometimes goes wrong.

Unknown where the girl is

The American BuzzFeed News made inquiries with the American border police last weekend. A spokesperson did not know what had happened to this girl. …

Photographer John Moore also does not know what happened to her. “I would very much like to know. Ever since I took those pictures, I think about that moment often. And it’s emotional for me every time.”

In Honduras, there was a right-wing military coup deposing the center-left president in 2009. Then President Obama at least verbally condemned that coup; but his then Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton supported it. Ever since, the regime, its death squad supporters and violent drug dealers massively murder pro-democracy activists, environmentalists, indigenous people, teachers, lawyers, feminists, journalists and little girls who complain about bad situations at schools.

BORDER PATROL CHASE ENDS IN DEADLY CRASH At least five people were killed and several others injured when an SUV believed to be carrying undocumented immigrants crashed in southern Texas after being chased by Border Patrol agents. [HuffPost]

PROTESTERS DESCEND ON TEXAS TENT CITY Constructed last week to shelter migrant children, the site became home to a protest Sunday as crowds marched to oppose the separation of immigrant families at the border. [HuffPost]

A young girl holds on to her mother as they wait with other families to request political asylum in the United States, across the border in Tijuana, Mexico

Trump under fire after blaming Democrats for child refugee scandal: here.

ALMOST 2,000 children were separated from their families at the US border over six weeks, officials say. Following a Trump administration crackdown on ‘illegal’ border crossings from Mexico, adults are being detained, meaning the children with them are removed from their care. The issue is causing a growing political storm in the US. Last Thursday Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible to defend the ‘zero tolerance’ approach: here.

Tibetan snowcock, vultures, eagles, prayer flags in China


Tibetan snowcock, 8 April 2018

After what we saw earlier that day, still 8 April 2018 in the mountains above Wolong in Sichuan, China. We saw a Tibetan snowcock. First flying, then it landed, as the photo shows.

Tibetan snowcock on snow, 8 April 2018

The snowcock walked towards a snowy patch.

Prayer flags, 8 April 2018

We saw some of many Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags of Balang mountain (Balangla in Tibetan).

A bit further, two golden eagles flying.

Bearded vulture, 8 April 2018

Then, a bearded vulture flying with a bone in its bill. It dropped the bone on a slope to crush it and to be able to eat the marrow. Probably it was a young vulture which still had to learn, as the bone fell on a patch where plants grew, not on hard rock which is better at breaking dropped bones.

Prayer flags and snow, 8 April 2018

We arrived at a mountain pass where we could again see many prayer flags and much snow.

Snow and valleys, 8 April 2018

There was a beautiful view of mountains and valleys.

Himalayan vulture, 8 April 2018

A Himalayan vulture flew overhead.

Himalayan vulture, on 8 April 2018

Prayer flags, on 8 April 2018

Time to say goodbye to the prayer flags and to the snow.

Prayer flags and snow, on 8 April 2018

8 April 2018 was our last day of seeing birds in China. In the late afternoon and evening we went back to Chengdu. On 9 April from Chengdu airport our plane took us out of China.

So, no more blog posts on the birds of this April 2018 in China. But there will be many more wildlife blog posts on this blog!

Yaks, rosefinches, snow and blue sheep in China


After 7 April 2018 came 8 April 2018. We were in the Wolong Balangshan mountains in China. This is a BBC video about Temminck’s tragopan. A bird species which we might have seen there, but did not see.

This video is about another animal species which we might have seen, but didn’t.

The video says about itself:

6 November 2017

The Wolong National Nature Reserve in southwest China’s Sichuan Province spotted 26 snow leopards.

Yaks, 8 April 2018

We did see these yaks when we came above 3,000 meter.

Snow, 8 April 2018

The higher we went, the more snow we saw.

Snowy mountains, 8 April 2018

Not only on the mountain tops further away …

Snow, on 8 April 2018

… but also close to us.

Then, on a slope above us, a beautiful male Chinese monal.

A raven.

Dark-breasted rosefinch

A bit further, in the snow, this male dark-breasted rosefinch.

Yellow-billed choughs flying.

Plain mountain finch, 8 april 2018

We saw this plain mountain-finch.

Alpine accentor, 8 April 2018

A bit further, this Alpine accentor.

Blue sheep, 8 April 2018

And then, above us, this blue sheep. Snow leopards eat blue sheep. So, though we did not see snow leopards, we did see wildlife living in their biotope.

Stay tuned, as there will be more on the birds of the mountains above Wolong!

People and flowers in Sichuan, China


This 2015 video is called Exploring China: Bullet Train from Chengdu (成都) to Dujiangyan (都江堰) Cities 150MPH.

After 6 April 2018 in China came 7 April.

That day we went from Yangxian to Wolong. Wolong is in Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province in China. Roughly 57% of people living in that region are Tibetan. 20% Han Chinese, and 20% Qiang, a nationality with mostly a polytheist religion.

First, by bullet train to Chengdu. Then, from Chengdu to Wolong by bus.

Flowers and people, 7 April 2018

We stopped in Dujiangyan city. There was a flower exhibit in front of a shopping centre there.

Flowers and ladies, 7 April 2018

Many people stopped to watch the flowers.

Flowers and photographer, 7 April 2018

We were not the only ones photographing the flowers and people.

Stay tuned, as there will be more on 7 April 2018 in China!