Jupiter’s north pole, first photo


This video from the USA says about itself:

Your First Look at Jupiter’s Gorgeous North Pole

2 September 2016

The Juno spacecraft has snapped the first photo ever of Jupiter’s north pole, revealing some intriguing surprises.

Sept. 2, 2016: Jupiter’s North Pole Unlike Anything Encountered in Solar System, by NASA: here.

Calf drives away swan, photo


Calf drives away swan

This photo shows a calf driving away a mute swan near Haarlem city in the Netherlands.

Kerstin made this photo on 1 September 2016.

Young little owl in old milk churn, photo


Little owl in churn

This photo shows a young little owl which sat down in an old milk churn.

The photo is by ThijsG in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

Flowers, butterflies, harvestmen in botanical garden


Purple coneflower

This photo shows a purple coneflower with a bumblebee on it, in the botanical garden on 7 August 2016.

As we walked to the garden, coots and a great crested grebe swimming in a canal.

In the aquarium in the hothouse, cherry barb fish.

Many more giant prickly stick insects than at an earlier visit to the hothouse.

In the Victoria amazonica hothouse pond, Nymphea colorata flowers, swimming goldfish and smaller fish. Gold-edged owl butterflies flying around.

Gold-edged owl butterfly, 7 August 2016

Two of them sit down on a wall.

The beekeeper of the botanical garden shows how honey is processed. It is a good year for honeybees here: 200 kilograms of honey; in bad years, 10 kilograms or less.

Harvestmen, 7 August 2016

Finally, to the Japanese garden. Where we see this group of harvestmen.

Tyrannosaurus rex welcomed in Leiden


This 2 June 2016 video is about a Camarasaurus and other dinosaurs at Naturalis museum in Leiden in the Netherlands.

This morning, a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, excavated in Montana in the USA, arrived at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands.

From Schiphol, it continued to Naturalis museum, preceded by paleontologists/biologists Anne Schulp and Freek Vonk, cheerleaders, a brass band, police and a flowery Tyrannosaurus on a float.

Tyrannosaurus rex float, 26 August 2016

This photo of the float is a cell phone picture, like the others in this blog post.

Tyrannosaurus rex float, Beestenmarkt, 26 August 2016

They proceeded to a welcome party at Beestenmarkt square in Leiden, where hundreds of school children and others were expecting the tyrannosaur, named Trix.

Tyrannosaurus rex truck, 26 August 2016

People had to move back, as a fence had to be moved, as there was not enough space for the float to pass between the fence and a lamppost.

Tyrannosaurus rex truck, on 26 August 2016

Behind the float was the truck with the fossil Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.

North American bird photo contest winners


This video from the USA says about itself:

29 July 2010

Home Tweet Home: Schoolyard Nest Box Trail Competition

WSKG is proud to offer the Home Tweet Home competition. This contest is offered to area elementary and middle school students and calls for the application of science and technology skills.

Special thanks to our partner, Cornell Lab of Ornithology for their many contributions to the Home Tweet Home project.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology‘s NestWatch eNewsletter, August 2016, in the USA:

Home Tweet Home Winners

Betty Smith (via Facebook) said it best: “I wish I could vote for each of the photos, knowing behind each one are people who love and care about birds!” That was exactly our sentiment as we combed through 670 submissions, reading your stories and sharing in your discoveries. You all deserve a prize and a resounding, “thank you!”

But, a contest has to have winners, and the votes are in. Here are your 2016 Home Tweet Home official winners:

Congratulations to all of the winners! Thank you so much for participating. See all award winners and honorable mentions in our gallery of honorees.

Buzzard family, butterflies and flowers


Painted lady, 30 July 2016

On 30 July 2016, to Gooilust nature reserve again. Where we saw this painted lady butterfly on a butterfly-bush flower in the garden.

Before the garden, near the Gooilust entrance, we heard a young buzzard, presumably still a nestling, call.

A male buzzard, presumably its father, flying, then sitting down on a tree. Then, that buzzard flew to the ground, catching, probably, a rodent. While in flight, he transferred his prey to his female mate. Who then flew to the nest. The youngster’s calls turned to silence, presumably because it was feeding.

Then, we continued to the Gooilust garden. Many butterflies: small whites; map butterflies. Red admirals. Peacock butterflies.

Also, various bumblebee species.

Dahlia, 30 July 2016

Many beautiful dahlia flowers.

Dahlia, on 30 July 2016

Of various colours, including white.

Dahlias, 30 July 2016

Nuthatch sound.

Corversbos, 30 July 2016

We left Gooilust, passing the Corversbos fields.