Fungi and grey heron

Heempark, heather, 5 September 2015

On 5 September 2015, to the Heempark. This photo shows a part of it with heather flowering.

Just past the park entrance, a brown roll-rim. A bit further, many other fungi.

A grey heron standing on the rooftop of a small boathouse. One muscovy duck swimming, another one walking.

Rowan trees with berries.

Blusher, Amanita rufescens, 5 September 2015

One mushroom species seems to do well after the rain of previous days: blusher. This photo shows very young specimens.

Blusher, Amanita rufescens, Heempark, 5 September 2015

And this photo shows a bit older, but still not fully grown specimen.

Jay sound. Great spotted woodpecker sound.

After leaving the Heempark, blue chicory flowers along the footpath.

In Oud Poelgeest woodland, sulphur tuft fungi. And more blushers.

Oak tree, Oud Poelgeest, 5 September 2015

This photo shows an oak tree along a canal in Oud Poelgeest.

Reed, 5 September 2015

We walk back to the Heempark. This photo shows reed on the bank of the Heempark pond.

Fungi in Dutch Drenthe province: here.

Kingfisher and brimstone butterfly

Brimstone butterfly, 29 August 2015

This photo shows a male brimstone butterfly in the gardens of Sperwershof in ‘s Graveland in the Netherlands. We went there on 29 August 2015.

Before we arrived there, a group of white wagtails on a meadow. And grey lag geese.

A bit further, a kingfisher fishing in a ditch.

A dragonfly sitting on a pole: a male vagrant darter, aka moustached darter?

Brimstone butterfly, on 29 August 2015

As I said, at the Sperwershof a brimstone butterfly.

This is a brimstone butterfly video.

As we go back, nuthatch sound.

Along the bicycle track, big parasol mushrooms grow. Also about parasol mushrooms: here.

Vlieland parasol mushroom photos: here.

Belgian judge arrested for recording police

Belfry of Bruges

Photography is not a crime … however, also in Belgium some police seem to think differently about people recording what they do. Even if a photographer is also a judge.

In the night of 26-27 August 2015, in a street in Bruges, Belgium, there was trouble between English Manchester United and Belgian football supporters. Many people living there made videos with their smartphones of police arresting football fans.

Including local judge Jan Nolf, who lives in that street as well.

Translated from Mr Nolf’s blog today:

No policeman objected to the filming or photographing.

Except suddenly that one, and then just when I wanted to make a picture of the lighted Halletoren [or: Belfry], right in the line of the street into view above the forest of white police helmets.

Now I will tell you literally about the “conversation”:

“Stop filming”.

“I do not film, I am photographing” (while I was putting away my photo equipment into my right pocket).

The masked policeman gets close to me. “Stop filming!” Since my photo equipment was already in my right pocket, I answered somewhat puzzledly: “I did not film, I took a picture.”

It seems like under his helmet he is deaf, because he repeats “Stop filming,” making me wonder what is really his intention.

So I ask “Why?”

The gruff answer is again: ‘Stop filming “- while I still have my camera in my right pocket (my iPhone during the whole scene remained in my left pocket).

I answer calmly shrugging my shoulders: “I did not film but I do not really agree that it is illegal.”

The man immediately shouts out a command and three helmeted and masked policemen frogmarch me away to the other side of the street … There they put me against the wall immediately with my hands on my back firmly enthralled with narrow straps.

Then I am led to the queue for the bus for the arrested people from Manchester.

Before I step on the bus, I ask the police three times if they realize what they are doing. They look at me and do not answer. Nobody asks for my ID.

The whole scene is too crazy to be true and that keeps me calm all the time in an unlikely way. I do wonder what will happen to me on the bus.

Judge Nolf ended up being freed without charges. He will lodge a complaint about this police behaviour.

Red-necked phalarope, ruffs and marsh harrier

Red-necked phalarope, 23 August 2015

On 23 August 2015, after what happened in my earlier blog post, still in North Holland province in the Netherlands. A flower bulb field was under water, for biological pest control. That attracted birds like this red-necked phalarope.

Red-necked phalaropes are smaller relatives of grey phalaropes which we had seen in Svalbard. Both Eurasian phalarope species are rare migrants in the Netherlands.

Ruff male, 23 August 2015

There were also a common sandpiper and ruffs on migration there. This photo shows a male ruff, with still remnants of his mating season collar around his neck.

Ruff male, on 23 August 2015

Ruff male, still on 23 August 2015

Not far from Callantsoog village, another field with a low water level attracted ruffs.

Dunlin, 23 August 2015

And dunlin. They still had some black feathers on their bellies, but not as many as in their mating season.

Turnstone, 23 August 2015

And a few turnstones.

And a ringed plover.

And some little stints.

Wood sandpiper, 23 August 2015

And a wood sandpiper.

Shelducks, wigeon and mallards, 23 August 2015

A bit further on a bank, juvenile shelducks resting. Behind them, two wigeon. Still further behind them, mallards.

A dozen oystercatchers.

We went back south, to the Harger- en Pettemerpolder reserve.

Marsh harrier, 23 August 2015

A male marsh harrier flying there.

Marsh harrier male, 23 August 2015

A bit further, a beautiful great egret not far away. However, the battery of the camera was finished.

Spoonbills and whinchats

Spoonbills flying, 23 August 2015

This video shows spoonbills flying over the wetland near the Nauertogt road near Koedijk village in North Holland province in the Netherlands. We went there, and to other nature reserves in that area, on 23 August 2015.

A kestrel hovering in the air. A garganey swimming. So do shoveler ducks. Some spoonbills feeding in the shallow water.

Northern wheatear, 23 August 2015

A northern wheatear on a pole.

Barn swallows fly past.

Two glossy ibises on a bank. Ruffs.

Mute swans, coots, mallards, 23 August 2015

Also many mute swans, coots and mallards swimming.

Spoonbills and great cormorant, 23 August 2015

We continue. On the opposite bank of a canal, spoonbills cleaning their feathers. And a great cormorant.

Whinchat, 23 August 2015

As we appoach the Harger- en Pettemerpolder reserve, migrating whinchats sit on wires and poles.

Whinchat on pole, 23 August 2015

White wagtails. Northern lapwings.

Meadow pipit, on road, 23 August 2015

And a meadow pipit on the road.

A common sandpiper.

Near the Hondsbossche Zeewering marine dike, Sandwich terns fly and call.

Also a common tern.

We go further north. Snipes, common sandpipers and wood sandpipers in a shallow ditch. In the background, a golden plover flock flying.

Hondsbossche zeewering, 23 August 2015

We arrive at the northern end of the Hondsbossche Zeewering marine dike, near Petten village. This photo shows the view to the south; there are major works to reinforce the dike with sand in front of it.

Beach near Petten, 23 August 2015

And this photo shows the view to the north, where the beach attracts tourists.

A hobby flying south along the coastline. Probably, all the way to Africa.

Stay tuned, as there will be more on my blog about birds in this area!

Are butterflies dangerous, see photo?

Red admiral

This photo by Stephen Bassett shows a red admiral butterfly on a sign in Axe Valley Wildlife Park in Devon in England, on 21 August 2015.

Photographers’ favourite birds, top ten list

This is a video about a great grey shrike, which has impaled a vole on a thorn. The video is from Belarus; however, the great grey shrike is also the favourite bird of Dutch photographers.

Photographer Jeffrey van Houten made a list, published today (with photos there), based on comments at the site, of the top ten species which Dutch bird photographers like to photograph most.

They are:

1. Great grey shrike

2. Bearded reedling

3. Short-eared owl

4. Little owl

5. Bee-eater

6. Cuckoo

7. Water rail

8. Barn owl

9. Long-eared owl

10. Goshawk