This 29 September 2018 video shows a baby common tern eating, with some difficulty, a fish brought by its parents.
Warden Aielle Erens made this video on Rottumerplaat desert island in the Netherlands.
in late 2015, it was found that narrow-mouthed whorl snails still live on Rottumerplaat: on a much bigger area, of at least 1500 meter by 5-10 meter.
In 2006, 18 snail species were found on the island. In 2015, 20. Apart from the narrow-mouthed whorl snail, this includes four other Red List species: mouse ear snail; dun sentinel; Vertigo antivertigo; and crested vertigo.
This 2013 Dutch video is about a one week stay on a sand bank in the Wadden Sea.
Rottumerplaat birds update, April 2016: here.
This video says about itself:
Eelgrass (Zostera marina) underwater in Ireland
Posted on October 13, 2015 by Bert Corté
Researchers from Rijkswaterstaat, Radboud University, the Field Work Company, Arcadis and the Forestry Commission last Thursday investigated a new field of eelgrass (Zostera marina) south of Rottumerplaat and Rottumeroog. This followed an earlier discovery by our birdwatchers. In a short time approximately 21 hectares of eelgrass have grown around the so-called Boschplaat. After sampling this appears to involve some 5,000 plants which have returned here spontaneously. Further genetic research must clarify what the origin of these plants is.
Our birdwatchers Bart Ebbinge and Doortje Dallmeijer this summer on Rottumerplaat saw in late July just south of the gully below the island a small field of dwarf eelgrass (Zostera noltii) which had developed quite a lot compared to 2013. About a kilometer further south, in the lee of mussel beds, they found more than 100 scattered common eelgrass plants growing. …
Common eelgrass has much broader and longer blades than dwarf eelgrass. Both types of seagrass are very important for the survival of many fish and birds in the Wadden Sea.
Wardens Bart Ebbinge and Doortje Dallmeijer of Rottumerplaat have published yesterday their final report of this nesting season about the island’s birds.
This year, at least 17, probably more, young barn swallows have fledged.
Eight young marsh harriers fledged this summer on Rottumerplaat. Their parents had fed them mainly young rabbits, young herring gulls and young lesser black-backed gulls, and some meadow pipits and starlings.
There were 59 spoonbill nests in 2015. By reading rings, the wardens found out scores of spoonbills had migrated from Schiermonnikoog to the Rottumerplaat colony; and also some birds originally from Germany and Terschelling.
Over nine hundred eider ducks nested this year on the desert island, with about 80% of the nests being succesful.
There were about 1200 herring gull nests and 3050 lesser black-backed gull nests this year.
On the Schild sandbank, east of Rottumerplaat, 400 adult and 300 young common seals were counted. This year, one dead young seal and two dead adult seals were found: comparatively, not many. Once, there was a dead harbour porpoise.
Just before the wardens left the island, they saw a kingfisher. Only the third time ever for this species on Rottumerplaat.
Already on 24 June, all young pied wagtails had fledged.
Update 31 July 2015: here.
This video is about a cuckoo calling in Turkey.
There are also nine carrion crow nests.
The cuckoo is also present, feeding on hairy caterpillars.
Update 6 June 2015: here.
Update 20 June 2015: here.
This is a spotted flycatcher video.
They write about 5 May 2015:
The southern wind brings us new visitors; birds which this spring we have not seen before like a female reed bunting, a cuckoo and a spotted flycatcher, sitting jauntily on the clothesline on the north side of the house, and quickly flying its rounds to catch insects.
Already scores of spoonbill couples have started nesting on the island.
The wardens found a shoveler nest with 11 eggs. The first proof that this duck species nests on Rottumerplaat.
Also, a peregrine falcon nest with four eggs was found.
This video says about itself:
28 June 2009
Wadden Sea National Park is an excellent example of a coastal wetland between Den Helder in the Netherlands and Esbjerg in Denmark. It is the largest unbroken stretch of intertidal mudflats in the world, and the perfect example of a coastal wetland with high biological, hydrological and ecological importance, shared between three countries: Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark.
The area is of international importance being a nursery of marine life, a resting, moulting and feeding area for several millions of migratory birds, and a habitat for thousands of birds, seals and many other species.
The Wadden Sea, an estuary of the North Sea, has a total area of about 8000 square km. It is the world’s biggest coherent habitat of its kind and one of the last unspoiled estuaries in Europe. There are many varied and extensive habitats in the Wadden Sea. This important estuary includes the salt marshes along the coast line as well as the islands and dunes.
The mud flats consist of the areas which get flooded twice a day and then fall dry again, and of the channel system of tideways, channels and shipping channels between the islands, which are responsible for the flooding and for the draining.
The mud flats are known for their very low inclination which is usually less than 1 meter of difference in altitude on a 1000 meter long stretch.
About fifty islands and islets protect the shallow Wadden Sea.
On 15 April, the first barn swallows, a couple, inspected the roof of the wardens’ house, where barn swallows had also nested last year.
Dunlin are the most numerous waders, thousands of them. There are also many curlews, oystercatchers and black-bellied plovers. On the rocks on the east side of the island there are hundreds of turnstones.
On 6 April, the first daffodil flower of the year.
Already in March, grey lag geese had started nesting.
On 13 April, the wardens found a common eider nest with four eggs. However, most eider females will start nesting later.
This video is about common eider (Somateria mollissima) ducks.
This year, 31 bird species nested certainly on Rottumerplaat; two probably and six possibly.
Herring gulls and lesser black-backed gulls were most numerous, with over 260 nesting couples together.
Hundreds of eider ducks nested.
At least 149 oystercatcher couples nested, most not successfully.
There were three Arctic tern nests, with only one chick fledging.
There were six carrion crow nests.
Redshank: 11 nests.
Translated from the report, about bird migration:
Black storks (4), Common rosefinches (5), Cranes (2), Mediterranean gull (5), Cuckoo (several), Turtle dove (at least four), Honey buzzard (3), Osprey (8), Garganey (up to 6), Horned lark (maximum 48) and a single Dotterel, Red-breasted flycatcher, White-tailed eagle, Gull-billed tern, Pallid harrier, Arctic skua, Curlew sandpiper, Hobby, Red kite, Black kite, Snow bunting, just to name a few. We recorded two species new for Rottumerplaat: a very rare Red-headed bunting was at the house on 14 June. … On July 5 in a passing group of Black terns, we observed a White-winged tern. In total, we recorded 160 species.