Sleepy young swans, video


This 8 June 2017 video is about sleepy young mute swans.

Joop Krassenburg made this video in Wassenaar in the Netherlands.

Black swan video


This is a black swan video.

These originally Australian birds now also live in the Netherlands and other European countries.

Whooper swans in Sweden


This video shows whooper swans, both adult and young birds, in Sweden in March 2011.

Night heron uses bread for fishing


This video says about itself:

Smart Heron Used Bread To Fish – Super Smart Animals – BBC Earth

26 May 2017

Hungry Hank is one cool feathery customer. Outmuscled by the resort [Black] Swans, this plucky Night Heron has got his eyes on a much bigger prize, but it might involve the waiting game.

This blog has blogged about other heron species, eg, green herons, doing similar things.

Mute swans in love, video


This 13 April 2017 video shows two mute swans in love.

Tonny Vermeulen made this video in Genk, Belgium.

Black swan mating season


This 4 April 2017 video shows a black swan in mating season mood.

These birds are originally from Australia; but feral black swans live now in, eg, Europe.

Everdien van de Bijl in the Netherlands made this video.

Swans and botanical garden flowers


Mute swan, 18 February 2017

On 18 February 2017, we went to the botanical garden. Before arriving there, we passed a canal with this young mute swan swimming.

Mute swans, 18 February 2017

There were two more mute swans: another youngster and an adult.

Mute swan youngster, 18 February 2017

On the canal bank, feral pigeons.

When we arrived at the botanical garden, there were of course not yet as many flowers as later in the year, it officially still being winter. Yet, already purple crocus.

Winter aconites, 18 February 2017

And quite some winter aconites were already present.

Wintersweet, 18 February 2017

And so were these wintersweet flowers.

Snowdrops, 18 February 2017

And, of course, snowdrops, as one might expect at this time of the year.

Snowdrops on 18 February 2017

A great tit calls. Blackbirds. Ring-necked parakeets.

On the other side of the canal, grazing coots and moorhens.

A blue tit drinking from the botanical garden stream.