Grey seals freed after reconvalescence


This 30 May 2018 video from Texel island in the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

Five seals from our [Ecomare museum] shelter were able to return to the sea today! Among them were the two seals that had ended up in the shelter because they had become entangled in pieces of fishing nets. Co and Lenja, and the other three gray seals Monster, Brechje and Funny are now strong and healthy enough to be able to continue independently. The seals almost went into the water at the same time … a new future. Read more about it here.

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King eider visits Texel island


This picture shows a king eider duck at Texel island in the Netherlands. It is the sixth time ever that this mostly Arctic species visits Texel.

See also here.

Texel wildlife in spring 2018: here.

First spoonbill returns to Texel island nesting colony


This April 2013 video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Eurasian Spoonbills brooding on their nests on the island Texel. Some of the birds are sitting on their nests, some of them are standing on them.

The video shows the spoonbill colony at the Schorren, one of several colonies on Texel.

Warden Charlotte Biskop of Texel reports today that the first spoonbill has returned this week to its nesting colony from spring migration.

The beginning of the 2018 Texel spoonbill nesting season!

See also here.

Parrot crossbill invasion in the Netherlands


This video from Britain is called Male Parrot Crossbill (Loxia pytyopsittacus) by Gunners Park, Shoeburyness, Essex, 13th October 2013.

There is a parrot crossbill invasion in the Netherlands, eg, on Texel island.

These north European and Siberian birds are rare in the Netherlands. They are bigger and have heavier bills than red crossbills. These heavier bills are useful for eating Scots pine seeds. While red crossbills eat Norway spruce seeds from less tough cones than Scots pine ones.

Seals freed after reconvalescence


This 7 August 2017 video from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands is about two common seals, Paula and René, being freed after reconvalescence.

Rare buff-breasted sandpiper, brown booby in the Netherlands


This 20 October 2014 video is about a buff-breasted sandpiper, attracting bird photographers, on the Maasvlakte in the Netherlands.

Today, 20 August 2017, a buff-breasted sandpiper is present in nature reserve De Zandkes on Texel island in the Netherlands. This North American species is rare in the Netherlands.

This video is called Unbelievably Tame Brown Booby Bird On Christmas Island [near Australia].

On 20 August 2017, a brown booby, a species which one would expect near Australia or in the Caribbean, was seen near Lopik in the Netherlands, and later in Germany. The first brown booby ever for both countries.