Lake flamingo pink because of drought


Pink Wagejot, photo by Flying Focus Aerial Photography

This photo by Flying Focus Aerial Photography shows Wagejot nature reserve on Texel island in the Netherlands this week.

Usually, the water of this shallow lake near the Wadden sea is greyish-greenish. Now, it is flamingo pink.

Probably, algae cause this. Because of drought, which increases salinity.

I have good memories of Wagejot. Both in a cold winter, with only a lonely redshank on the ice; and at warmer times with many birds.

Puffin rehabilitation videos


This 17 July 2017 Dutch video is about the puffin which arrived recently in the bird hospital of Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands.

The bird is still underweight. When it will be well again, it will be freed.

In the video, Mick tells about feeding the puffin. See also here.

This 17 July 2017 Dutch video is about the recovery of the puffin. Since it came to Ecomare, its weight has increased from too low 225 gram to 348 gram.

Puffin recovering on Texel island


This 9 July 2017 video shows a puffin feeding at Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands. The weakened starving bird had been found on the beach of Egmond aan Zee on 8 July. Apparently, it was not injured, but it was very underweight. Fortunately, now it is eating well. When its weight will be normal again, it will be freed.

This 8 July 2017 video shows the puffin before its arrival at Ecomare.

Bearded vulture on Texel island


This 26 May 2017 video from Dutch nature reserve Solleveld shows the young male bearded vulture Lucky from the High Tauern mountains in Austria, which had flown to the Netherlands.

According to Dutch Vroege Vogels TV, in the last week of May 2017 Lucky flew over the Netherlands, including spending time on Texel island.

Christopher Sands explains why vultures are so misunderstood. This article is the editorial of the June edition of the BirdLife Europe & Central Asia newsletter. Read it here in full.

‘Gay’ vultures raise young bird


The young griffon vulture, raised by a same sex couple in Artis

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

A first in Artis: gay griffon vultures raise young one

Today, 14:26

For the first time a couple of male griffon vultures in Artis take care of a chick, the Amsterdam zoo reports. The egg from which the chick hatched was found loose on the bottom of the aviary.

Caregivers placed it in the incubator, but then saw how the male couple built a nest on the rock in the vulture compound. It was then decided to put the vulture egg into the nest, where it was then brooded by the males taking turns until it hatched.

Five years ago

Meanwhile, the two fathers take good care of the chick, Artis reports. Five years ago a young griffon vulture was born in the zoo. This year, two chicks were added: the one who was brooded by the gay couple and a chick of two [heterosexual] birds injured in Spain and brought to Artis for convalescence.

The male couple has been together for years in Artis. Homosexuality is not unusual in the animal world and certainly not in birds. A vulture couple always stays together.

Artis is going to investigate whether the two young birds can be freed later into the wild. The zoo participates in the European breeding program for griffon vultures.

This Dutch video says about itself:

This Griffon Vulture with ring number RO4 was ringed in Spain in January 2015 and was seen in the Dennen woodland on Texel [island] on August 1, 2015. On May 20, 2016, this same bird appeared on Texel, at exactly in the same place.

Local buzzards tried to drive the vulture away. A carrion crow even landed on the vulture’s back, as the video shows.