Brent geese and plants of Texel island


This video is about brent geese (Branta bernicla) grazing on grassland.

After 8 March 2016 on Texel island came 9 March. When we saw brent geese at the De Petten nature reserve.

Then, a wildlife ranger pointed out tundra vole dens in the grassland near the Mokbaai bay.

We continued with the ranger to De Geul nature reserve. Normally not open to the public as there was spoonbill nesting season.

Many great cormorants nesting.

Hairy bittercress flowers tell that spring is coming, though it is still rather cold.

Harbour porpoises off Texel island, video


This 10 March 2016 video from the Netherlands is about harbour porpoises, swimming between Texel island and Den Helder.

Wendy van der Zee made this video.

Green sandpiper and spoonbill on Texel island


This is a green sandpiper video.

This morning, 10 March 2016, near the bank of the pond outside the window on Texel island: a green sandpiper.

A mallard couple swam in the pond as well.

A bit later, also close to the window: a male pheasant.

Yesterday, a spoonbill on the meadow a bit further.

We had also seen shelducks, Egyptian geese and 88 curlews on that meadow. And a kestrel on a traffic sign not far away.

There will be more posts on Texel on this blog; but first the photographs will have to be sorted out.

Texel island arrival today


This video is about birds on Texel in 2015.

Today, our journey to the south-east of Texel island.

From the train, a great cormorant on the bank of a ditch.

Bad weather. Much rain and sleet.

From behind the window, two herring gulls on a meadow. Later two Egyptian geese land close to them.

I hope that during the next days the weather will become better for seeing and photographing birds.

Birds and orchids, Texel island 2015 report


This video says about itself:

22 March 2013

The Dutch Wadden island Texel is a paradise for birds. Photographer Sijmen Hendriks visited several times from 2007. This slide show video shows the result of these visits. Grey Plover, Avocet, Spoonbill, Stonechat, Brent Geese, Whitethroat, Hen Harrier, Sandwich Tern, Linnet, Yellow Wagtail and many more birds are featured in this video. Texel is the westernmost island in the Wadden Sea and is known for its rich bird life.

Erik van der Spek, warden on Texel, has a blog post today about the 2015 annual report on Texel wildlife.

At least 420 spoonbill couples nested last year in De Geul nature reserve; 106 in De Muy.

There were 1040 great cormorant nests in De Geul, and 848 in De Muy.

Six marsh harrier couples nested in De Geul.

On De Hors sand flat there were 70 little tern nests and two ringed plover nests.

There were five northern wheatear nests in the Bollekamer dunes.

In De Dennen forest, three nightjar couples nested last year.

In De Ploegelanden, in the central western part of the island, there were 2400 heath spotted-orchid plants. Western marsh orchid, early marsh-orchid and green-winged orchid flowered there as well.

Texel Hanenplas nature reserve: here.

Texel April 2016 birds: here.

Red-billed tropicbird on Texel island beach


This video says about itself:

A visit to the tropical island of Saba to study the rare and beautiful Red-Billed Tropicbird.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands, on 20 December 2016:

A white bird with long wings and a red bill: you could not get around it, this must be a red-billed tropicbird. The dead animal washed up on the Texel beach. Texel denizen Job ten Horn found the tropical vagrant, a new species for the North Sea. Red-billed tropicbirds are large, graceful white seabirds which spend their lives over the tropical oceans. They eat fish and squid. Wandering over the ocean, they sometimes wander into northern regions.

Beached sperm whales’ food investigated


This 13 January 2015 video is about sperm whales, stranded near beach pole 12 on Texel island in the Netherlands, being transported.

This week, six beached sperm whales died on Texel.

Scientists are investigating the contents of the stomachs and intestines of the dead whales.

They found many squid parts, and also proof that the whales had eaten anglerfish. One of the animals had swallowed a big longline fishing hook, but it apparently had not harmed him.