Black terns and grasshopper warblers

This video is about a black tern on its nest.

20 June 2015: to the Ooijpolder nature reserve, just east of Nijmegen city in the Netherlands.

On a sandy bank of the Waal river, mallards and a carrion crow.

Barn swallows flying around.

A whitethroat sings. So does a reed bunting.

A white stork flying.

Sound of a chiffchaff. And of a grasshopper warbler. A rare bird in the Netherlands, but here there are several.

In the Oude Waal, a lake which used to be the river bed long ago, tufted ducks swim. And a great crested grebe couple with four chicks.

A jay and a magpie flying. A cuckoo calling.

Flowering rush flowers.

A flock of goldfinches flying past.

A red-tailed bumblebee on a flower.

A reed warbler sings.

On the south side of the Oude Waal lake, a common tern flying. Also some black terns. A bit further, there is a black tern nesting colony on small artificial islands. Parents feed chicks.

Two spoonbills. Grey lag geese.

A shelduck couple with five ducklings, already not much smaller than their parents.

Three redshanks on the bank.

A hare running through the grass.

When we are almost back in Nijmegen, about twenty lapwings flying.

Cuckoo, Canada geese and little grebe

This video is called The European Adder – Vipera berus. We did not see adders during our week in and around Dwingelderveld national park. They live there; but the best time to see them is on warm, sunny days. Which weren’t part of this early May week.

After 6 May 2015, 7 May in Drenthe. Our last full day there.

As we went to the hide, a robin on a fence.

Near the hide, swifts and barn swallows flying. A willow warbler sings.

In a lakelet just north of Moddergat lake, three common pochards, male and female tufted ducks.

A little grebe calls and swims.

A mallard. Two Egyptian geese: a Canada goose calls to them as they land.

In wet heathland, a skylark sings.

Cuckoo, 7 May 2015

A cuckoo sitting on a tree.

Briefly, a yellowhammer above the cuckoo in the same tree.

A stonechat.

Canada geese, 7 May 2015

Canada geese.

Next, another wetland: Koelevaartsveen. Three common sandpipers near the bank.

Moss and trees, 7 May 2015

Moss growing near the trees not far away.

Moss, 7 May 2015

Near the Dwingelose heide cycle track, again oak eggar caterpillars.

Dark tussock caterpillar, photo by Lo Troisfontaine

Also a much rarer and smaller caterpillar. So small and lightweight that the wind again and again blows it decimetres further away on the sandy path. A dark tussock caterpillar.

Cottongrass, 7 May 2015

Back to the hide. Cottongrass grows there. This marked the end for us of a week of seeing much beautiful wildlife.

Skylark, stonechat, and oak eggar caterpillar

This video is about a yellowhammer singing.

After 5 May 2015, 6 May in and around Dwingelderveld national park in Drenthe.

Early in the morning, a red squirrel outside.

In the Dwingelose heide heathland, a yellowhammer sings.

A curlew calls.

Moss, 6 May 2015

Not just heather grows here: eg, moss as well.

Many skylarks fly up and down, singing.

Skylark, 6 May 2015

One skylark, a bit atypically, sits down on a bush.

A kestrel flies overhead.

Oak eggar caterpillar, 6 May 2015

On the sandy path along the bicycle track, oak eggar caterpillars. These hairy caterpillars, common in Dwingelderveld at this time of the year, may irritate people’s skins. Some birds don’t like to feed on hairy caterpillars like these; but, eg, cuckoos don’t mind.

Near a lakelet, a northern lapwing couple flying and calling. And a redshank.

From the hide, again two black-necked grebes. And tufted ducks.

On the bank of Holtveenslenk lake, a spoonbill. While a grey heron flies away.

A long-tailed tit in a tree.

Stonechat male, on 6 April 2015

Then, a male stonechat.

Little ringed plover and young frog

This video is about black woodpeckers making their nest.

We had seen a black woodpecker; on 2 May, in a coniferous forest near the Holtveenslenk lake. I personally saw just a silhouette of the bird flying away.

After 4 May 2015, came 5 May in and around Dwingelderveld national park in Drenthe province.

We went to the southern Kloosterveld part. Still barn swallows flying around. However, now after the rain, there are many more puddles than on 3 May. So, the swallows now are able to drink and to collect nesting material at many more places than before; making photographing them harder than before.

Moss, 5 May 2015

The moss is not harder to photograph here now than earlier.

A yellowhammer on the grass.

Willow warbler and chiffchaff singing.

So does a skylark. And a song thrush.

A curlew calls.

A shelduck rests on the lakelet bank.

Behind it, Egyptian geese.

Two grey lag geese flying overhead.

On the northern bank of the next lake, a common sandpiper.

Little ringed plover, 5 May 2015

And a little ringed plover.

Two shelducks swimming between black-headed gulls.

Sound of a pheasant. And of an edible frog.

Stonechat male, 5 May 2015

On a pole, a male stonechat. It flies to a wire; then, to another pole.

Young pool frog, 5 May 2015

Then, a juvenile pool frog.

We arrive back at Lanka park. A red squirrel at the feeder.

Blackbird female, 5 May 2015

Then, a female blackbird; cleaning her feathers after lots of rain.

Tree pipit, stonechat and whitethroat

This video is called Black-necked grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) with young.

After 3 May 2015, 4 May 2015 in Drenthe.

Near Kraloo, a black redstart on a roof.

In the Dwingelderveld, an Egyptian goose near a lake.

A cuckoo on a tree.

From the hide at the Davidsplassen lakes, one can see coots swimming. Barn swallows nest in the hide.

Grey lag geese fly past.

One can hear a little grebe. Two slightly bigger relatives, a black-necked grebe couple, dive again and again.

Just past the hide, a grey heron. Tufted ducks swimming. A Canada goose.

In a peat bog ditch, pondskaters.

Ground-ivy, 4 May 2015

Ground-ivy flowers.

Big caterpillars of oak eggar moths.

Tree pipit, 4 May 2015

On a shrub in heathland, a tree pipit sings.

Stonechat male, 4 April 2015

A bit further, a male and a female stonechat.

Stonechat male, on 4 April 2015

A whitethroat sings.

Whitethroat, 4 May 2015

A yellowhammer in a tree sings.

Long-tailed tits drive away a jay.

On the edge of a peat bog, male and female common pochard swimming.

A brimstone butterfly lands on a dandelion flower.

House martins, barn swallows, moss and lambs

This video is about a skylark singing on a branch.

After 2 May 2015, 3 May 2015 in Dwingelderveld national park; more especially, its southern Kloosterveld part.

Barn swallow, 3 April 2015

Like yesterday evening, barn swallows come here to drink. They also collect nesting material, as this photo shows.

House martin, 3 May 2015

Also some house martins, not as numerous here as barn swallows, come to collect mud for their nests.

Two goldfinches land close to the swallows’ waterhole.

A bit further, two shelducks. A northern lapwing.

A chaffinch sings. A curlew calls.

A skylark sings. Unlike the bird on the video at the top of this blog post, it sings while flying, not from a branch.

A northern wheatear on a pole.

A stonechat on a wire.

Two oystercatchers flying.

Moss, 3 May 2015

At some spots, moss grows.

Moss, on 3 May 2015

Moss, Kloosterveld, on 3 May 2015

A male common linnet.

Sheep and lamb, 3 May 2015

The sheep are in this nature reserve to prevent it from becoming overgrown. At this time of the year, they have lambs.

And then came the afternoon … with rain, lots of it …