Veluwe fungi and birds


Fungi, 12 November 2017

Still 12 November 2017 in the Veluwe. After the stream and clouded agaric mushrooms in the morning, we went to Het Loo again in the afternoon. Where we saw fungi like these ones …

Fungi on branch, 12 November 2017

… and these ones (probably Trametes ochracea) …

Orange fungi, 12 November 2017

… and these orange ones …

Fungi and lichen, 12 November 2017

… and these ones, sharing a branch with lichens.

We hear nuthatch sound.

Candlesnuff fungi, 12 November 2017

Small candlesnuff fungi.

Sulphur tufts, 12 November 2017

And somewhat bigger sulphur tuft fungi.

Sulphur tufts, on 12 November 2017

On the forest floor, we could see wild boar have been digging.

Tinder fungi, 12 November 2017

Tinder fungi, on various standing …

Tinder fungi, 12 November 2017

Tinder fungus, on 12 November 2017

… and fallen trees.

Fungi, on 12 November 2017

Finally, these ones.

Stay tuned for 13 November 2017 in the Veluwe region!

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Veluwe stream and fungi


Beech trees, 12 November 2017

After the Veluwe region birds in the morning of 12 November 2017, came the Meibeek stream and the beech trees around it.

Autumn leaves, 12 November 2017

These about 200-year-old trees reflect in the water of the stream.

Meibeek, 12 November 2017

Many autumn leaves floating in the Meibeek.

Autumn leaves, on 12 November 2017

Clouded agaric, 12 November 2017

Not far from the Meibeek was a fairy circle of clouded agaric mushrooms.

Clouded agaric, on 12 November 2017

Clouded agaric fairy ring, 12 November 2017

Stay tuned for more on 12 November in the Veluwe region!

Robin and great tit


Robin, 12 November 2017

After 11 November 2017 in the Veluwe region came 12 November. Early in the morning, we saw this robin.

Great tit, 12 November 2017

A bit later, a great tit arrived, between northern red oak autumn leaves.

Robin, on 12 November 2017

Still later, bird food on the table outside the window attracted the robin again.

Fungi, trees and birds


This 11 September 2016 Dutch video from Gelderland regional TV is about a cyclists’ protest, organised by the Party for the Animals, against the Dutch royals hunting on the big Het Loo estate near Apeldoorn city, causing most bicycle tracks and footpaths to be closed off to the public.

Het Loo is called a royal domain, but is in fact property of the Dutch government. However, the Dutch royal family has the right to use it, eg, to hunt there and to close off roads and paths which might hinder hunting from September till December. “So, public property, but the public is not welcome”, a Wiesel village resident said.

Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1876-1934), who became Prince Consort of the Netherlands, imported wild boar from his native Germany to hunt in Het Loo. This led to entry restrictions.

When Queen Wilhelmina, Henry’s wife, lived as a widow at Het Loo, there was less hunting and more paths became open to the public.

But after Wilhelmina’s death, royal hunting increased again, and so did access restrictions against the public.

After 10 November 2017 in Wenum-Wiesel in the Veluwe region came 11 November.

A robin just outside the window.

We are on our way to Het Loo. Just before the entrance gate, we hear a jay. And see an ancient barrow grave.

We pass the entrance gate, and proceed on the only ‘legal’ bicycle track. To the left and right, numerous signs of No entry.

Het Loo, 11 November 2017

Many trees with beautiful autumn leaves.

Het Loo, on 11 November 2017

A chaffinch. Great spotted woodpecker sound.

Fungi, 11 November 2017

A branch on the ground with beautiful orange fungi on it. Yellow stagshorn? To the right of it, another branch with brownish fungi.

Autumn leaves, 11 November 2017

More autumn leaves. Some on the forest floor …

Autumn leaves, on 11 November 2017

… some still on the trees.

Tinder fungi, 11 November 2017

A bit further, a fallen tree with many fungi on it. Including tinder fungi.

Tinder fungus, 11 November 2017

Including these big tinder fungi with orange undersides.

Tinder fungi, 11 November 2017

Stil more tinder fungi on the same big tree.

We continue to the Soerense veld. That is a heathland area. We thought heathland would be an interesting change from forest. However, another sign says No entry, because of royal family hunting. So, we go back.

Meibeek, 11 November 2017

Late in the afternoon, we go to the Meibeek stream. Sometimes people see kingfishers there. We don’t see them, but we do see beautiful reflections in the water.

Close to the Meibeek bank, an amethyst deceiver mushroom.

Crested tits, nuthatches and trees


This is a crested tit video from France.

10 November 2017. After arriving yesterday in Wenum-Wiesel in the Veluwe region, this morning a robin on the table outside the window. Behind it, a great tit at the feeder.

Zandhegge, 10 November 2017

We walk to the Zandhegge, a nature reserve of regional conservation organisation Het Geldersch Landschap.

Zandhegge leaves, 10 November 2017

It is a forest with both deciduous and coniferous trees.

Cowberries, 10 November 2017

And shrubs with red cowberries. And fungi.

A nuthatch climbs up and down branches.

We hear a green woodpecker.

A bit further, a great tit. And three of its rarer relatives: crested tits!

It starts to rain. We walk back.

In the afternoon, after the rain had stopped, to the Zandhegge again.

A flock of chaffinches. Great spotted woodpecker sound.

Leaves, 10 November 2017

Beautiful autumn leaves. Some still on the trees …

Leaves, on 10 November 2017

… some on the forest floor.

Veluwe birds and fungi, first day


This video is about Wenum-Wiesel village near Apeldoorn city in the Veluwe region.

On 9 November 2017, we traveled to Wenum-Wiesel; which is close to woodland.

From the train to Apeldoorn, a great egret in a meadow.

In Wenum-Wiesel, robin, blackbird and jay sounds.

Not far away, a fairy ring of clouded agaric mushrooms.

As we walk among trees with beautiful autumn leaves, a male chaffinch and a female blackbird along the road.

Superb starlings, ducks and flamingos


Superb starling, 30 October 2017

This is my final blog post on 30 October 2017 in Blijdorp zoo in Rotterdam. After the giraffes and the European starlings on the roof of their building, we continued to giraffe relatives: okapis, sharing their compound with superb starlings like this one.

Superb starling, on 30 October 2017

After walking through the tunnel under the railway, we came to the part of the zoo dedicated to the Americas.

White-faced whistling duck, 30 October 2017

In a South American aviary were white-faced whistling ducks; like this one.

In this ‘American’ part are two big buildings. One, the Oceanium, has many terrariums and aquariums; including a very big one where sharks, rays and sea turtles can swim above your head. Also, king penguins and gentoo penguins in a special cold hall.

The other big building is called Amazonica. It houses South American butterflies. And South American fish, like big arapaimas.

Flamingos and gull, 30 October 2017

We went back through the tunnel, towards the exit, which is also the entrance where we had seen the flamingos in the morning. They were still there; though many of them had now gone to a building for food. While a black-headed gull asked itself if there would be food for it as well.

Flamingo, 30 October 2017

Gradually, flamingos came back to the water to drink.

Flamingo, on 30 October 2017

And to clean their feathers.

Flamingos, 30 October 2017

And to talk to each other.

Flamingo drinks, 30 October 2017

And to have one more drink, as the setting sun coloured the water, contrasting beautifully with the birds.

Flamingo looks, 30 October 2017

And, finally, to look around and say goodbye.