Vlieland fungi and birds

This video is about Vlieland.

After 25 September, 26 September 2015 was our second day on Vlieland island. We did not only see Slauerhoff’s poetry then.

Early in the morning, a robin singing.

Curlew and redshank sounds from the Wadden Sea not far away.

In the afternoon, we went to the forested area north of the village.

Many fungi, including shaggy ink cap.

White saddle fungi, 26 September 2015

And these white saddle fungi. Like the other photos on this blog post, this is a macro lens photo.

Mycena species, 26 September 2015

And these fungi: about same colour, but different species, much smaller.

Great spotted woodpecker sound.

In the sand dunes close to the North Sea beach, big parasol mushrooms.

On the North sea jetties: herring gulls, ruddy turnstones, oystercatchers, a red knot.

European searocket flowers on the beach.

Common puffballs, 26 September 2015

Back to the forest. These common puffballs grew there.

Fungus, 26 September 2015

And this mushroom.

Bolete, 26 September 2015

And this young bolete.

Sulphur tufts, 26 September 2015

Finally, these young sulphur tufts.

Back in the village. A male chaffinch.

Poetry on Vlieland island

Slauerhoff Vlieland

This photo shows parts of a poem about a town hall near the town hall of Vlieland island in the Netherlands.

The poem is by well-known Dutch poet Jan Jacob Slauerhoff. Vlieland, he said, was one of few places where he felt at home.

On fourteen glass plates like on the photo there are poetry lines by Slauerhoff.

If you want to see all fourteen of them, then you have to go all the way north from the village on the Wadden Sea coast to the dunes near the North Sea beach.

After we arrived on Vlieland on 25 September, we saw two glass plates with Slauerhoff poetry on 26 September.

Slauerhoff Vlieland in forest

This photo was taken in the forest not far from the North Sea coast.

Slauerhoff Vlieland on dune

And this photo is from a sand dune summit still closer to the North Sea coast.

Slauerhoff Vlieland poems

This photo, from Vlieland village shows maybe Slauerhoff’s most famous lines, including the first line in which he writes he can only really live inside his poems.

Vlieland island, arrival

This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

Rescuing orphans | Vlieland spring 2015

9 June 2015

Vlieland is the home of many bird species. Thousands of birds are breeding in the dunes and at the shores of the island. For some of the birds, Vlieland is the most southern breeding area (common eider duck, barnacle goose). For a lot of other species it is a safe haven because of the lack of large predators like foxes. The Wadden sea provides enormous amounts of food and also a lot of insects, berries and seeds are available in the woods and the valleys.

Sometimes young birds are getting in trouble, some of the locals attempt to rescue abandoned chicks. On Vlieland there is no official animal shelter but in case of emergency a lot of people are providing help to the animals in distress.

25 September 2015. We went to Vlieland.

In Harlingen harbour, a black-headed gull in winter plumage.

On harbour dikes, herring gulls and a great-black-backed gull.

Scores of great cormorants.

As the ship continued, oystercatchers on a dike, and eider ducks swimming behind it.

Seals resting on a sandbank.

As the ship arrived in Vlieland harbour, jackdaws sat down on it.

In the village, a collared dove.

Along the Wadden sea dike, meadow pipits.

And ruddy turnstones.

Botanical garden plant photos

Carnivorous plants, 7 September 2015

Still 7 September 2015 in the botanical garden. Apart from the fish in the big AquaHortus exhibition, and the reptiles and amphibians in that exhibition, there were, of course, the plants as well. Like these carnivorous plants on the first story of the entrance building.

Drosera bicolor, 7 September 2015

A bit further, more carnivorous plants in individual pots. Like this Drosera bicolor, from Australia.

Autumn snowflake, 7 September 2015

Outside, these flowers of a plant, better suited to northern hemisphere temperate zone September temperatures: Acis autumnalis – Autumn snowflake.

Finally, to the new Chinese herb garden part of the botanical garden.

Indian lotus, 7 September 2015

In a small rectangular pond there, Indian lotus grows. Big water drops on its leaves.

Fish and birds in, near the botanical garden

Jackdaw, 7 September 2015

This photo shows a jackdaw on the bank of a canal. We met it on our way on 7 September 2015 to the big AquaHortus aquarium and terrarium exhibition in the botanical garden. All photos of that day are macro lens photos.

The aquariums near the entrance of the exhibition contained tropical fish. In aquarium #1 were South American species: Nannostomus beckfordi; Hyphessobrycon columbianus; and Corydoras arcuatus.

This video is called Colombian Red & Blue Tetra (Hyphessobrycon colombianus).

In aquarium #2 were many cardinal tetras; and Hyphessobrycon bentosi.

Next, an aquarium with blue discus fish. According to an exhibition organiser, they cost 250-300 euros a fish.

Piranhas, 7 September 2015

In aquarium #6 lived piranhas.

Piranhas, on 7 September 2015

Their colour was more pale than usually. Still stress of being transported to the exhibition, which started only two days ago.

Paradise fish male, 7 September 2015

Next, an aquarium with paradise fish, both a male and a female.

One story higher in the botanical garden building were many small aquaria. In some of them were blue shrimps.

Killifish, 7 September 2015

In others, killifish. Many of them colourful, like these ones in aquarium #121. Unfortunately, no name tag on the aquarium.

We continued to a hothouse. Many tiger barbs in an aquarium.

In the next hothouse, an aquarium with two tropical seahorse species: Hippocampus erectus from the Americas, and Hippocampus barbouri from south-east Asia.

We left the hothouse, and had to get used to the colder autumn open air temperature. Not a problem for the animals in the aquariums outside. They were North Sea animals, including sea urchins and crabs.

A bit further, there were aquariums with wildlife species living in the canals of Leiden city. Including invasive American crayfish. And various freshwater fish species: eel (both juveniles and older ones). And carp (juveniles, as adult ones would need too big an aquarium).

Also Cottus perifretum.

Perch shared an aquarium with zebra mussels.

Next, an aquarium with three young northern pike.

Then, an aquarium shared by two species: the smallest Dutch fish at the exhibition, three-spined sticklebacks.

Ruffe, 7 September 2015

And somewhat bigger, but still small, fish: ruffe.

Ruffe, on 7 September 2015

Next, a rudd aquarium.

Finally, a bream aquarium.

As we walked back, pondskaters in the stream in the garden.

On the bank of the pond, a grey heron. Twice, it managed to catch a fish: a roach?

Stay tuned, as there will be more blog posts about the AquaHortus exhibition, especially amphibians, reptiles and plants!

Fungi and grey heron

Heempark, heather, 5 September 2015

On 5 September 2015, to the Heempark. This photo shows a part of it with heather flowering.

Just past the park entrance, a brown roll-rim. A bit further, many other fungi.

A grey heron standing on the rooftop of a small boathouse. One muscovy duck swimming, another one walking.

Rowan trees with berries.

Blusher, Amanita rufescens, 5 September 2015

One mushroom species seems to do well after the rain of previous days: blusher. This photo shows very young specimens.

Blusher, Amanita rufescens, Heempark, 5 September 2015

And this photo shows a bit older, but still not fully grown specimen.

Jay sound. Great spotted woodpecker sound.

After leaving the Heempark, blue chicory flowers along the footpath.

In Oud Poelgeest woodland, sulphur tuft fungi. And more blushers.

Oak tree, Oud Poelgeest, 5 September 2015

This photo shows an oak tree along a canal in Oud Poelgeest.

Reed, 5 September 2015

We walk back to the Heempark. This photo shows reed on the bank of the Heempark pond.

Fungi in Dutch Drenthe province: here.

Kingfisher and brimstone butterfly

Brimstone butterfly, 29 August 2015

This photo shows a male brimstone butterfly in the gardens of Sperwershof in ‘s Graveland in the Netherlands. We went there on 29 August 2015.

Before we arrived there, a group of white wagtails on a meadow. And grey lag geese.

A bit further, a kingfisher fishing in a ditch.

A dragonfly sitting on a pole: a male vagrant darter, aka moustached darter?

Brimstone butterfly, on 29 August 2015

As I said, at the Sperwershof a brimstone butterfly.

This is a brimstone butterfly video.

As we go back, nuthatch sound.

Along the bicycle track, big parasol mushrooms grow. Also about parasol mushrooms: here.

Vlieland parasol mushroom photos: here.