Foxglove flowers and cockchafer beetles

Flowers, Gooilust, 8 June 2020

This 8 June 2020 photo shows foxglove flowers in Gooilust nature reserve near Hilversum.

Cockchafer, 8 June 2020

A bit further, there was this beetle.

Cockchafer beetle, 8 June 2020

A cockchafer beetle.

Cockchafer, on 8 June 2020

This species is also called Maybug, though this beetle was still around in June. After the photo session, the beetle flew up to a treetop.

Foxglove flowers, 8 June 2020

Then, once again foxglove flowers.

Stay tuned for more Gooilust photos!

Pinetum plants, birds and tadpoles

This 2017 video is about Pinetum Blijdenstein in Hilversum, the Netherlands. This botanical garden was founded in 1898.

We went there today. In the middle is a pond, called the ‘Mesozoic pond’. Around it, all plants are relatives of plants that already lived during the age of dinosaurs. Like ferns, horsetails and conifers. Flowering plants had just started then. Around the pond is just one flowering plant species, a magnolia. Magnolias are relatives of plants that already lived during the Cretaceous.

In the pond, tadpoles swam.

Sounds of great spotted woodpecker, blackbird and robin. A song thrush sings, another one feeds on a lawn.

Then, we went to the Costerustuin botanical garden.

This 2008 video is about the Costerustuin.

The garden also has a pond; smaller than the pinetum pond and not Mesozoic.

Tadpoles swam, and pondskaters skated on the surface.

A great tit on a tree.

After we left, a blackcap sang.

Eared grebes, highland cattle in dunes lake

Eared grebe, Egmond, 19 May 2020

This photo shows an eared grebe. One of a couple swimming in the lake south-west of Egmond Binnen village, in the coastal sand dunes nature reserve.

Highland cattle, 19 May 2020

As this photo from the hide shows, highland cattle joined the grebes in the water.

Macro photography of Ecuadorian insects, spiders

This 20 May 2020 video says about itself:

Macro Photography in ECUADOR – Episode 2: Spiders, Flies, Moths, Ants, VELVET WORMS

Even more macro photography from a trip to Ecuador’s cloud forest to look for wild arthropods.

Thanks to Nancy Miorelli for all the help on the trip.

El Septimo Paraiso – the place we stayed, is highly recommended!

Common whitethroat, mallards and gadwalls

Mallards and gadwall, 20 May 2020

After my earlier blog post, still 20 May 2020 in the sand dunes nature reserve. We walked away from the lake, just south of Egmond aan Zee village. Just to the south of that lake, in the next lake, were these three mallards dabbling, and a gadwall duck swimming behind them.

Further away, a little grebe swimming.

Common whitethroat, 20 May 2020

On a bush above the lake, this common whitethroat singing.

Common whitethroat, on 20 May 2020

An oystercatcher flying.

Mallards, 20 May 2020

Meanwhile, the mallards were still dabbling.

Gadwall, 20 May 2020

The gadwalls had moved to another part of the lake.

Gadwall, on 20 May 2020

As we walked back, a brimstone butterfly.

Wild pansies, little grebes and nightingales

Wild pansies, 20 May 2020

This photo shows wild pansies which we saw on 20 May 2020 in the sand dunes nature reserve, on the day after 19 May.

As we start walking, a blackbird sings. And a chiffchaff.

A cuckoo calls.

A brimstone butterfly.

A wood warbler sings.

We arrive at the hide where we saw little grebes in the lake. This time, we see only a coot couple with their youngsters. The littles grebes are audible, not visible.

A small, but noisy flock of starlings.

Nightingales sing.

A male chaffinch sings from the top of a bush.

Small heath butterflies.

Wild pansies, on 20 May 2020

We arrive at an area with many wild pansies.

Sand dune plants, 20 May 2020

And other plants adapted to this sandy environment.

Rabbit droppings.

We arrive at a lake, not far from Egmond aan Zee village.

Swifts, house martins and barn swallows flying around.

Little grebes, 20 May 2020

Two little grebes swimming.

Coot, 20 May 2020

And a coot.

Stay tuned, as there will be a sequel to this blog post!

Little grebes, frogs and flowers

Little grebe, 19 May 2020

After yesterday, we went again to the sand dunes nature reserve on 19 May 2020. We saw this little grebe.

As we started our walk, a nightingale sang.

A lesser black-backed gull flying.

Four stock doves.

Great spotted woodpecker sound.

A chiffchaff sings. A great cormorant flies.

A robin. A whitethroat on a bush.

Swifts flying.

We reach the hide.

Little grebe, on 19 May 2020

In the lake behind the hide, coots and two little grebes swim.

Little grebe, Egmond, 19 May 2020

Little grebe with food, 19 May 2020

One of the little grebes finds some food: a leech.

A great tit calls.

As we leave, a speckled wood butterfly.

We walk on. We arrive at the lakelet of the white water-crowfoot flowers.

White water-crowfoot and edible frog, 19 May 2020

The flowers are still there, and so is this edible frog.

Stonechat, butterflies and wild pansies

This June 2019 video says about itself:

Singing Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) in Heemskerk, the Netherlands.

This is a common and widespread typical warbler which breeds throughout Europe and across much of temperate western Asia. This small passerine bird is strongly migratory, and winters in tropical Africa, Arabia, and Pakistan.

After yesterday, again to the coastal sand dunes nature reserve on 18 May 2020.

A cuckoo calls. A nightingale sings.

A common whitethroat on a treetop.

A great spotted woodpecker.

Lakelet, 18 May 2020

We arrive at the lakelet.

At the lakelet, a willow warbler sings.

Lakelet, on 18 May 2020

The white water-crowfoot flowers are still there.

White water-crowfoot, 18 May 2020

A bit further, a great tit.

A stonechat on top of a bush.

Two meadow pipits flying.

A great cormorant flying.

A common blue butterfly on a wild pansy flower.

Wild pansies, 18 May 2020

Unfortunately, when this photo was taken, the butterfly was gone.

Wild pansies, on 18 May 2020

A small heath butterfly.

A barn swallow flies. Three northern lapwings fly.

A buzzard flying.

A blackbird sings.

An orange-tipped butterfly.

Two swifts.

Finally, a meadow pipit on a pole.

Birds, bluebells, frogs and wild pansies

Edible frogs on 17 May 2020

Still 17 May 2020 in the coastal sand dunes nature reserve. At the pond with edible frogs during their mating season …

White water-crowfoot, Egmond, 17 May 2020

.. and white water-crowfoot, where the frogs deposit their eggs on.

Bluebells flowering.

Wild pansies, 17 May 2020

A bit further, wild pansies growing on the sand dunes.

Wild pansies, on 17 May 2020

Wild pansies, Egmond, 17 May 2020

Wild pansies, Egmond, on 17 May 2020

Wild pansies, in Egmond, 17 May 2020

As we walk back: a grey heron at the second lake.

A greenfinch. A robin.

A swift flying.

Finally, again a meadow pipit on a pole.