Good Mediterranean gull news


This 25 February 2017 video shows a Mediterranean gull in summer plumage, swimming between black-headed gulls (which should rather be called brown-headed gulls 🙂 … but there already is yet another species of that name) in winter plumage in the Neptunushaven harbour in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Mediterranean gulls are a mainly South European species. In the Netherlands, they nest mainly in Zeeland province and the adjacent part of South Holland province in the south-west.

The Dutch SOVON ornithologists report today that at least 1550 Mediterranean gull couples nest on the Ventjagersplaten sand banks in South Holland this summer. The biggest Mediterranean gull colony ever in the Netherlands. About 1600 young birds fledged, which is good.

In Zeeuws-Vlaanderen region in Zeeland an estimated 1500 more couples are estimated to have nested.

I saw these beautiful gulls from a ship from Turkey to Greece.

Zitting cisticola video


This video is about the zitting cisticola.

The video is from the Netherlands, where they are rare breeding birds in Zeeland province.

This species nests in southern Europe, Africa, southern Asia and northern Australia.

I was privileged to see them in Portugal, Spain and Morocco.

Strand medick, new plant for the Netherlands


Strand medick, photo by Jean Tosti

Strand medick is a plant species of the genus Medicago. It is found primarily in the Mediterranean basin.

However, climate change and tourism for northern to southern Europe and back now means it occurs more to the north as well.

Recently, it was discovered on a camping ground in Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

Rare barbastelle bats back in the Netherlands


This is a German language video about a barbastelle bat.

Dutch Vroege Vogels radio reported on 11 May 2007 about barbastelle bats. They used to be rare in the Netherlands. Until 1993, they hibernated in one spot: a ruin in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen region in Zeeland province.

After that ruin was demolished, the bats disappeared.

On 1 May this year, barbastelle bats were seen again in a woodland in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen.

Partridge cleanses its feathers


This 4 April 2017 video shows a grey partridge cleansing its feathers near Middelburg in Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

Henk Huige made this video.

Five-legged lamb born in Dutch Zeeland


Five-legged lamb Adèle

Dutch regional broadcasting organisation Omroep Zeeland reported on 28 January 2017 that a five-legged lamb had been born at Bertus Aartsen’s farm in Sint Jansteen village in Dutch Zeeland province.

In spite of her very unusual five legs, the lamb is healthy.

Normally, farmer Aartsen does not name his lambs. However, in this case he made an exception. He named her Adèle. As she was born on 21 January 2017: the dying day of well-known Dutch actress Adèle Bloemendaal, who starred in TV series ‘t Schaep met de 5 pooten (the five-legged sheep).

Aartsen usually sells his lambs to other farmers or slaughterhouses. However, he will keep Adèle if there is much interest in her, he said.

Earlier this month, another five-legged lamb (a white one; not black like Adèle) was born in England.

Lumpsucker fish guards eggs, video


This 21 Mach 2017 video shows a male lumpsucker fish guarding eggs. He moves his fins to provide the eggs with oxygen.

Diver Bert Peters made this video in the Oosterschelde estuary in Zeeland province in the Netherlands..