Many shelducks moulting in the Netherlands

This video is about shelduck courtship and mating behaviour.

Yesterday, 27 July 2015, Dutch regional broadcaster Omroep Zeeland referred to a ‘tsunami’.

Fortunately, they did not mean a real natural disaster, but, figuratively speaking, many ducks.

About 35,000 shelducks have gathered at the Hooge Platen sandbank in the Westerschelde river in Zeeland province.

This is the biggest number of this species there ever.

The birds have gathered there for their moulting season, when they can’t fly.

Beautiful moth species, new for the Netherlands

Eublemma purpurina, photo by Henk WagenaarOn 5 June 2015, a moth species, new for the Netherlands, was discovered in Zeeland province.

Moth monitors Piet Jopse and Henk Wagenaar found this Eublemma purpurina, Beautiful marbled moth.

This beautiful insect is a south European species. Climate change means it gets further and further to the north.

Bar-tailed godwits feeding, video

This video is about two bar-tailed godwits feeding at the mudflats near Bruinisse along the Oosterschelde in the Netherlands.

Though this video was made at the end of May 2015, they are still in winter plumage.

Brown bear bones discovery in the Netherlands

This video says about itself:

17 March 2014

The awe-inspiring brown bear lives in the forests and mountains of northern North America, Europe, and Asia. It is the most widely distributed bear in the world.

Translated from Staatsbosbeheer in the Netherlands:

Thursday, May 28, 2015 12:12

During recent archaeological field surveys in the dunes of the Kop van Schouwen bones of the brown bear were found by archaeologists of the AWN Association of Volunteers in Archaeology. This find is spectacular to mention, because since 1940 only a pierced bear’s tooth had been found in the province of Zeeland until now.

Living locally

A pierced bear’s tooth may have been brought as an amulet by people from elsewhere, but the discovery of the bones probably reflects the actual local occurrence of the brown bear. Expert Dick Mol ruled that the remains are indeed of a young brown bear.


When the bear was living in Zealand must still be precisely determined. Until now it was known that until the High Middle Ages (10th to 12th century) bears still lived in the Benelux countries. C14 dating can clarify the precise age of the bones.

See also here.

Greenshank in the Netherlands, video

This is a video of a greenshank, looking for food in Prunjepolder nature reserve in Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

Konik foal adopted by its grandmother

This video says about itself:

Konik horses at the river Maas in Maaseik, Belgium.

23 July 2013

The Konik was originally a wild or semi-wild horse held in Poland and Belarus. It is small in size. Koń is Polish for horse. Konik (konjiek) for little horse. The Konik is a descendant of the Tarpan, the wild European horse. They are imported from Poland.

Translated from FREE Nature in the Netherlands:

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Like any young animal, konik foals are also highly dependent on their mother. This also applies to a foal that was born two weeks ago in nature reserve Oranjezon. There was some doubt whether this foal got enough milk. A few days later the foal was suddenly in another harem. Particularly remarkable, however, was that the foal was walking with a mare from this other harem as if it was his own mother, and even drank that mare’s milk!

It turned out that the foal’s foster-mother was its grandmother.

South American sea squirt in Dutch Oosterschelde estuary

This video is about the pleated sea squirt, Styela plicata.

In the spring of 2008, the sea squirt species Corella eumyota (orange-tipped sea squirt) was found for the first time in the Netherlands. That was in the harbour of Burghsluis, at the Oosterschelde estuary.

In 2014 and 2015, it was also found at another Oosterschelde spot, Westbout.

So, this originally South American species seems to be spreading, but slowly.