Back From Birding Hungary

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And what a trip to Hungary it was! Before I get into the nitty-gritties of my awesome birding experiences in Hungary I thought I would just share a few of the shots that I got during the trip. If you ever get the chance to visit Hungary you should take it: you definitely won’t regret that choice. … My week-long trip to Hungary was a familiarity trip organized by the wonderful folks at Swarovski Optik. Destinations Europe Hungary Swarovski

Hungary has fallen!

Green (Living) Review

Democracy in Hungary is dead and Fascism rules by Michael Smith (Veshengro) As of April 2013, Hungary is no longer a democracy and if we all don''t act now, things are about to get a lot worse, and not just in Hungary, of that I am sure. If no action from the European Union is being taken now Hungary could well become become another Third Reich! Blink and you''ve missed it: Hungary is no longer a democracy. Don''t let Hungary go the way of Nazi Germany.

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Five Things I Learned While Birding in Hungary

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I do try to experience and learn as much as I can on every trip and my week in Hungary was no exception. Rather than force you to go all the way to Hungary to learn on your own the five main lessons I learned I figured sharing them here on the blog would be worthwhile. Just consider saving you having to go to Hungary to look at birds as one of the many services we here at 10,000 Birds provide. Birding Europe Hungary

By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Birding In Hungary!

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We Americans, or at least this American, know little about Hungary. But this American did know enough that when Swarovski Optik offered a spot on a week-long trip to Hungary that I couldn’t possibly say no. After a long, drawn-out negotiating session we managed to strike a deal that involved me going to Hungary for a week and left Daisy smiling wickedly. Anyway, Hungary! Destinations Europe Hungary SwarovskiYikes!

Neo-Nazis assume police powers in Hungary

Green (Living) Review

Romani settlement and inhabitants being threatened by Michael Smith (Veshengro) While Gyöngyöspata in Hungary may only be a village and a relatively small village at that the truth remains that Neo-Nazis have usurped police powers and are terrorizing the local Roma (Gypsy) population because, so the organizers of this “militia”, the Gypsies terrorize all Hungary and Hungarians.

The red line that runs through Hungary after a massive sludge spill

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Culture & Celebrity accident art eco disaster environmental disaster Europe Hungary photos pollution toxicIn western Hunguary in October 2010 a retaining wall around a reservoir filled with toxic waste from an aluminum company burst open and released hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of deadly sludge. The stinking and toxic red sludge flooded the surrounding areas, rivers, and towns killing nine people and injuring hundreds with chemical burns.

Refugee Crisis in Hungary—The Love of Strangers Fuels their Hope.

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For it is that seed the seed of love that fuels the most powerful of all fuels. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) compassion fear hope Hungarian refugees the seed of love volunteer writer's heart

Feeding a Fledgling Song Thrush

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It is a fledgling Song Thrush being attended by a parent outside of the wonderful Nomad Hotel in Hungary’s Bükk Hills. I hope she brings me more cherries and not a slimy slug. ••• My week-long trip to Hungary was a familiarity trip organized by the wonderful folks at Swarovski Optik. Birds Baby Bird Week baby birds Hungary Song Thrush thrushesDo you know what the luckiest little bird in the world is?

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Searching for a White-backed Woodpecker

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White-backed Woodpecker was one of the major target birds of the Bükk Hills portion of the trip to Hungary and though I would probably have preferred seeing what I now believe to be the mythical Black Woodpecker , the White-backed Woodpecker was a nice consolation prize. Then my iPhone started ringing, which was weird, because pretty much everyone I know knew I was in Hungary and who would be calling me at 11 PM in New York and 5 AM in Hungary?

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Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla

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Until a month ago I had never seen the Eurasian Wryneck either, but the trip to Hungary took care of that gap on the life list easily. I considered myself extremely fortunate that there was a pair apparently nesting just down the street from the Nomad Hotel in Hungary’s Bükk Hills. Many thanks to Swarovski Optik for inviting me along and letting me experience both some awesome new optics and the natural wonders of the wonderful country of Hungary. ••• a.

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Stop What You Are Doing & Look At The World Press Photo of The Year.

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Arts & Culture Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Green black and white canon Hungary photo of the year photography Serbia war Warren Richardson world pressThere's nothing pretentious here, nothing glorious. It's utterly.

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Fledgling Barred Warbler

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We, and by we I mean me and a gang of about ten other birders, found this youngster along the edge of Lake Tisza on the grounds of Tisza Balneum, a marvelous hotel where we had the good fortune to stay for two nights of the Hungary trip. Many thanks to Swarovski Optik for inviting me along and letting me experience both some awesome new optics and the natural wonders of the wonderful country of Hungary. ••• Baby Bird Week is our celebration of the young, the cute, the adorable, the twee.

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Syrian President Claims “The West Are to Blame” for the Refugee Crisis.

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Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) WAYLON: Today Only EU humanitarian crisis Hungary migrant crisis migration refugee SyrianBashar al-Assad, Syrian’s President, has announced that he believes "Europe is responsible because it supported terrorism.".

The Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus

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My week-long trip to Hungary was a familiarity trip organized by the wonderful folks at Swarovski Optik to introduce their new line of superior spotting scopes, the ATX and the STX modular telescopes , which were used to digiscope all of the images in this post. Many thanks to Swarovski Optik for inviting me along and letting me experience both some awesome new optics and the natural wonders of the wonderful country of Hungary. ……….

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Birding Sarokház Panzió – An Airport Hotel in Budapest

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Having jumped around a bit while writing up my trip to Hungary – sharing a few galleries , a trip to find an elusive woodpecker , and the most exciting news in optics since Galileo discovered Jupiter’s moons – I thought it was time to go back to the beginning of the trip and proceed chronologically. Trips Budapest Europe Hungary Swarovski

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Northern White-breasted Hedgehog Erinaceus roumanicus

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My week-long trip to Hungary was a familiarity trip organized by the wonderful folks at Swarovski Optik to introduce their new line of superior spotting scopes, the ATX and the STX modular telescopes. Many thanks to Swarovski Optik for inviting me along and letting me experience both some awesome new optics and the natural wonders of the wonderful country of Hungary. Mammals hedgehogs Hungary Swarovski

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Jobbik – First they came for the Gypsy and now they also are coming for the Jew

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Jobbik, the more-or-less legal Nazi militia and party in Hungary, an EU member state, is now aiming, after having the Romani People made their first target, also for the Jewish population of the country (and elsewhere). should have been a well-known factor and it was obvious that those people, whose aim is to create a Hungary for Hungarians and other ethnicities have no place in that scheme. fascism Jobbik Hungary European Union EU

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Thought you might enjoy this

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A webcam in Szentgotthárd, Hungary captured this curious bird looking into the camera. I stumbled onto this yesterday and wanted to share. The webcam is set to shoot only one frame in every minute, so what are the chances

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GMO-Tainted Blood Poisons Unwitting Vampires

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We could be the next France …or Hungary. Get involved with LabelGMOs.org to help get GMO labelling on the 2012 ballot in California. Success is California should portend success across the rest of the country. Cartoonist’s note: This image will soon be added to my Anti-Monsanto T-shirt store. Joe’s cartoon archive , twitter ramblings and StumbleUpon page … Related Posts. “FUGMO”: The Anti-GMO Mascot.

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Must-Visit Destinations in Central Europ

Green Prophet

Hungary. Hungary shares its borders with seven different countries, thus providing the unique opportunity to experience the fusion of these cultures. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is believed to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Set between the blue Baltic Sea and the alluring Alps is is one of Europe’s most populous regions.

Gypsies to be pressed into forced slave labor gangs

Green (Living) Review

Gypsies (and those receiving welfare) are to be pressed into forced labor gangs, supervised by police and militias By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Hungary, June 2011: According to information on the wires Gypsies are to be pressed into forced labor gangs in Hungary in the very near future. Hungary claims, at the close of its EU presidency, that the program of integration of Romani People in Hungary has gone well during this period.

Must-Visit Destinations in Central Europe

Green Prophet

Hungary. Hungary shares its borders with seven different countries, thus providing the unique opportunity to experience the fusion of these cultures. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is believed to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Set between the blue Baltic Sea and the alluring Alps is is one of Europe’s most populous regions.

Why Go to the Birdfair?

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While on my trip to Hungary I was pleased to bird with and spend time with Tim Appleton, the co-founder and co-organizer of the Birdfair, the world’s largest birding event. Having never been to Birdfair I figured I would ask him why someone would want to go. And, being the bird blogger that I am, I took video of his answer so I could share it with you. What do you think? Sounds good, right?

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New Swarovski Scopes – the ATX and the STX

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Yet, somehow, that is what I found myself doing on the grounds of Tisza Balneum, the gorgeous hotel on the shore of Lake Tisza in Hungary where Swarovski Optik had decided to unveil to a gathered group of European and American birders the scope for which we had all been waiting, even if we didn’t know we had been. … You can read another take on these scopes from another of the Hungary travelers, American Birding Association President Jeff Gordon, over at the ABA Blog.

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The Great Bustard Search is On (2)

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Yet, it takes great logistical effort to organize the census all the way from Germany to Austria, Hungary and Serbia in the same day, to count on numerous volunteers and hope for the best February weather. I feel that there must be some more good looking girls to attract some boys from Hungary, but I no longer dare to hope. I woke up at 5 am, a good two hours before the sun (and I really hate to be up before the sun). And I had a 100 mile drive ahead of me through the… raining snow?

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“Where are you from? Your English is perfect.”

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”) and Hungary. “Where are you from? Your English is perfect.” ” I’m a first generation Canadian, with lineage that traces back to England (“Top o’ the morning!”) I don’t get asked this question often, but once in awhile when the sun is out and my skin starts to darken, I’m asked where I’m from, or [.].

Eastern Imperial Breakfast

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In the same period, neighbouring Hungary had more than 60 pairs of them. Today, Serbia’s population has risen to 4 to 5 pairs, while Hungary’s went up to 130+ pairs! One brightly coloured male Common Redstart is patrolling a nearby hedge, while a pair of Common Ravens is circling the valley. Driving on a sunny May morning through meadows and vineyards takes me to the Mt. Fruska Gora national park.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2012)

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Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was the last bird he paid attention to in Hungary on Saturday morning before flying back to the United States, a European Goldfinch singing in a tree outside of his hotel. Happy belated Father’s Day to everyone who observed it this weekend. Just to keep that sweet paternal vibe going, I’m going to award double points to anyone whose best bird of the weekend was seen in the company of a dad or by a dad with his child.

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My Nemesis Birds to Be

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Black Woodpecker – This is a bird that has eluded me on two trips to Germany – both of which included exploring forests where they were supposed to be present – and a trip to a region of Hungary where they are supposed to be common. In Hungary I managed to track down White-backed Woodpecker , allegedly a much more difficult bird to see, but never spotted a Black Woodpecker. “Thus, I give up the binoculars!”

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Grandpa’s justice

Green (Living) Review

Or so it was with my grandfather, the mayor of a small village in Hungary, then a part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. By Tom Kovach Issue #65 • September/October, 2000 Having the best vegetable garden in the village might put food on the table and make some money at the market, but it also can cause some problems. My father told me Grandfather grew some of the best potatoes, cabbage, and carrots in the area. But one summer he ran into problems. Someone was stealing his produce.

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White Stork in New York

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Fortunately, she had the presence of mind to get a picture (not the one at the top of this post, which was taken in Hungary). Imagine coming home after a long day at work, pulling into your driveway, looking up on the roof, and seeing a White Stork perched there.

The Great Bustard Search is On (1)

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The Pastures of Great Bustard occupy 6770 ha of extensive steppe, bordered by meadows, pasture, arable fields and seasonally inundated depressions in the north of the country, towards the triple border with Romania and Hungary. I am preparing for the new census of one of the rarest birds of Serbia, the globally threatened Great Bustard , taking place two days from now.

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Confronting the fascist threat in Europe and abroad

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In Hungary, Marton Gyongyosi, a member of parliament for the far-right Jobbik Party, called for the government to draw up lists of Jews who pose a national security risk and for the extermination, basically, of all Gypsies. On March 15, 2013 in Hungary gave out honors to well-know anti-Semites and anti-Gypsy politicians and other “personalities”.

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Philanthropy is a scam

Green (Living) Review

We can see time and again in the case of George Soros and his “foundations” and NGOs supported by the OSI when it comes to projects for Roma in Eastern Europe (none in the West need to apply) which he uses to gain access to and political power in those countries, such as Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, etc.

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Wine 'Round the World | Wend Blog

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Canada Finland France Ghana Hungary Iraq Italy New Zealand Peru Poland Switzerland United States Related Posts Barns ‘Round the World Santa ‘Round the World Skiing ‘Round the World Rainy Days ‘Round the World Unicycles ‘Round the World Posted March 5th, 2011 by Sarah Esterman. Get the FREE Wend Digital Edition!

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The Eurasian Nuthatch

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And while I can still remember the first time I saw one in 2007, in the company of Jochen and Hendrik in a pine forest on the coast of the Baltic Sea, it took until this year’s trip to Hungary before I managed to get a decent image of one. Many thanks to Swarovski Optik for inviting me along and letting me experience both some awesome new optics and the natural wonders of the wonderful country of Hungary. ……… … Birds Eurasian Nuthatch Europe nuthatches

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The Common Cuckoo and The Evolution of Mimicry

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The answer may lie in locations, like Hungary … where rufous cuckoos are more numerous than in the UK. Photo of Common Cuckoo by Flickr user jamalhaider There is some interesting new research you will want to know about concerning Reed Warblers and Cuckoos. In the common European Cuckoo, Cuculus canorus , females come in two morphs: Gray or rufus. It is thought that the gray morph mimics a bird eating hawk.

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German visitor giving Nazi-style salute to athletes at Olympic opening

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However, personally, I am not surprised at all at this man's actions as the Brown Menace of Fascism is very much rising its ugly head again, in Germany, and in other EU member countries, such as Hungary. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) During the Opening Ceremony to the 2012 London Olympiad, when the German team was marching in, an elderly visitor could be seen making a Nazi-style salute, albeit with his left arm.

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The Fourth Record

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Still, in recent decades, the Great Black-backed Gull has become a regular migratory and wintering wanderer of neighbouring Hungary and Croatia.

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A little hedgehog story

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After Corey shared his story of his hedgehog experience in Hungary I thought you may like to see some rather adorable pictures of a young European Hedgehog in England. It appears that hedgehog numbers in the UK have dropped by 25% in the last 10 years , so every hedgehog that can be saved is extremely worthwhile. Sadly you do tend to see more roadkill hedgehogs than hedgehogs enjoying the countryside.

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deliberateLIFE Magazine Issue #5 – Review

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Fay has lived and worked in Hungary, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, the United States and South Africa. Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) deliberateLIFE Magazine is now one year old – so let''s say Happy Birthday – and issue #5 has just hit the iPad screens and others, so to speak, and this is yet another great issue. The reader will, once again, find well written articles on living more deliberately, especially in the city, and how to reduce his or her environmental footprint, and much more.

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The Danube Backwaters

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But, published in 1921 in Budapest, Hungary, it was written in Hungarian. As you know, I started to bird from a canoe, exploring the Danube backwaters in Belgrade, Serbia. Those foreland backwaters stretch all along the left/northern bank, between the river and the levee, somewhere only 450 m / 1500 ft wide, but somewhere reaching even 2100 m / 7000 ft.

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“FUGMO”: The Anti-GMO Mascot

Wend Magazine

From PlanetSave: Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Maize Fields. Writers, Bloggers, Photographers, Cartoonists, please feel free to place the FUGMO seal of disapproval on any of your anti-GMO work. Readers, you are invited to add the seal to your avatar. FUGMO says: “F U, GMOs!” ” More on why you too should say F U to GMOs: From Grist: The next generation of GMOs could be especially dangerous. From Organic Consumers Association: Millions Against Monsanto.

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