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. Destinations Europe Hungary SwarovskiI’m baaack!

Hungary has fallen!

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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.

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.

Neo-Nazis assume police powers in Hungary

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They have told the local Roma population in no uncertain terms that they'd better pack up and leave Hungary if they wish to live.

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. Anyway, Hungary! Destinations Europe Hungary Swarovski

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

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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

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.

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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.

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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. Birds Baby Bird Week baby birds Hungary warblers

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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.

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From my Immigrant’s Heart to Yours: 5 Things I want You to Know.

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When I first left Hungary I was 18. Arts & Culture Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Family, Youth, Enlightened Education communism cultural shock Hungary immigrant immigration making friends moving to a different countryI did it simply because I could, there was no more iron curtain.

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Birding Sarokház Panzió – An Airport Hotel in Budapest

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young Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe … 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. 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. Mammals hedgehogs Hungary Swarovski

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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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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.".

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

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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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Gypsies to be pressed into forced slave labor gangs

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Swarovski Scopes – the ATX and the STX

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… 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. It is not every day that a birder gets to play with a prototype scope made by one of the premiere optics companies in the world.

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“FUGMO”: The Anti-GMO Mascot

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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!”

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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.

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Philanthropy is a scam

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Capitalists are fooling the world with the hoax of Philanthropy Philanthropy is a scam as it allows the (super) rich to influence global affairs and gain political power with no consequences.

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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.

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Grandpa’s justice

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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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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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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.

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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 [.].

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.

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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 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. We North Americans are spoiled with nuthatches.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fascists on the ascent

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As a Rom I do not need reminding that the fascist are on the rise as we can see this day in day out in countries such as Hungary, Romani, Bulgaria, etc.,

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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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My Year in Birding 2012

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June – Hungary. In June I went to Hungary. Two-thousand-twelve was a pretty darn good year for me birding-wise and otherwise. Seeing 525 species was nice, as was the fact that I birded in four countries, nine of the fifty states in the United States, and fifty-one counties.

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deliberateLIFE. The green and ethical magazine for the iPad generation

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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 is the brainchild of Fay Johnson Fay Johnson. She is the Founder & Chief Deliberator at deliberateLIFE Magazine.