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

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

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Neo-Nazis assume police powers in Hungary

Green (Living) Review

Local white Hungarians offer the militia personnel of the Jobbik organization free board and lodging and the authorities, what do they do? 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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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. Afterwards, the Association had organized a lunch for participants, also the chance to collect all the photos we made and project them onto the wall. I feel that there must be some more good looking girls to attract some boys from Hungary, but I no longer dare to hope.

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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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Confronting the fascist threat in Europe and abroad

Green (Living) Review

In Greece, Golden Dawn, the European organization most openly reverent of its fascist and Nazi legacy, has gained international attention for its beatings of immigrants in broad daylight, its attacks on socialists and communists, its penetration of the Athens police force, its violently nationalist rhetoric and its growth in electoral support. 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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deliberateLIFE Magazine Issue #5 – Review

Green (Living) Review

After leaving Capitol Hill, Fay served as a Policy Advisor at Oxfam America, leading the organization''s advocacy and campaigning efforts during the 2008 drought in Ethiopia. Fay has lived and worked in Hungary, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, the United States and South Africa. Prior to her work on poverty and social justice issues, Fay ran her own business as a professional organizer, helping clients create order in their homes.

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“FUGMO”: The Anti-GMO Mascot

Wend Magazine

From Organic Consumers Association: Millions Against Monsanto. From PlanetSave: Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Maize Fields. Monsanto or Organic? 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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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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deliberateLIFE. The green and ethical magazine for the iPad generation

Green (Living) Review

After leaving Capitol Hill, Fay served as a Policy Advisor at Oxfam America, leading the organization's advocacy and campaigning efforts during the 2008 drought in Ethiopia. Fay has lived and worked in Hungary, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, the United States and South Africa. Prior to her work on poverty and social justice issues, Fay ran her own business as a professional organizer, helping clients create order in their homes.

Blind upon the right eye

Green (Living) Review

In fact, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the German Secret Service, is the successor of the Gehlen Organization, created by the American and British in post-WWII Germany against the Soviet Zone. The Gehlen Organization, which was to become the BND, was, however, not the only security apparatus of West Germany that was full of former Nazis. On the other hand it is not just Germany that suffers this affliction of the visual organs.

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Ukranian Coal Plant “Facelift” Actually Means More Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

Less familiar to American audiences is Burshtyn’s operator, DETK  and its founder Rinat Akhmetov, which have long been plagued by allegations of corruption and ties to organized crime. Burshtyn was disconnected from the national grid in 2002 to form the Burshtyn Energy Island , a separate grid that exists to export power to the EU nations of Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. Burstyn Thermal Power Plant, photo courtesy NECU. The U.S.

Democracy: the savior of the world?

Green (Living) Review

However, one has to take but one look at Hungary in 2012 to realize, and that is but one example, that democracy is not the answer at all. Far right parties have gained and are, basically, ruling the country in Hungary and are not far off in some other European Union member states. This is where democracy leads to if one is not prepared to ban – outright – fascist organizations. that is something that can be organized in a totally different way.

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Fascism in Germany did not start with Hitler and the NSDAP

Green (Living) Review

The reluctance, in fact the refusal, by the ruling classes to disallow and ban parties such as the NPD, the National-democratic Party, though don't let the democratic in the title confuse you, who are nothing but the official follow-on organization to the NSDAP, and the DVU, Deutsche Volks-Union, the German People's Union, also shows where they actually stand.

Egypt Resists Monsanto’s Genetically-Modified Maize

Green Prophet

These are seeds that are implanted with genetic material from unrelated organisms to increase pest or drought resistance (such as Monsanto’s MON810) compared to normal genetic modifications that favor naturally-occurring traits. Peru recently banned the import of all genetically modified foods for a decade (pending safety reviews) not long after Hungary burned 1,000 acres of crops contaminated by Monsanto GMOs, which are banned in that country.

The Future of Solar Design Dazzles Madrid

Green Prophet

Hungary has come a long way with their ODOO project. An interesting design that has vertical and rooftop photovoltaic panels, the home is organized around this central courtyard that has a kitchen and even a spot to take afternoon naps. Green Prophet has been touring the 18 Solar Decathlon homes that made it to Madrid for this year’s international collegiate architecture competition, and we’re dazzled by what we’ve seen.

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The brown menace is on the rise again

Green (Living) Review

After the “fall” of the Wall the German authorities banned and outlawed the Freie Deutsche Jugend (FDJ) (Free German Youth) and the wearing even of blue shirts remotely resembling the FDJ ones whether with or without the FDJ badge and also the Young Pioneers the Nazis were and are allowed to continue and even, instead of being banned and prescribed, allowed to form more and more organizations.

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VisionConsult presents "Village of the Future" for Roma Inclusion

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The event in Sofia from 21 – 22 June 2011 was organized by the European Commission. A region with strong Roma minorities is the Balkans, with countries like Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia featuring a Roma minority approaching 10% of the population or even surpassing this figure.

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Activists to target Danish Ministry of Defense to highlight fate of climate refugees

Green (Living) Review

As such, the international network, “No Borders”, is organizing an action targeting the Danish Ministry of Defense as a symbol of the military role in creating refugees and enforcing repressive border regimes. Many years ago we saw movies that showed people radar at the borders between Austria and Hungary (before the latter become a member of the EU) and those, no doubt, will now be exported to the further reaches of the EU borders.

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What If We Built Our Cities Around Places?

The Green Changemakers

Transportation agencies are teaming up with economic development organizations to bring housing, businesses, and a sense of vitality back to downtown streets. RESIDENTIAL STREETS Budapest, Hungary: Toth Arpad Setany Historical charm and great views make this cozy street one of Budapest's gems.

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