How to find the Ural Owl in Serbia

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The Ural Owl inhabits old and undisturbed boreal forests, in an unbroken belt from Sweden and Finland across Russia to Japan, and is rarely seen to the south, only here and there, in the Carpathians (Slovakia/Ukraine/Romania/eastern Serbia) and Dinaric Alps (Croatia/Bosnia/western Serbia).

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Going Medieval: Waterfowling the Two Towers of Serbia

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In the chill morning of late January, I am driving east of Belgrade towards the Two Towers section of the Danube and the best waterfowling bonanza in the whole of Serbia. The post Going Medieval: Waterfowling the Two Towers of Serbia appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Where to watch shorebirds around Belgrade, Serbia

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Where to find shorebirds around Belgrade, Serbia? So far, 33 species have been eBirded in Serbia. Let me add that the only ever ringed Critically Endangered (yet, possibly extinct) Slender-billed Curlew was ringed in northern Serbia (Carska bara Ramsar site) in the 1970s.

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The Top-5 Birding Hotspots of Serbia

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“I would certainly recommend Serbia to visiting birders. Nonetheless, I visited some excellent habitats, especially the flooded wetlands, and saw some good birds,” wrote the UK Birdwatch Magazine journalist Mike Unwin of his bird tour of northern Serbia 15 years ago.

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Serbia self-drive birding tour planning

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This October, a previously unknown name shined in the eBird alerts in Serbia: Raphael Nussbaumer. Here is how he prepared for his tour of Serbia: Guest-author : Raphael Nussbaumer. This was the feeling I had last October, when we travelled to Serbia with my wife for a week.

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Serbia – birding overview of a year in the Central Balkans

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Serbia has 317 eBirded species so far, or 89% of the 356 in the national checklist. Among travel guides, due to its extensive coverage of natural history and birding sites, recommendation goes to Laurence Mitchell’s Serbia: The Bradt Travel Guide (5th edition, 2017).

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Western Serbia, or Griffons in the raspberries

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Our destination lies further west, along the Drina River, which marks the border between Serbia and Bosnia. Due to mass wolf poisonings in the 1960s and the 1970s, Griffon Vultures in Serbia suffered a dramatic population crash. Trips Europe mountains Serbia vulture vultures

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The slaughter tourism trade in Serbia

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Twenty years ago, flocks consisting of a thousand European Turtle Doves were a common sight in Serbia in spring. As we speak, in Serbia these birds are still hunted in August and September. In all European Union countries to the north and east of Serbia (except Romania), Turtle Doves are strictly protected. And on their way south, they reach the killing fields of northern Serbia ( Newsweek on poaching in the Balkans ).

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St. Michael’s summer birding along the Danube in Serbia

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We were heading to the Djerdap (Iron Gates) Gorge National Park, stretching along the south bank of the Danube in eastern Serbia, to do the 400 km / 250 mi bird tour interconnecting possibly the very best sites around Belgrade reachable within a day.

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Therapy: Not Just For Anyone in Serbia. ~ Elana Temple

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Homepages (Gold Tabs)* Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Civil Rights, Social Good) Health & Wellness depression europe mental health Serbia social stigma therapyDon’t ask; don’t tell.

Finding birds in Deliblato Sands Reserve, part 2/3: the Labudovo okno Ramsar Wetland

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LABUDOVO OKNO Ramsar Site and an Important Bird Area represents a section of the Danube floodplain downriver from Belgrade, Serbia, and situated in the south of the Deliblato Sands Special Nature Reserve.

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Finding birds in Deliblato Sands, part 1/3: the largest sand dune system of Europe

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It has been a while since I wrote on where to watch birds (unbelievable, I know), and will now focus on the nature reserve of Deliblato Sands and the adjoining Labudovo okno Ramsar Wetland, about an hour east from Belgrade, Serbia.

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Given the Choice, Would you Squat—in Serbia?

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Now I know, for sure, how difficult it can be to take a leap of faith into unchartered territories without the aid of Google Maps to light the way. Adventure Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Belgrade creativity fear travel

The 20 best birds of Belgrade and where to find them

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Some five years ago I was involved in a project of ecotourism evaluation of the river Danube in Serbia, which included the city of Belgrade, founded at the bank of this river. Serbia Birding calendar. Birds Belgrade birdfinder city birds Danube Europe Serbia

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Flight of a Red-tailed Hawk

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The other day I watched a TV ad for a local mobile network provider showing a bright young free climber Stasha scaling a wall somewhere in the hilly heart of Serbia and immediately posting it at Instagram or wherever. A sound of a species never before recorded in the wilds of Serbia.

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The top-5 birds of 2018

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The next specialty is the Red-footed Falcon in the Deliblato Sands Nature Reserve in the east of Serbia: “Two European Rollers await us on the wires, while one Eurasian Hoopoe flies by. Birds 2018 Greece SerbiaWhat qualifies a bird to be included in the top-5?

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The European Christmas Bird Count

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The other day I counted my favourite section of the Danube River, the wide and shallow Labudovo okno Ramsar site in Serbia. The biggest count ever was less than 10 birds in the whole of Serbia. Here in Serbia, in the south of the continent, this species is a proper rarity.

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Birding Deliblato Sands: What I have seen and what I haven’t

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Turning off the asphalt, I enter the Deliblato Sands steppe, between the Danube and the Carpathian Mountains in the northeast of Serbia, where the first bird to greet me is a Northern Wheatear , followed by a Crested Lark. Birding eagles Europe falcons grasslands sands Serbia wind farms

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The 701 Long-eared Owl of Kikinda

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Have you heard of a small town in Serbia graced by the presence of its 700 communally roosting Long-eared Owls ? Trips city birds Kikinda Long-eared Owl owls Serbia Urban Birding urban habitat

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Serbia joins renewables race, to have planet's biggest solar park


With Germany and the United Kingdom making strides in wind and solar power, it’s now the turn of Serbia to do the same. Serbia to have world’s largest solar park in southeast EU nation.

I screamed: Ural Owl!

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More productive areas of the Balkans have January eBird lists from 105 to 115 species (but I combined several areas in two countries, Greece and Serbia), so I have every reason to be satisfied. Birding 2018 Greece Serbia Ural Owl year listI screamed “UralOwlUralOwlUralOwl!!!”,

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Urban birds, urban birding… is there a future?

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I am at one of my favourite local patches, the Reva Pond , on the northern outskirts – but still inside the city of Belgrade, Serbia. Birding Belgrade city birds Patch Birding Reva Lake Serbia Urban Birding Urban Birds wetlands

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Birding Balkans: A Play in Two Acts

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Iron Gates (Djerdap) national park, Serbia. This one is most likely my latest swift in Serbia ever. Trips Car birding Europe mountains SerbiaACT I. SCENE I. Small canyon among wooded hills. Morning.

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About gulls and panic

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I found my first in Serbia only last winter, but that was a result of a decision: you have to find it this winter. Birding Belgrade gulls SerbiaDo you ever feel that you do not know your birds anymore? I had that feeling today.

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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. Conservation bustard counting Europe Great Bustards Serbia

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Kamikaze Pigeons and a War to Extinction

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Serbia has a large number of pigeon fanciers and a long history of lack of law enforcement in the field of wildlife crime ( Newsweek on poaching in the Balkans ). This time it is not in Serbia, but in Zurich, Switzerland, where this particular Serbian pigeon fancier / blogger lives. Back to Serbia, three large pigeon-taking predators – Peregrine and Saker Falcons and the Northern Goshawk – have become increasingly hard to find in the last ten years. A Hooded Crow.

No two scaups are equal

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A month ago I was in the Iron Gates National Park in eastern Serbia, where one Black Woodpecker flew across the road, right in front of us (proving it is an extant taxon). Iron Gates National Park in eastern Serbia. Trips Serbia South Africa turacos waterbirds

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The Danube Backwaters

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As you know, I started to bird from a canoe, exploring the Danube backwaters in Belgrade, Serbia. Nowadays this species is declining in Serbia and the biggest number I ever saw at once was 6 and that area most likely has the highest population density – 3 pairs – anywhere in the country.

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The Six Good Birds of Christmas

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Usually only several birds overwinter in Serbia – the biggest count ever was less than 10. Birds listing Serbia snow winter2018 is about to end. Checking my annual list, I am where I usually am at this time of year: several species short of 200.

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That Time of the Year Again

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Oddly, in 1936 this mountain was declared a national park, the first in Serbia, but in 1946 it was stripped of its title and got a lower protection status, further confirmed in 2007. Birding Christmas eBird Serbia wish listsHow many species have I observed this year?

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The Great Bustard Search is On (1)

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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. Conservation bustard counting Europe Great Bustards Serbia

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The Smell of Napalm in the Morning

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Wigeons are only migrants and not a breeding species in Serbia and August is a bit too early for any longer distance duck movements. Among them are 3 to 4 breeding pairs of White-tailed Eagles, the largest density per square mile anywhere in Serbia.

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You Gotta Fight When You Think it’s the Right Thing to Do

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Yet, I was there with journalists every other day, the site was in the media almost every day and the first effect of the Save the Belgrade Amazon campaign is now visible: quite unusual for Serbia, the rules are strictly applied. Birding Conservation movies Patch Birding Serbia

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The Belgrade Amazon Campaign or the House of the Eagle

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While Serbia claims to strive towards the EU membership, it is back to the Chinese credit and Chinese environmental standards. Conservation Belgrade Beljarica IBA Important Bird Areas Serbia wetlands White-tailed Eagle

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Snowbound Birding

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Birding Car birding Europe Serbia snow winterThe entire world, it seemed, was buried under two feet of snow. I was checking weather forecasts for days looking for a window of opportunity for a field trip. Yet, even the mighty Danube was frozen solid from bank to bank.

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Here is a joint media release: WWF, Decembar 11, 2015 – This December, 3,800 Pygmy Cormorants are wintering by the river Sava in Belgrade, Serbia, representing 2 percent of the global population and 5.4 The census has been conducted by ornithologists from three NGOs, BPSSS/BirdLife Serbia, League for Ornithological Action and the World Wildlife Fund. “The Pygmy Cormorant is a strictly protected bird species in Serbia, as well as in the European Union.

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City Guide: Finding Birds in Belgrade

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I am a birder and I can claim that out of Serbia’s total of 350+ bird species, highly urbanised inner city areas of Belgrade hold almost 100 birds, while the outskirts have more than 200 species. Trips Belgrade birdfinder city birds eBird Europe Serbia

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Those magnificent places down the Danube

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Beside several well-showing Red-backed Shrikes , the highlight was one uncommon Lesser Grey Shrike (highly localized ** , with only 700 to 1000 breeding pairs in Serbia). Trips Europe Iron Gates Np mountains Serbia wetlandsCover photo: Black-headed Bunting by Mark S.

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Eastern Imperial Breakfast

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Fruska Gora is a low, forested massif – mostly oak, lime, beech, hornbeam and ash – situated in northern Serbia. In the early 20th century, Imperial Eagles used to live not only in the northern lowlands of Serbia, but also in the southern highland plateaus. But persecution, killing and poisoning in the late 20th century has led to their demise and at the beginning of the new millennium, Serbia had only two to three pairs of Imperial Eagles.

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Urban birding at its best

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The gamekeeper drives by, I wave my greetings but do not mention the jackals I am observing at the moment: this animal is not protected in Serbia and is allowed for killing year-round (one may say “hunting” instead, but I am having problems trying to spot the difference).

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My eBird Citizen Science Experiment

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Two years ago, I was counting active nests of Rooks in the flat agricultural landscape north of Belgrade, Serbia. In the northern Backa region of Serbia, in the mid-1970s there were more than 37,000 active nests of Rooks, while in 2009 there were less than 8500, indicating a loss of more than 76% over a time span of 35 years ( source ). Birds city birds crows eBird Europe Serbia

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Exploring the Kapela (Chapel) Reserve

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They are declining in Serbia and in these lowlands, they are nowadays commonly spotted only on migration, but have mostly retreated from the plains (except some steppe pastures) and in the breeding season are common in the mountains above the upper forest line.

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The Ruddy Shelduck Twitch

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Some 40 km north of Belgrade, Serbia, I am driving to the very end of an oxbow lake with the intention of looking for the Ruddy Shelducks ( Tadorna ferruginea ) that were found here the day before. Ruddy Shelducks do not normally show up in Serbia. They range from the eastern outskirts of the Balkans (while Serbia lies in the centre of it) all the way to Indochina. In a quarter of a century of my birding life, not a single wild Ruddy Shelduck has been seen in Serbia.

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