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Run for Birds at the British Birdfair

Thumbnail image for Run for Birds at the British Birdfair by Gunnar 6 August 2014

You don’t want to miss running and see birds with this view! At 7 AM on August 16 we are arranging a run on the Hambleton peninsula at Rutland Waters Nature Reserve. There is nothing strange about a run here. The local runners from Rutland Running & Triathlon Club, Leicestershire and Rutland Sports and Melton [...]

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Sony DEV-50V digital binoculars with HD video

Thumbnail image for Sony DEV-50V digital binoculars with HD video by Gunnar 20 July 2014

Water resistant 20 megapixel camera and HD Video in a 12x optical zoom binocular! This sounds simply amazing. Check these specs. Sony OLED Electronic View Finder – the highest resolution for a reasonable price. Not as good as your Zeiss, Leica or Swarovski of course, but perhaps good enough? Built in GPS 0.8-12x optical zoom [...]

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FINAL: World Birding Destination Cup 2013

Thumbnail image for FINAL: World Birding Destination Cup 2013 by Gunnar 1 January 2014

Rounding up 2013. One New Years resolution is to blog more. Let’s see if we can kick some life into this great blog. In order not to leave any loose threads, here is the Gran Finale of the somewhat impossible challange to choose what destination (usually a country) is the best in the world  for [...]

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Falcon Finale murder mystery for free

Thumbnail image for Falcon Finale murder mystery for free by Gunnar 9 August 2013

Bob White solves a birder murder mystery. This looks almost to good to be true to lovers of detective stories and birdwatching. A free murder mystery with birders as main characters. Having just finished a Swedish crime novel The Nightmare by Lars Kepler (the best successor to Stig Larsson according to many), I checked my [...]

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Semi-finals World Bird Destination Cup 2013

Thumbnail image for Semi-finals World Bird Destination Cup 2013 by Gunnar 1 April 2013

Long time. It is time to wrap up the Bird Destination World Cup for 2013.  Last round had over 100 votes in each game, which is the highest number of participants so far. I chose to have the polls open and untied to each other, because it is is more exciting to see how the [...]

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Quarter Finals in World Birding Destination Cup 2013

Thumbnail image for Quarter Finals in World Birding Destination Cup 2013 by Gunnar 13 February 2013

There are only 8 birding destinations left, as the game is getting tighter and the choices more difficult. Which destinations do you hold as the best in these four pairs. Vote now! Voting closes on Feb 19 at 8 PM EST. Please vote in all games.

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World Birding Destination Cup 2013 2nd round.

Thumbnail image for World Birding Destination Cup 2013 2nd round. by Gunnar 21 January 2013

More excitement as 16 destinations are left in the World Birding Destination Cup 2013. You may vote for your favorites. What will it be. Peru or Borneo? Ecuador or Antarctica? New Guinea or SE Brazil? Australia or Pantanal? Costa Rica or Galapagos? North Peru or Alaska? Madagascar or Colombia?
Many difficult choices, but how about the all African derby? Kenya or South Africa? Have fun!

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World Bird Cup 2013

Thumbnail image for World Bird Cup 2013 by Gunnar 1 January 2013

Facebook fun Do you remember World Bird Cup from last year? We had different birds around the world put up against each other for popularity. In the final Marvelous Spatuletail against Philippine Eagle, the eagle won a narrow win at the deadline. But votes kept on coming in after the deadline resulting in more votes for the Hummingbird. [...]

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Banded Ground-Cuckoo stake-out in Western Ecuador.

Thumbnail image for Banded Ground-Cuckoo stake-out in Western Ecuador. by Gunnar 14 October 2012

Banded Ground Cuckoo coming to hand outs right now. I am sure you have already heard about one of the most exciting stake-outs of birds this year. There is a Banded Ground-Cuckoo attending army ant swarms and coming around for hand outs at the relatively new reserve and research station Un Poco de Choco on [...]

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Facebook Interest lists for birders

Thumbnail image for Facebook Interest lists for birders by Gunnar 5 September 2012

Facebook Interest Lists are a great addition to Facebook which makes it possible to organize Facebook pages and profiles in lists. Gunnar Engblom gives some suggestions of some interest lists that birders may find to be useful resources.

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Best birding blog on the web!

Thumbnail image for Best birding blog on the web! by Gunnar 31 August 2012

BOU/Ibis mention.  We are proud to hear that BOU/Ibis  blog nominated Birdingblogs as the best multi author birding blog on the Web. Look at the tweet above. BOU is using Twitter very wisely and it is very refreshing to see an institution like BOU step up and master Social Media like they do.  Their new knowledge is [...]

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How to see the Sira Barbet

Thumbnail image for How to see the Sira Barbet by Gunnar 19 July 2012

A new Barbet have been described from Sira Mountains, Sira Barbet Capito fitzpatricki, in the Auk. Here is explained how to see it.

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Spreading The Magic of Birding.

Thumbnail image for Spreading The Magic of Birding. by Gunnar 4 June 2012

Spreading the birding gospel is necessary. A crowd of birders such on the photo is not a bad thing. Gunnar Engblom argues that there is a birder in all of us, and that festivals such as the Biggest Week of American Birding can convert the Muggles to find the magic of birding.

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World Series of Birding Movie

Thumbnail image for World Series of Birding Movie by Gunnar 12 May 2012

I have arrived at Cape May after a lovely week at the Biggest Week of American Birding.  Many lifers, both birds and birders. Lifers were Greg Miller, Kenn and Kim Kaufman, Dawn Fine, Linda Rockwell, Doug Gochfield, Birdchick, Mark Beaman, Adrian Binns, Mike Watson, Lena Samsonaenko, Nemesis birders, etc.  Also several year ticks such as Jeff [...]

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Biggest Week alerts to your cellphone

Thumbnail image for Biggest Week alerts to your cellphone by Gunnar 7 May 2012

There is a new service called If This Than That which basically creates RSS feeds for different internet services and which works like a charm for Twitter hashtag alerts sent as SMS to your cell phone. Learn how to use it!

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Sh*t birders say – for non birders

Thumbnail image for Sh*t birders say – for non birders by Gunnar 7 April 2012

Viral birding . There have been pretty amazing few days lately checking out how Jason Kessler’s short 3 min video about birding talk has gotten 40,000 views as I write this (10 days later).  I think the video could reach a far larger audience, so I have asked people if they would pass this on [...]

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Sh*t Birders Say!

Thumbnail image for Sh*t Birders Say! by Gunnar 26 March 2012

This is too funny – if you are a birder! This is just too funny by Jason Kessler of Opposable Chums fame. This is a great video of the strange and somewhat contradictory talk of birders. You shall recognize this if you are a birder – or if you know a birder just a little [...]

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Pittas: The Jewel Hunter.

Thumbnail image for Pittas: The Jewel Hunter. by Gunnar 3 February 2012

Book review: The Jewel Hunter. Birdingblogs is doing far too few book reviews.  But then again, others make great reviews, so to keep our readers updated, another strategy could be to share exceptional reviews from others. I really like Donna Lynn Schulman’s review on 10000birds of  The Jewel Hunter (affilliate link) by Chris Goodie. Chris [...]

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Ivory-billed Woodpecker is extinct.

Thumbnail image for Ivory-billed Woodpecker is extinct. by Gunnar 2 February 2012

Ivory-billed Woodpecker is extinct, say two teams of researchers Here is a very interesting article in Field of View, Birdwatching’s blog, about two recent publications regarding the continued exististance of Ivory-billed Woodpecker.  The two parties came to the same conclusion: Ivory-billed Woodpecker is extinct. Here are some excerpts from the article. The first team, led [...]

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The Bird World Cup Winner

Thumbnail image for The Bird World Cup Winner by Gunnar 29 January 2012

The winner is…. It is usually straight forward to pick a winner in a voting game. The participant that gets most votes wins. This is a little more complex. Presenting the results from the final of this contest which has been running since the beginning of December 2011 is long overdue. Things got a bit [...]

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