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How many Longeared Owls fit in a tree?

Thumbnail image for How many Longeared Owls fit in a tree? by DaleForbes 3 June 2012

At least 200. With space for a Short-eared Owl. Well, at least if you are in the little Hungarian town of Hortobagy in Winter. We were in the steppes of Hortobagy earlier this year and our guide – Balazs Szigeti – couldn’t wait to get us in to the quaint village of Hortobagy to show [...]

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Digiscoping Flying Buzzards

Thumbnail image for Digiscoping Flying Buzzards by DaleForbes 27 May 2012

Digiscoping flying birds is not exactly the easiest of things, but it has an appeal for a good deal of digiscopers. Having spent time trying to take digiscoped photos of birds in the heat of the day at massive distances, most people slowly come to the realisation that one has to get really close to [...]

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Snowfinch: THE bird of the Alps

Thumbnail image for Snowfinch: THE bird of the Alps by DaleForbes 29 April 2012

The White-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis) has got to be just about the most mountain-y bird found in the Alps – occurring exclusively above 1800m above sea level. Where trees stop, the Snowfinch stops. In fact I have only once seen a Snowfinch near a tree and that was in the depth of winter when three [...]

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Could Lytro Camera Revolutionise Digiscoping?

Thumbnail image for Could Lytro Camera Revolutionise Digiscoping? by DaleForbes 15 April 2012

The new Lytro Light Field Camera has just started to ship, and for those of you who have not heard of it yet, it uses a completely new technology and approach to image capture to create something of a living image. No, nothing from or for the Daily Prophet, but a clickable image that will [...]

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Yoav Perlman joins BirdingBlogs.com

Thumbnail image for Yoav Perlman joins BirdingBlogs.com by DaleForbes 1 March 2012

Yoav Perlman of the nubijar blog fame and fantastic Israeli birder and hobby photographer will be joining BirdingBlogs.com. Having followed Yoav’s blog for the past few year, I am really excited to see and read what he shares on BirdingBlogs.com because he is bound to be a fantastic compliment to the team. Before Yoav starts [...]

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Beautiful winter birding in Bükk Hills, Hungary

Thumbnail image for Beautiful winter birding in Bükk Hills, Hungary by DaleForbes 26 February 2012

Last weekend I got to spend a wonderful day out in the Bükk Hills National Park (Bükki Nemzeti Park) in eastern Hungary. Snowfall overnight had coated the entire area in fluffy white powder, and the clouds had parted to make for absolutely stunning light and beautiful dappled colours pouring through the woodland. and later in [...]

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Bird and wildlife videos

Thumbnail image for Bird and wildlife videos by DaleForbes 5 February 2012

Sometimes when I have the time, I wander about on Youtube seeing what is out there; what people are seeing, what they are experiencing in our beautiful world, and what moves them. Instead of saying too much today, I thought I would just share a few videos that I have come across that made my [...]

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Learning North American Birds (in Europe)

Thumbnail image for Learning North American Birds (in Europe) by DaleForbes 29 January 2012

You know those people who look at something once and the info is glued in to their brain, seemingly permanently? I am not one of those people. I forget stuff as soon as I do not use/practice it. I love languages and birding, but neither of them are like riding a bicycle (at least not [...]

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Book Review: Top Birding Sites of Europe by Dominic Couzens

Thumbnail image for Book Review: Top Birding Sites of Europe by Dominic Couzens by DaleForbes 15 January 2012

I love books and I really like to travel, so I started looking in to some of the offerings on the book market with collections of places which I should consider putting on my birding/visiting bucket list. Now, given that this particular list is already rather long, and my knowledge of Europe is rather modest, [...]

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The Best of Birdingblogs.com in 2011

Thumbnail image for The Best of Birdingblogs.com in 2011 by DaleForbes 7 January 2012

Looking back at 2011, there were tons of great bird-related blog posts that touched us, motivated us to be better birders/people, and made us laugh (or cry); so I thought I would look back through the birdingblogs.com archives and dredge out some of the posts that really stood out to me this year.   Are [...]

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Hey, I’ve also been to Laem Pak Bia!

Thumbnail image for Hey, I’ve also been to Laem Pak Bia! by DaleForbes 17 December 2011

Alex Vargas – our Costa Rican birder/photographer/birdingblogs blogger living in Thailand – is currently running a 3 part blog series on Laem Pak Bia; a wonderful birding area just south-west of Bangkok. It all happened this last August when Alex graciously offered to take my wife and I out to Kaeng Krachan National Park (an [...]

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Snow Bunting

Thumbnail image for Snow Bunting by DaleForbes 11 December 2011

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) is one of those birds that just get me salivating but, unfortunately (or maybe as a consequence of) it is a rarity in Austria and I had only seen it once, just down the road from work last year where a local birder and friend (Paul) found one in a mixed [...]

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out birding, not blogging

Thumbnail image for out birding, not blogging by DaleForbes 27 November 2011

lunch time in the glass house restaurant with a great view over Bodensee / Lake Constance, the lake wedged between Austria, Switzerland and Germany. A couple thousand coots, Tufted Duck and Pochard paddle about outside, entertained by the odd Red-crested Pochard, Teal, Gadwell and others. Whooper Swans are always great too and world on the [...]

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Interview with the Digiscoper of the Year 2011: Tara Tanaka

Thumbnail image for Interview with the Digiscoper of the Year 2011: Tara Tanaka by DaleForbes 20 November 2011

The results for the Swarovski Digiscoper of the Year 2011 competition have just been announced: http://digiscoperoftheyear.com/ This year’s winner is Tara Tanaka of Florida, USA. Although Tara has had some great entries in Digiscoper of the Year in the past, her entries this year really stood out; turning the heads of both the judges and [...]

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Sunrise digiscoping

Thumbnail image for Sunrise digiscoping by DaleForbes 13 November 2011

One of the things I love about digiscoping is playing with it – trying out different things. Sure I take my fair share of side-on profile singing bird portraits, but I also like to see what else is possible. In September, I spent a weekend in Falsterbo (southwestern Sweden) at the Falsterbo Bird Show, soaking [...]

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Vultures, antelopes and other crash landings

Thumbnail image for Vultures, antelopes and other crash landings by DaleForbes 6 November 2011

The other day, a video of a paraglider getting entangled and crash landing with a Himalayan Griffon Vulture was pretty much everywhere in the news. A Russian paraglider was evidently enjoying the high thermals and in the (Russian) video text, they explain how the Himalayan Griffons (aka “Eagles”) are common in the area and the [...]

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Am I failing miserably as a Birder?

Thumbnail image for Am I failing miserably as a Birder? by DaleForbes 30 October 2011

Birdchaser Rob Fergus has just updated his thought-provoking Bird RDA and come up with the idea of a 20 Bird Minimum Daily Requirement. As Rob describes it, the new concept “more clearly states the purpose of the distinction–that birders need to see a minimum number of species each day in order to stay sharp.” When [...]

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The Greatest Wild Goose Festival?

Thumbnail image for The Greatest Wild Goose Festival? by DaleForbes 23 October 2011

Quite possibly the coolest wild goose festival in the universe takes place every winter around a lake in western Hungary and the quaint town of Tata. It is also the only one I know of, but that is besides the point. The XI Tata Wild Goose Festival (Tatai Vadlúd Sokadalom) will take place on 25-27 [...]

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Great garden birding

Thumbnail image for Great garden birding by DaleForbes 16 October 2011

As a birder we pretty much always have our eyes peeled for birds. It is in us. And we cannot escape it. In the parking lot of the local grocery store, from my office window, and even while watching TV (heard a Willow Warbler in CSI Miami a few days ago). And besides when we [...]

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Vote now for the Digiscoper of the Year 2011

Thumbnail image for Vote now for the Digiscoper of the Year 2011 by DaleForbes 9 October 2011

Public voting for the Digiscoper of the Year 2011 is now open – all you need to do is go to the Digiscoper of the Year website, login, and then select your Top 10 favorite photos. Every year I am stunned by the quality of images that are entered in to the competition and this [...]

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