Gunnar Engblom

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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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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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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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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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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World Bird Cup – Final!!

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Surprise Semifinal It was a total surprise that Philippine Eagle would be able to resist the popular Spoon-billed Sandpiper. It could be that the Spoonie supporters were to busy celebrating Christmas and New Year, and simply did not have time to vote.  I checked the results at midnight on the 31st of December, 2011 and [...]

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Semifinals Bird World Cup

Thumbnail image for Semifinals Bird World Cup by Gunnar 25 December 2011

Semifinals in the Bird World Cup. Wilson’s bird of Paradise did not make it. It was a very close game. Instead it is Spoon-billed Sandpiper against Philippine Eagle and Marvelous Spatuletail verses Harpy Eagle. Can small and peculiar win against giants? What do you think?

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Santa explained

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Santa has no time to rest Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with due to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, providing he travels from East to West. He has to deal with 1800 household visits per second. Birdingblogs own GrrlScientist writes today in the Guardian: How does Santa [...]

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The Ultimate Bird.

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Second round of Ultimate bird of the world. Choose 8 birds from these 8 pairs. Spoon-billed Sandpiper vs Ibisbill, Marvelous Spatuletail vs Long-whiskered Owlet, Harpy Eagle vs Blue Bird of Paradise, Resplendent Quetzal vs Philippine Eagle, Shoebill vs Inca Tern, Snowy Owl vs Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise, Kakapo vs Emperor Penguin and Wandering Albatross vs Ivory Gull. Difficult huh?

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Bogota Sunangel Discovered?

Thumbnail image for Bogota Sunangel Discovered? by Gunnar 10 December 2011

This past week some exciting news from Colombia leaked. Six photos were published on Internet Birding Collection claiming to be the Bogota Sunangel. I for one, suspected that this was a leak, and downloaded the pics immediately to have as reference.  Shortly afterwards they were pulled off the page. A lot of speculation started on [...]

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The Biggest Day.

Thumbnail image for The Biggest Day. by Gunnar 9 December 2011

Tribute to Ted Parker. It is soon 30 years since legendary neotropical superbirder Ted Parker set the amazing record of 331 species in 24h at Cocha Cashu together with Scott Robinson. The year was 1982. Scott has later told me that they had around 300 species already by 11 AM, and that they from then [...]

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The best bird of the world

Thumbnail image for The best bird of the world by Gunnar 4 December 2011

Which is the one bird that every birder should aim to see before it is time to leave this life? In Huffington Post there was recently a vote for what place on Earth to see before you die. Not surprisingly, Machu Picchu in Peru was number one.  It made me wonder. If you asked the [...]

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