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Archive for May, 2008

Sandra Bartocha & Claudia Müller - Italian Orchids

Saturday, May 31st, 2008 Posted in Southern Europe, Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

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25.04.2008 Fully prepared we started our trip to the secret Mecca of European orchid lovers – the Gargano peninsula in the south of Italy. With 69 species of orchids it is said to be the place with the greatest concentration of ...

Markus Varesvuo - Hungarian Puszta 07

Thursday, May 29th, 2008 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Back in the office, reflecting back on the two-week trip, clearing the office backlog, looking through the material from Hungary, it is easy to say that Bence has made birding in Pusztaszer very interesting, exciting and satisfying. There are not ...

Which wildlife is not coming back?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

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OK, all European wildlife is not coming back. Things are definitely not THAT good. A number of species are disappearing. And that is really bad news. For all of us. Whereas wildlife in earlier centuries disappeared because of persecution, over-hunting, collecting and poisioning by ...

Markus Varesvuo - Hungarian Puszta 06

Saturday, May 24th, 2008 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

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Last morning found me greeting the sunshine in a Roller hide at 4.30. Thanks to Marc Guyt for nice company! I had placed an order for a snake shot. The Roller would catch a snake, bring it to the roof of ...

The Wildlife Is Coming Back!

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Considering all bad news we receive on a daily basis nowadays, how about some good news from nature, for a change? Wildlife in Europe is coming back! Yes you read right. Definitely not all species and not everywhere. But in general, wildlife is coming ...

Markus Varesvuo - Hungarian Puszta 05

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

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I spent one more night in a shore hide, hidden inside a reef barrier, facing a small man-made pond where Bence had hauled almost 100 kg of fish to attract egrets. But before the egrets, we got the ever quick ...

Markus Varesvuo, Hungarian Puszta 04

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

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After arriving back from Hortobágy this morning, I went into a birds’ drinking place at around one in the afternoon. The birds were jittery and few for the first hour, then the light went out, and thunder started, with hailstorm ...

Markus Varesvuo, Hungarian Puszta 03

Monday, May 19th, 2008 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

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I spent two full days in the Hortobágy Nemzeti (National) Park, in a superb Red-footed Falcon hide, up four metres at eye level with the falcons who were nesting in boxes opposite the hide on one side, and a very ...

Markus Varesvuo, Hungarian Puszta 02

Saturday, May 17th, 2008 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Just back from the shore hide loaded with Egrets, Spoonbills, Gulls, in their fish eating frenzy. Now to the Hortobágy National Park for a two-day Red-falcon project. See you again after Hortobágy.

Markus Varesvuo, Hungarian Puszta 01

Friday, May 16th, 2008 Posted in Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

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With one week behind and one to go in the Hungarian Puszta, I can only say, again, that it is not easy. Up at four this morning to catch sunrise with the Egrets at the Lake Csaj, midday and early ...