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Finding Birds in Northern Greece by Dave Gosney

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Dave Gosney’s Finding Birds Series covers mostly the Western Palearctic and describes birding in various regions of Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, etc., Here is an example from Bulgaria guide: [link]. with some additions, namely South Texas, The Gambia, and Goa (India).

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Fur and Fangs rather than Feathers and Beaks

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A Red Fox in Georgia, not looking very red I’ve never been to Svalbard, so I haven’t ticked off polar bear, but I have seen brown bears on a number of occasions in both Romania and Bulgaria. I’ve also sat for hours in unabated hides in Bulgaria where it’s a matter of luck whether you see a bear or not.

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Kerkini: Europe’s Best Bird Lake?

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It’s a reservoir, not a natural lake, and was formed by damming the Striminos river, which flows into Greece from neighboring Bulgaria (unfortunately bringing with it huge amounts of plastic rubbish, creating problems for the National Park.)

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Just had my lifer Cinereous Vulture this morning

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A Bulgarian conservationist Emilian Stoynov told me that this vulture hatched in 2021 in Spain and, rehabilitated, was transferred to neighbouring Bulgaria, acclimatised and released in Vrachanski Balkan Nature Park in 2022. It is soaring higher, ever higher, until it is gone, nowhere to be spotted (likely, glided away).

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Finding Shelter

4 The Love Of Animals

Finding Shelter is an amazing documentary about an English family who found themselves unexpectedly rescuing street animals in Bulgaria. The film shares how the family has shared love and compassion for the homeless animals in their town.

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Planning and executing birding plans in the times of corona-virus

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First, 800 km of driving from Belgrade through Bulgaria to very NE corner of Greece and the Dadia Forest National Park with its 36 species of diurnal raptors, out of Europe’s 38. Like many of you, I had plans for this year’s spring migration: to bird the very best tour of the Balkans, heading for northeastern Greece.

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The World’s Most Beautiful Goose?

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It’s always worth checking winter flocks of geese for vagrant Red-breasts: these are Russian White-fronts and Barnacle Geese on the Suffolk coast I was well aware of this, as I’ve watched flocks of Red-breasts in Bulgaria, a regular wintering ground for these geese. The photograph below was digiscoped in Bulgaria in February 2007.

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