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Swarovski Skills Camp, or men and their toys

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Yesterday evening I got home from the second Swarovski Skills Camp at Lake Neusiedl in the east of Austria. I am still tired from the long drive, but it was great to play with the very best toys for birders, to be able to share experiences and to ask the factory staff all sorts of silly questions.


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Every now and then you read a book which you believe should be read by everyone on the planet. Nature’s Best Hope by American entomologist and conservationist, Doug Tallamy, is such a book. The reason why is that it preaches simple truths: 1.

Birding in Place on Poas Volcano- What can You See?

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Poas Volcano isn’t just a mountain built with magma. In common with so many other volcanoes, Poas also houses farms, people, and forests full of birds. Strawberries are grown year round, visit the area and young locals will let you know.

Zenato “Alanera” Rosso Veronese (2016)

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To paraphrase Aristotle via Aldo Leopold, one swallow does not a summer make, but zero swallows, that is fall.

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May Flowers

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Birding Gonggangling and Dujiangyan, Sichuan, China

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Ronald Reagan once said that “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.” ” When starting a birding tour, which words by your tour guide can have a similarly terrifying effect?

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The return of the Oriental Plover

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Each year around the end of August we eagerly await the return of the Oriental Plovers. We usually have our first encounter with them in the last week of August and if it is hot and dry they are often found on the beach.

Birding with a Botanist

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I am guessing that no birder practices this passion exclusively for the birds. If you are like me, and I suspect you are, it’s also for the butterflies, beetles, lizards, and plants. In my case, it is especially for the plants.