Rwanda Dreaming

10,000 Birds

My mind now wanders off to one of those, to Rwanda – one of the smallest African countries, about the size of Massachusetts or Slovenia (for those familiar with Neotropical birding, it is half the size of Costa Rica), but with 701 bird species. The beginning of the northern summer is a good time (as any) to dream of some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. No, I am not talking of Brazil or Columbia, they are not just in the tropics but more importantly, they are officially huge.

Birding Sarajevo or the sentimental journey home

10,000 Birds

Having said that, my sentimental journey started without a plan, more by accident, on an AGM of BirdLife Slovenia in Ljubljana in 2005. Gonna take a sentimental journey. Gonna set my heart at ease …. Gotta take that sentimental journey. Sentimental journey home. Sentimental Journey – Ella Fitzgerald (1947).

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There’s a bear! There’s a bear!

10,000 Birds

And I am inside the southern tip of the western Balkan Dinara-Pindos population range, stretching from Slovenia in the north to Greece in the south, with 2,500 bears. In the most of Europe, Brown Bear is a mythical creature that lives only in mediaeval tapestries and folk tales. It has become extinct, one may say, but such formulation hides the gruesome fact: it has been exterminated. By us.

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