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Bird survey in Norway: day 5

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Today was expected to be an easy route and yes it was. It still took me just over 4 hours but they were easy. As i had already mentioned half of the 20 survey points were along a road so it was easy and more importantly, different, to what i have been doing.…
Bluethroat in spring © Iordan Hristov

Bird survey in Norway: day 4

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After the break yesterday I was eager to start with my third route. It was a familiar one from last year so i knew what to expect. As usual i started at the exact time. Just as the forecast had suggested it was a beautiful morning.…
Reindeer are raised as domestic animals © Iordan Hristov

Bird survey in Norway: day 3

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After the wet day yesterday and the rainy forecast for today i decided to get a break and relax for a day. The forecast for the day after is promising so i will bed on this strategy. Regardless of my plans i woke up fairly early is the early start has already become somewhat a schedule.…
Meadow Pipit © Iordan Hristov

Bird survey in Norway: day 2

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Wet, wet, wet! That’s what i would say for today. I was totally soaked wet. When i woke up it was only a gentle drizzle and according to the forecast it was supposed to stop. Well it did for 5 min.…
Eider Ducks © Iordan Hristov

Bird survey in Norway: arrival

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After an early start from Sofia at 4am to get the flight and three flights i finally made it Tromso. The last flight was very picturesque. Spectacular views were revealing ever so often. The temperature at Tromso was about 14 degrees which is much better than last year’s 5 degrees.…

Breeding bird survey in Norway: new beginning

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For a second year in a row I will be hired by BirdLife Norway and the Norwegian Scientific institute (NINA) to conduct a breeding bird survey in the Arctic. This time I shall aim to conduct the survey along 15 routes in opposed to 11 routes that I did last year.…
Bee-eater © Iordan Hristov

BirdID weekend

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Just returned from a fantastic birdid weekend trip to South-West Bulgaria. Together with 8 students in bird id training that I conduct we visited the surroundings of Kerkini lake, Belasitsa mountain and Rupite.…
Levant Sparrowhawk © Iordan Hristov

Birdwatching trip in Bulgaria: sum up

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Another successful trip around Bulgaria just ended. We did a total of 1800 km around the whole diversity of habitats in the country. These include broad-leafed and conifer forests, marshes, lagoons, steppe, riverine forests and cliffs.…

New birdwatching trip around Bulgaria starts today

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Just started a new birdwatching trip around Bulgaria with a group of 11 British birdwatchers. The group members have a variety of expectations and keen to see local specialities. They arrived in Sofia in the late morning and we departed to our first birding stop.…

BirdID course in Bulgaria 2015: the end

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Well, the time for the end has come.It was the last day of our trip which we used for a transfer from our last destination to Sofia. En route we stopped to stretch our legs and added Yellowhammer to the list.…