About

Full name: György Szimuly

Current location: Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Nationality: Hungarian

Interests: Birding, Bird Photography, Bird Conservation, Shorebird Research, Bird Monitoring, Listing, Birding Travel & Twitching, Blogging, Social Media, Wines & Champagnes, Formula One, Tennis, Gastronomy, Gadgets

Bird Life List: 2,174

Latest Seen Lifer: Buff-bellied Pipit, United Kingdom (December 2012)

Latest Lifer (armchair): Pale-blue Monarch (Hypothymis puella(accepted split/IOC Version 3.5 (Sept 30,2013)

Latest Shorebird Lifer: Short-billed Dowitcher, United Kingdom (2012)

Member of: International Wader Study Group (IWSG), British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) & Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Száz Völgy Nature Conservation Society (Hungary)

Preferred Birding Optics: Zeiss Victory HT 10×42 binoculars, Swarovski ATX 30-70×95 Modular Scope

Preferred Birding Gadgets: iPhone 5s, iPad Air 64GB

Lifeline:

1966 – Being born,

1980 – Starting birdwatching and writing notes on observations of local patches along the River Danube and other sites in and around Nyergesújfalu, Hungary,

1982 – Got my first European field guide by Peterson,

1989 – Moving next to the Old Lake of Tata, a bird habitat of international importance for waterbirds,

1989 – Being asked to lead the Bird Monitoring Centre of BirdLife Hungary/MME,

1990 – Playing a key role setting up the local group of BirdLife Hungary,

1991 – Playing a key role to set a local bird ringing camp to attract young birders and like-mindeds,

1991 – Co-establishing and leading the Hungarian Wader Working Group,

1998 – Organizing the Annual Conference of the International Wader Study Group in Keszthely, Hungary

2000 – First international birding trip to Turkey and Georgia,

2001 – First birding trip to Finland and north Norway,

2001 – Being married for the 2nd time on the European Birdwatching Day,

2003 – First Asian birding trip to Thailand,

2004 – First birding trip to South Africa and Lesotho,

2004 – Buying my first digital photography gear and starting bird photography,

2005 – First neotropical birding trip to Mexico,

2005 – First South American birding trip to Chile and south Argentina,

2006 – First birding trip to Cuba,

2006 – First Indonesian birding trip to west Java, Sulawesi and Halmahera,

2008 – Launching a publication project on the world’s shorebirds,

2009 – Co-founding of a local nature conservation society in Hungary mainly for birds,

2010 – Being invited and participated the 1st Global Bird Watchers’ Conference to India,

2012 – Moving to the United Kingdom,

2013 – The year with the least birding activity since 1980.

Explanation: The naming ‘SzimiStyle’ came from my friend Mike Wattson (BirdQuest) from the times when I drove my car rather dynamically (he said mad). 😀 As my friends use my nickname, Szimi, Mike started to call me SzimiStyle, linking to my style of driving. Name SzimiStyle and dynamic driving remained, mad driving gone. 😉

4 thoughts on “About

  1. I recommend ‘Butterflies of Britain & Ireland’ by Michael Easterbrook.
    Though it is a bit too big to carry around with you. You can get a Butterfly iphone app now.

    • Hello Ian, It all depends what you would like to see. Is there any specific reason you want to go there (like business reasons). If not, there might be better alternatives in East Hungary. I have birded in the Kis-Balaton and that is a nice place. When do you plan to visit Hungary?

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