December 25th, 2019

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Birds in Florida: Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier as seen last week in Ponte Vedra, FL.

Also known as marsh hawks, harriers are birds of prey. They fly low close to the ground hunting small animals by surprise.

Some saw them attacking dogs and cats in the backyards. Unless I lose 150 pound or so, I guess I should be OK facing this raptor.

Still, I am feeling a bit uncomfortable when the harrier glances with a mesmerizing look at me and my camera. Be safe and stay away from predators!


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Unforgettable moments: Stefan Topurov in Moscow (1983)

History in Color:

October 24, 1983, Moscow, Russia – 19-year old featherweight Stefan Topurov of Team Bulgaria sets a new world record in clean-and-jerk (180kg) at the 1983 World Championships and becomes the first man in the world to lift 3x bodyweights.

At the 1983 Worlds Topurov lost the gold to Yurik Sarlisyan by the bodyweight. Later on Stefan won the World title (1987), European titles (1984, 1987), became Olympic vice-champion (1988) and earned many other weightlifting medals and awards.

However, at the historic moment on the cover photo, Stefan Topurov is a founder of the new weightlifting merit club – 3x Bodyweight Lifting Club!