Ten years ago, a small group of intrepid fanatic birders decided that big national parks, nature reserve and woodlands were not their favourite birding destination. Instead, they love small islands and peaceful places where they can observe of migrant birds and dragonflies.
Well-equipped with binoculars, spotting scopes and eyepieces from Leica, the Swiss team will take part in the international birdwatching competition “Champions of the Flyway” in Israel on 28 March. The Leica Sempach Snowfinches’ goal? To have fun and to improve on their performance last year.
A big event is coming closer! Champions of the Flyway 2017 will take place place on Tuesday March 28th.. All birding teams are also competing to raise the most conservation funding to help stop the illegal killing of birds in Turkey. The donated money goes directly to this cause and the winning team will be crowned Guardians of the Flyway 2017. Leica Sport Optics is proud to sponsor the Victorious Bird Nerds (VBN) this year. We interviewed Gert Ottens of VBN about the upcoming event.
Mein Name ist Ross Murphy. Ich bin 62 Jahre alt, aus den USA und habe mein Leben lang in der Ölndustrie gearbeitet. Gerade deswegen bin ich Naturfreund und Birder. Ich war an vielen Stellen der Welt, von den USA bis Asien und immer hatte ich mein Birding Equipment dabei. Mein letzte große Reise führte mich nun nach Kamerun, zu der ich auch meine Frau mitnahm, mit der ich seit über 30 Jahre verheiratet bin.
A personal awareness of one’s natural surroundings can provide daily discoveries, wonder, and even stir the soul. It also make’s one keenly aware of the natural seasons. Even though the official “first day of spring” on the calendar is listed as March 20th, “spring” from a birding perspective is defined differently as it relates to a specific set of behaviors shown by the animals that surround us. Since these birds may migrate from distant points even birds within the same area may show entirely different cycles at the same time of year.
Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, AKA ‘The Biggest Twitch’, have visited far flung corners of the world in pursuit of exotic birds. However, they are still hugely passionate about the species found closer to home in Great Britain as seen here in their latest trip; a week of birdwatching in Norfolk.
Things are well and truly wintry in Britain at the moment, so the Leica Birding UK team decided to banish the blues temporarily by chatting about sunnier summer days with one of our ambassadors. Naturalist, TV presenter and wildlife guide, Iolo Williams had bad luck with the weather earlier this year, having been caught in unseasonably bleak, wet weather in spring and early summer on various islands off the Scottish coast.
Ob auf Reisen, beim Birding oder bei anderen Outdoor-Abenteuern – die Leica V-Lux ist dafür die perfekte Kamera. Zeitraubende Objektivwechsel und schwere zusätzliche Ausrüstung erübrigen sich. Mit ihrem pfeilschnellen Autofokus übertrifft die Leica V-Lux sich selbst.
We proceed slowly along the edge of a stony mountain rim. Only there, some of the target bird species of our trip to Georgia are observable: Caucasian Snowcock, Caucasian Black Grouse, Caucasian Great Rosefinch and Guldenstadt’s Redstart – the frosty grey giant of the rocks, the velvet black puffy guardian of the rhododendron patches, the blood-red jewel of the fields and the tricoloured big redtailed king of the stones.
I have been interested in dinosaurs for as long as I can remember. Inhabitants of a time so far from our own and yet a fundamental part of its history made an impression on my mind from a young age and continue to be a source of interest, wonder, and study for me today.