“Mega-rarity” at Maritime Hammock

On Sunday May 14, 2017 local Brevard County, Florida birder Mitchell Harris found an ABA Code 5 Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock on Hwy A1A north of Sebastian Inlet.  After a post on eBird the birders and photographers started to flock from far and wide.

JUN 22

The Caribbean Express of 2017!

The first sign that something unusual was happening was when Smooth-billed Ani reports started popping up all over the state of Florida in late fall 2016. Historically this unique member of the “cuckoo” family could be regularly found breeding all across the southern half of the Florida peninsula, but as I said that was ancient history. Two decades ago these birds moved from extremely difficult to find in Florida to near impossible over the past decade. Most years just a single reported breeding pair in the state or worse in some years in the 2010’s none were reported. A single…

Training with Florida Specialties

Last week one of my colleagues, Catlin Brewer, was in the area for work and we made a plan to spend a couple hours training on digiscoping & wildlife photographic techniques with the Leica equipment.

A Tropical Treat

“You’re going to do what?… You guys are insane!” That was my response when my buddy Brant Julius told me he and friend Jeff Fisher were planning on leaving at 10 PM Friday night and driving through the night to arrive at sunrise. It was madness… but it was also an insanely beautiful & rare bird they were going to chase.

Natur mit Leica Ferngläsern erleben

Leica unterstützt Bau der neuen Vogelbeobachtungshütte im Katinger Watt. “Mehr sehen, mehr erleben” – so lautet das Motto des NABU Naturzentrums Katinger Watt für das Naturerleben im Katinger Watt in Schleswig-Holstein, in dem mit Unterstützung der Leica Camera AG eine neue Vogelbeobachtungshütte errichtet wurde.

APR 19

Deep in Colombia’s rainforests

Do you really know what mud is? I did not know. I am a “desert man” – I have visited North Africa, the Maghreb, the Sahara and many other deserts as Sinai and the Negev many times. I truly love the desert.

Champions of the Flyway 2017

The Sempach Snowfinches (Switzerland), the Victorious Bird Nerds VBN (Netherlands) and the Cape May Bird Observatory American Dippers (USA) started for Leica at The Champions of the Flyways in Israel this year. Leica also sponsored the „Artists for Nature Foundation“.

Digiscoping experiments with Huawei Mate 9 smartphone

The new Huawei, Mate 9 smartphone features dual lenses co-engineered by Leica. One lens shoots in color and the other in stunning 20 mp monochrome. I got to briefly experiment with the Mate 9 mounted to a Leica APO Televid spotting scope at the Leica Store Los Angeles back in February and knew it had great potential for digiscoping and couldn’t wait for a more thorough field test.   In color:   Dredged in mud!       Monochrome Lens: Lesser Yellowlegs in monochrome   American Alligator hangs out with the waders!   Green Heron in the reeds!   Wood Stork…

Spend a fantastic birding-week in Sicily!

A journey that indulges in nature, history, archeology and the art of cooking – led by Italian Leica birding ambassador Andrea Corso. Take part and discover Sicily, the islands of birds, orchids and archeology.

MAR 16

Linosa Island – a paradise for Mediterranean birders

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 migrant birds and dragonflies.