NOV
2016
10

One big birding fiesta

This summer I decided that I wanted to see more seabirds in life. 
Despite having the new Noctivids already in my possession since the official launch at the British Birdfair, lack of time made sure the bins hadn’t left the bag.

A Quest for Bicknell’s Thrush Leads to Thoughts of Conservation

Spring is one of the best times of the year to be in the beautiful, birdy, nature-rich state of Maine. The frigid, snowy weather and very short daylight periods move along giving way for long days of warm sun, vibrant green leaves, wildflowers rich with purples, whites, yellows, and more. The illustrious “eastern warblers” are welcomed by all, and many species, like the Bicknell’s Thrush, return to their specialized breeding habitats. Many migrants travel thousands of miles to breed in the diverse habitats that Maine provides, from the boreal forests of the north, to the numerous miles of coastline and…

OCT
2016
31

The Queens of the Skies

You could easily miss the dusty little village of Khichan, situated close to the Pakistan border with India in the state of Rajasthan, its appearance much like the previous hundred or so we had passed through on our fourteen-hour drive from Delhi, were it not for the cacophony of noise.

Reflections from ABA Camp Colorado

  This summer, I was granted the opportunity to attend ABA Camp Colorado, and I can’t begin to illustrate what an enriching experience this privilege truly was. Over the course of six days, I was able to explore an incredible diversity of habitats in the state of Colorado. The experienced Camp Colorado staff took us to some of the most iconic ecosystems of the North American continent and with their expertise and guidance we observed a rich array of wild bird species, and learned about the complexities of each species’ significance to the health of the area. However, the knowledge…

OCT
2016
24

Wildlife Photographer Award for Luke Massey

A massive congratulations to Leica Optics Ambassador, Luke Massey, who has been announced as a winner in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.



OCT
2016
17

Birding in the land of the midnight sun – part two: Norway

Previously, we heard how Alan and Ruth enjoyed endless days of birding and some amazing birds in Finland earlier this year. In the second instalment of their midnight sun diary, we hear how they fared in Norway. Their accounts of fabulous birds in the northern summer makes cheering reading to banish the gloom of dark autumn evenings.

OCT
2016
05

Birding in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Part one: Finland As the nights get longer across Europe, we look back to some almost endless summer days in the land of the midnight sun with birding guides Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, famed for their world record breaking ‘Biggest Twitch’ world tour. As their diary shows, more daylight hours certainly allows for more bird sightings!

SEP
2016
22

Desert Island binoculars

Members of the public, journalists and audiences in general like asking me questions. First they want to know what my favourite bird is (swallow). Then they want to know my favourite colour (purple – a homage to Prince). Then my “Desert Island Disc” (more Prince please!). Finally, they ask if I could have one object on the island what would it be? An iPod?, Tablet?, Cell Phone? No, no, no. It would, of course, be my Leica binoculars.

The Tyrrhenian Flycatcher

Birders, and most people in general, often think that to find and enjoy a nice bird species or an interesting animal, we need to move far from our cities, or even far from our home countries.

SEP
2016
05

Iolo Williams in Shetland

Naturalist, TV presenter, writer and wildlife guide Iolo Williams has spent a lot of time on islands this spring and summer. After spending a fabulous – if cold – three weeks on the Farne Islands off the east coast of northern England for BBC Springwatch, he headed further north in early summer to lead a party of 10 avid wildlife watchers on the Shetlands.