OCT 16

“I could see the Irish coast!”

A week’s guiding with Nature Scotland on the wonderful Scottish island of Islay meant that it was time, once again, to put my Leica Noctivid 10×42 binoculars and my Apo Televid spotting scope to the test.

OCT 07

Snail Kite fiesta

It had been a full week since Hurricane Irma slid up the gulf coast of Florida, reeking “Irmageddon” on the peninsula. Honestly though, we’d been lucky in my area. Cuba and other Caribbean Islands, the Florida Keys and even Naples had taken much harder hits, and the damage in my area was comparatively insignificant.

SEP 22

Nearly on the verge of extinction: European Lanner close to its end

The Slender-billed Curlew is nowadays considered extinct, with no birds officially observed in the last nearly 20 years or so worldwide (Corso, et al. 2014; Kirwan, et al.2015), while the Bald Ibis seems to be recovering with a rather small but increasing wild breeding population in Morocco (though the other wild very small one from Syria is gone forever) and some reintroduction projects elsewhere around Europe or “feral” populations (Spain, Austrian and Italian Alps, Turkey).

SEP 19

A Conversation with Richard Crossley

Richard Crossley was born in Yorkshire, UK and found his way to Cape May, NJ as a young man. His love for birds and the fabled migration at Cape May were such a perfect match, that he has spent all of his adult life living here ever since. Richard is the author of the unique Crossley ID Guides and co-author of the wonderful “The Shorebird Guide” with fellow Cape May residents, Michael O’Brien & Kevin Karlson. In March 2017, Richard joined the Leica / Cape May Bird Observatory “American Dippers” team in the Champions of the Flyway bird race in Israel. Recently we had a…

SEP 07

Borneo – When The Birding Gets Tough You Need Leica’s

We have recently returned from a Birdwatching (and mammal watching) Trip on the island of Borneo. This huge tropical island lies south of Malaysia, the area we visited belongs to Malaysia. Stepping off the air-conditioned plane we were smacked in the face by hot humid air, very hot and very humid. A short drive from the airport we arrived at a quayside and boarded a fast speedboat that whisked us across a huge shallow bay. Just over an hour later we arrived at Kinabatangan Wetlands Resort where we were to stay two nights.

JUL 13

Exploring the Mangroves by Kayak

  In the summer months I’m finally home long enough that I can turn to one of the things that drew me to southwest Florida in the first place. The amazing mangrove lined edges and serpentine waterways that surround Charlotte Harbor. This unique habitat is a variable labyrinth of narrow winding streams cutting through the dense stands of mangroves that are often only navigable by a small kayak or canoe. The maneuverability of these crafts allow you to wind through the narrowest of passages to find larger shallow bays hidden by the mangroves. It’s great fun winding through these trails, silently gliding along the tangled roots…

JUL 11

A trip to Speyside

TV presenter Iolo Williams has been a Leica brand ambassador since 2015. Here, the Welsh birder recounts a trip to northeast Scotland.

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.

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.

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.