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…


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.


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!


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.


Magic over the Negev (part 1)

A young Steppe Eagle in warm brown tones scans the horizon from side to side before launching skyward. Leaving its nocturnal roost as early morning light floods the valley, it slowly flaps and glides northward along the western shore of the Gulf of Aqaba. The lone bird reaches the windswept ridges here and rises quickly entering the river of birds already aloft. Such is the nature of a spring day in this part of the world. Black Kites with long, thin wings are able to take advantage of even the slightest stir of air. So as usual, they have led…


Iolo Williams and the white binoculars

It’s been a busy year for Leica Birding ambassador, wildlife TV presenter Iolo Williams. We caught up with him recently to find out how filming the BBC’s ever-popular Springwatch had gone this year.


The birdlife of Darwin and Kakadu

Led by British wildlife presenter David Lindo, AKA The Urban Birder, a camera crew recently spent ten days in the Northern Territories of Australia shooting two mini films on the bird life. Guided by birding extraordinaire Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists we were in bimbo heaven as soon as we stepped off of the plane in Darwin. In birding lingo, (as most of you already know) a bird that you have never seen before is called a ‘lifer’, but with half the camera team from Spain we quickly adopted their term for a ‘lifer’ – a ‘bimbo’. And as…

Living Unicorn

Birds have wings and many migrate great distances, so there is always a chance that a “rare bird” could show up far away from where it normally occurs, just like the Curlew Sandpipers that the US-based Leica Birding Team ran into at multiple birding events this spring (Biggest Week in American Birding, Ohio & Cape May Bird Observatory Spring Weekend). Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) is a small shorebird / wader species that winters primarily in Africa and breeds on the arctic tundra of Siberia. With their incredibly long wings, they are strong flyers and occur as vagrants in North America…