Hope and heartbreak for Spoonies at Slimbridge

All the political news in the UK over the past month has obscured some other rather exciting news – the spoon-billed sandpipers at WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire have laid their very first eggs!

Early morning in Tanzania

Why a pair of Leica binoculars is the most important companion on every safari – Madeleine Jansen tells us her story.


A day with the Spoon-Billed Sandpipers at Slimbridge

It was a cold and blustery November day when I joined a privileged few for a sneak preview of an ambitious operation being run at WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. A project to save one of the most threatened species in the world – the Spoon-Billed Sandpiper.

Champions of the Flyway 2016 – every bird counts!

It is perhaps the most fascinating phenomenon in the birding world, but unfortunately not without danger: bird migration. And Eilat, Israel, is one of the best places in the world to experience this spectacular phenomenon.

Champions of the Flyway – Team “Dutch Knights”

It is perhaps the most fascinating phenomenon in the birding world, but unfortunately not without dangers – bird migration. And Eilat in Israel is one of the best places in the world to experience this spectacular phenomenon. It should therefore come as no coincidence that here, again for the third time, the international bird conservation event Champions of the Flyway is organized to raise funds for the protection of migratory birds during their long journeys. On 3/29 2016, a passionate group of birders from different nationalities compete in teams for the title of Champions of the Flyway (COTF) in an…

The Urban Birding Experience in Málaga

Málaga, situated on the sun-kissed Costa del Sol in Andalucia, southern Spain would hardly seem like a venue for urban birding.   But surprisingly, it has a lot to offer. The city, which is one of the oldest in the world, is one of Spain’s major tourist spots but yet even in the heart of its heaving streets there are birds to be found. Join David Lindo, The Urban Birder and Leica Ambassador, on his journey around the city to see the other life that inhabits Málaga. In an exciting experience David Lindo discovers the birds of the city, meets…


Forging Champions

In August 2013, my friend Jonathan Meyrav of the Israel Ornithological Center approached me at the British Bird Fair & first told me of the Champions of the Flyway. A fantastic new bird race (or Big Day) to benefit bird conservation along the flyways between Africa & Eurasia. The event would be modeled after Cape May Bird Observatory’s acclaimed and long-established “World Series of Birding“. The brain child of Pete Dunne in 1984, WSB has raised over $9,000,000 for conservation causes (mostly in the United States) since its inception. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a Big Day is a 24 hour event in…

Leica Birding visit to Slimbridge

There’s a lot more to birding than bright colours and big wingspans – it’s often the unobtrusive, smaller species that can give the most pleasure and awe-inspiring observation experiences. This was the case when Leica took a group of journalists and dealers to WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre at the end of November 2015.

Cape May Bird Observatory’s American Dippers

In March 2015, the Leica / Cape May Bird Observatory “American Dippers” achieved the improbable, when we returned home from Eilat, Israel with the coveted Champions of the Flyway cup in hand. While less familiar with the Eastern birds, we carried the experience of well over 100 individual big days between us and we maximized daylight scouting hours, leaving the hotel pre-dawn and returning long after dark each day. More importantly though, we were among the top earners of conservation dollars among the COTF teams and added in kind by donating our top prize to Birdlife Cyprus to use in the fight against…

Wild Night Life in Honduras

So after great anticipation our entire crew finally arrived at the Lodge at Pico Bonito just as sun was setting. We were eager to explore but the birds had all retired for the night and we still needed to get checked in and make our way to our cabins. With rum punch in hand, we sat at a large table set up in the registration area and quickly registered and got the keys to our respective cabins. Some took advantage of massage services to ease away the long travel (particularly our guests from the far side of the Atlantic Ocean), while…