AUG
2016
19

The New Leica NOCTIVID – A reality built on a whole century of knowledge and expertise

The U.K. is an important country for optics in the nature market and with the imminent launch of Leica’s exciting new binocular, a number of important nature market retailers were invited to the HQ in Wetzlar to hear a presentation from product manager Nanette Roland and to thoroughly test the new Noctivid binocular.

AUG
2016
17

Bis zum Horizont

Seit gut vier Jahren gibt es den Klassiker Geovid in der vierten Generation auf dem Markt. Wir testeten exklusiv die beiden Spitzenmodelle aus Wetzlar in den Bergen, in Afrika und in heimischen Gefilden, bei Vogelbeobachtungen aller Art, von dem Balzverhalten der Amseln vorm Küchenfenster, über die Brutpflege der Störche vom Foto-Tarnnetz aus bis hin zur Jagdtaktik des afrikanischen Habichtsadlers in Nigeria.

AUG
2016
10

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.

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!

See, show and share!

See, show and share nature in exceptional quality with Leica’s new integrated digiscoping package. Leica’s new, all-inclusive digiscoping package transforms wildlife observation and photography into an incomparable and shareable experience at unbeatable discounted prices.

A Field Day with the incomparable Leica Q

Leica’s new digiscoping kit with the Leica Q camera is a joy to use. The auto focus synchs fast allowing one to easily capture fast moving subjects and built in viewfinder works well in bright sunlight. The quality of the Leica glass in the camera and spotting scope lenses allow you to capture the most finite of details with incredible clarity at incredible magnification (focal lengths up to 2500 mm equivalent).

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…

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…

First At-sea Images of Ainley’s Storm-Petrel – but who cares?

Leica team member Steve Howell is back recently from a ten-day pelagic trip off northwest Mexico, where he saw plenty of ‘Leach’s Storm-Petrels’ – including the enigmatic Ainley’s Storm-Petrel, endemic as a breeder to Mexico’s Guadalupe Island (about 170 miles west of the Baja California Peninsula), described as new to science as recently as 1980, and never before photographed at sea! Here’s the story…   Ainley’s Storm-Petrel? Huh, what’s that? OK, here’s a synopsis of taxonomy to put the story in context. (Don’t worry, it’s short!) In 1980, marine scientist David Ainley described the winter-breeding ‘Leach’s Storm-Petrels’ on Mexico’s Guadalupe…

DEC
2015
26

Big Year home stretch, for Noah!

It was July 2014 when I first heard about Noah Strycker’s ambitious plan to see 5,000 different bird species in a single year and have to admit I skeptically thought, “Hmmm… that’s pretty ambitious!” He posted the same publicly on October 2014, and I know for a fact that others thought the same, some even publicly suggesting it wasn’t possible when they first heard about the effort. I mean it’s an impossible undertaking, unfathomable really. Especially considering the highest totals ever posted by similar efforts were 4,341 (The Biggest Twitch) in 2008, and prior to that 3,662. To think anyone could…