Natur mit Leica Ferngläsern erleben

Leica unterstützt Bau der neuen Vogelbeobachtungshütte im Katinger Watt. “Mehr sehen, mehr erleben” – so lautet das Motto des NABU Naturzentrums Katinger Watt für das Naturerleben im Katinger Watt in Schleswig-Holstein, in dem mit Unterstützung der Leica Camera AG eine neue Vogelbeobachtungshütte errichtet wurde.

Birdfair 2016: the official Noctivid launch

The British Birdwatching Fair, popularly known as Birdfair, is always a highlight in the year for the Leica Birding team. This year, however, was extra special – with the event seeing the launch of our new Noctivid binoculars.

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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.

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.

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.

What did the DSP ever do to Them?

One of the unique and most charismatic birds in South America, high if not top on any birders’ list of target species when they visit its range, is Phegornis mitchellii, long known as Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, or affectionately abbreviated as DSP. Its long and droop-tipped bill is unlike that of typical plovers, hence the compound sandpiper-plover, conveying a history of taxonomic uncertainty. Now, because it appears to be ‘simply’ an aberrant small plover, some authorities have castrated the name to Diademed Plover, or ‘just another’ plover, which DSP most certainly is not. But why stop there? I mean, everyone knows what…

Assumptions versus the dark-morph Pink-footed Shearwater

Whether Pink-footed Shearwater has a (very rare) dark morph, or whether occasional individuals are melanistic, are interesting semantic questions. But the bottom line for field observers is that apparently dark-plumaged Pink-footed Shearwaters are out there, and they could be confused with Flesh-footed Shearwater. Although some have questioned this assumption (e.g., see pages 56-58 of the January 2012 issue of Birding magazine), their alternatives of an undescribed new species of large shearwater, or of hybrid Pink-footed x Flesh-footed Shearwaters, seem to overlook the principle of parsimony: the most likely = parsimonious explanation is that some Pink-footed Shearwaters are dark-bodied. There’s even…

Leica Stories: Ana Ágreda

Enjoy this special bilingual edition of Leica Stories and meet Ecuadorian wildlife biologist Ana Águeda, who works hard to conserve shorebirds and waterbirds.

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…