Travis bei den Pinguinen

Leica-Mitarbeiter Oliver Vogler ist Referent der Leica Akademie und hatte „Travis“, das reisende Leica Fernglas, auf einer Expedition in die Antarktis dabei. Was er mit dem Leica Trinovid 10×42 erlebt hat, schildert er im folgenden  Interview. Leica Sportoptik: Was hat Sie in die Antarktis geführt, und warum war „Travis“ dabei? Oliver Vogler: Wir begleiten jedes Jahr mehrmals den Erlebnis-Reiseveranstalter Oceanwide Expeditions auf Reisen in die Arktis und die Antarktis. „Travis“ habe ich bewusst gewählt, um die Artenvielfalt der dortigen Tierwelt besser beobachten zu können, sei es die Wale und Pinguine oder auch die Seevögel und Seelöwen. Außerdem habe ich das…

Bradbury Mountain Spring Hawkwatching!

Here in New England, it sure hasn’t felt much like spring. But the sun is getting higher, the days are getting longer, and finally, those snowbanks are being reduced – if ever so slowly. And believe it or not, birds are on the move. In fact, hawkwatching season is here! Freeport Wild Bird Supply will once again be partnering with Leica Sport Optics to sponsor the Spring Hawkwatch at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, beginning on March 15th. 2015 marks the ninth consecutive season for this project through which valuable data is collected while providing an enjoyable and educational…

Telling the story – documenting a worldwide big year!

Noah Strycker has posted the totals from day 118 of his 365 day quest to see 5,000 birds worldwide. He has 2320 bird species and counting, having birded Antarctica, then up through South America, and just now polishing of Central America, moving to Mexico in the next days and then on to the US. It will be a difficult challenge that no one has ever managed in the past, but whether he makes this mark or not (the personal goal he’s challenged himself with), it is a real treat to experience the world vicariously from Noah’s perspective through his daily writings and images…

Contrasting & Comparing Big Years

The movie “The Big Year” brought the concept of seeing as many birds as possible in a single year to the attention of many for the first time, but hardcore birders have known about these events and have been taking up the challenge for as long as I remember. In the movie, the contestants had limited themselves to the confines of a specific geographic area defined by the American Birding Association which is essentially the United States and Canada. It’s an enormous undertaking, considering the amount of territory in question and the difficulties at reaching the most remote corners of the…

Champions of the Flyway Part I: A Race With a Cause!

This is the first part in a series of blog posts about the Champions of the Flyway event. A staggering 2,500,000 birds are illegally hunted, trapped and killed on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus each year. Birders from all over the globe are coming together to make a difference during Champions of the Flyway: a bird race that is making a difference. March 25, 2015 was the second annual Champions of the Flyway race. International teams of birders tried to see (or hear) as many species of birds as possible, all the while trying to find as many donors as they possibly could…

Champions of the Flyway 2015

The Mediterranean is a danger zone for millions of migratory birds that pass the region on their travels to and from Africa — twice every year. Malta is an infamous example of the hazards these birds face by hunters and poachers, but the island of Cyprus is a hotspot for those illegal activities too. The magnitude of illegal hunting on this Mediterranean Island is staggering. Hundreds of thousands of birds from all groups and families are killed there every migration season. BirdLife Cyprus staff are currently working hard to bring about lasting change but with illegal killing still increasing and conservation resources…