Well-equipped with binoculars, spotting scopes and eyepieces from Leica, the Swiss team will take part in the international birdwatching competition “Champions of the Flyway” in Israel on 28 March. The Leica Sempach Snowfinches’ goal? To have fun and to improve on their performance last year.
A big event is coming closer! Champions of the Flyway 2017 will take place place on Tuesday March 28th.. All birding teams are also competing to raise the most conservation funding to help stop the illegal killing of birds in Turkey. The donated money goes directly to this cause and the winning team will be crowned Guardians of the Flyway 2017. Leica Sport Optics is proud to sponsor the Victorious Bird Nerds (VBN) this year. We interviewed Gert Ottens of VBN about the upcoming event.
I have been interested in dinosaurs for as long as I can remember. Inhabitants of a time so far from our own and yet a fundamental part of its history made an impression on my mind from a young age and continue to be a source of interest, wonder, and study for me today.
Spring is one of the best times of the year to be in the beautiful, birdy, nature-rich state of Maine. The frigid, snowy weather and very short daylight periods move along giving way for long days of warm sun, vibrant green leaves, wildflowers rich with purples, whites, yellows, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 which teams compete to see who can tally the most species of birds.
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.