Italy hosts among the richest biodiversity in Europe. The variety of geographic, geo-morphological and climatic conditions that characterizes its territory makes it an extraordinary concentration area of both species and habitats.
I had the pleasure of using the latest Leica 10-42 binoculars for a week of birdwatching in Israel in March. I was there to take part in the Eilat Bird Festival and follow the “Champions of the Flyway” a 24 hours Bird Race organised by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.
Known more for its beaches rather than its birding I must admit that it was the diving part of our trip to the Cayman Islands that had me most excited. However, as those first days unfolded on Grand Cayman I soon realised my mistake in underestimating not only the diversity of birdlife it had to offer but also the accessibility to spotting sites. Alongside wildlife photographer Luke Massey, we both came to realise that the Cayman Islands were in fact the perfect “do it yourself” birding destination.
“You’re going to do what?… You guys are insane!” That was my response when my buddy Brant Julius told me he and friend Jeff Fisher were planning on leaving at 10 PM Friday night and driving through the night to arrive at sunrise. It was madness… but it was also an insanely beautiful & rare bird they were going to chase.
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.
Ob auf Reisen, beim Birding oder bei anderen Outdoor-Abenteuern – die Leica V-Lux ist dafür die perfekte Kamera. Zeitraubende Objektivwechsel und schwere zusätzliche Ausrüstung erübrigen sich. Mit ihrem pfeilschnellen Autofokus übertrifft die Leica V-Lux sich selbst.
“Ten years ago this was all forest,” says Stan Lhota, a primatologist from the Czech Republic, as he casts a hand over Balikpapan Bay which now resembles an industrial site. “And this was a romantic little fishing village.” We are standing at Gersik harbour looking out at the horizon of coal mines, oil depots and abandoned shrimp farms.
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.
You could easily miss the dusty little village of Khichan, situated close to the Pakistan border with India in the state of Rajasthan, its appearance much like the previous hundred or so we had passed through on our fourteen-hour drive from Delhi, were it not for the cacophony of noise.
Naturalist, TV presenter, writer and wildlife guide Iolo Williams has spent a lot of time on islands this spring and summer. After spending a fabulous three weeks on the Farne Islands , he headed further north in early summer to lead a party of 10 avid wildlife watchers on the Shetlands.