by Catherine Hamilton

North America

Wildlife Protection

Where many people think of a vacation paradise, of white or black sand beaches, volcanoes, or tropical cocktails, a birder approaches the islands of Hawai‘i in a slightly different fashion. A vacationer might enjoy relaxing next to an azure sea, but someone in search of the island chain’s endemic bird species is going to have to work. There will be hiking, maybe climbing, sometimes over brutal sun-baked rocks, sometimes up narrow trails with considerable elevation gains. There will be much straining of one’s neck to watch tiny and bewilderingly similar-sounding greenish-yellow birds as they race through forest canopies, a straining not unlike the “warbler neck” that paralyzes many birders in North America during migration.

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by Stephen Ingraham

Events

North America

The Biggest Week in American Birding is well named. For 10 days in early May, the birds and birders put on an unrivaled show on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. Migrating warblers and other songbirds are the main attraction, and they draw increasing numbers of both seasoned and casual birders each year.

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by Bill Thompson, III

Events

Wildlife Protection

The Zeiss/Bird Watcher’s Digest Way-Off Coursers came back to the Champions of the Flyway after a year’s hiatus. But this year we had a new strategy in mind: less driving, more birding. After being the only team to do a north-to-south route for the 2014 race—a strategy which won the 2015 Champions event for the Leica/Cape May Bird Observatory American Dippers—the Coursers, with a revised line-up, decided to do a green big day at the Eilat Birdwatching Park, also known as the International Birding & Research Centre, Eilat.

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by James Adams

Events

North America

South America

Wildlife Protection

In November 2016, five teams, each consisting of a tour leader, a local guide, and ten participants, will bird some of Honduras’ best and most diverse habitats over eight days. The objective will be to see as many of Honduras’ birds as possible, to generate money for five conservation projects, and to promote Honduras as a magnificent tropical birding destination—as so many are discovering.

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by Aki Aintila

Europe

Knowledge

Wildlife Protection

Imagine thousands of raptors literally swarming, continuously gliding, in one gigantic stream. The stream reaches from just overhead to many kilometers to the north, almost as far as your naked eye can see. When you raise your optics to your eyes, you see even more birds joining in. Other birders surround you, all gazing at the masses of birds in pure awe. The soundscape is dominated by the almost-neurotic clicks of pocket clickers as volunteer counters keep track of the numbers as the birds pass by.

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by Ben Macdonald

Europe

Wildlife Protection

Just have a brief read of these and see if these ten quotes interest you. If you live in the UK, you have probably travelled to some of these places and seen birds at these sites for yourself. These quotes are important. The message in them affects the future of the countryside and why you have to travel to the Hebrides for your corncrakes, Speyside for your capercaillies and will, at present rate, soon have to travel to Dartmoor for your English cuckoos.

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by Diane Cooledge Porter

Moments made by ZEISS

North America

Sunup finds me walking down a steep path through the colorless, stickery lower branches of old pine trees. The path is dimly lit and barely wide enough to let me pass. I’m carrying my parabolic microphone. Twigs crack underfoot. Deep among the trees, a wood thrush must hear my approach, but he keeps singing. A song every three to four seconds. Ee-oh-lay! Shreee.

 

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by Dr. Richard D. Gregory

Innovation Optics

Moments made by ZEISS

I first tried the Victory SF 10×42 at the 2014 British Birdwatching Fair and was immediately bowled over by their look, feel, and stunning optical performance. A great deal of care and thought has been put into these binoculars by people who clearly understand optics and bird watchers, and as a consequence, they work and perform perfectly.

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Written and Illustrated by Catherine Hamilton

Europe

Moments made by ZEISS

ZEISS flew five birding enthusiasts to Portugal, hired two local nature guides and took photographs of them enjoying their favorite pastimes. American artist Catherine Hamilton was among those who came along on our adventure. Here she shares some words and drawings from the experience.

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