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In 1978 the Wedel Marsh was diked – despite mass protests led by conservationists. The NABU branch in Hamburg did, however, ensure that the extraction site of marine clay needed to build the dams was turned into a substitute habitat for wading and aquatic birds. Working according to guidance and active support of many bird enthusiasts, a 10-hectare body of water was created on an area measuring roughly 17.5 ha. Ever since, the area has been rented by NABU Hamburg and is maintained and further developed by dedicated volunteers on an ongoing basis.

The Carl Zeiss Bird Station was opened in 1984. For more than 30 years, this area, which lies some 15 km to the west of Hamburg, has been used to observe the birds on the Wedel Marsh. This is the perfect place for ducks, geese, wading birds and gulls to find food and to breed.
One full-time and several volunteer supervisors tell visitors all about the local nature, offer them binoculars for hire and inspire people on tours that take in the local bird species.

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ZEISS Supports NABU Naturschutzjugend in Hamburg

People generally associate Hamburg with bustling trade and busy streets, and not with nature. Apart from its port, Hamburg is a typical big city in Europe – with a large number of paved areas. The locals only encounter nature in one of the city’s parks or once they venture further afield. And yet there are a great many children and young people who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors and are committed to nature conservation.

“In a big city like Hamburg, there are plenty of things for children and young people to do in their free time. It’s not always easy to position our Naturschutzjugend activities. Still, we have quite a number of volunteers and popular youth groups,” says 19-year-old Jan Göldner. When Jan isn’t studying for his high school diploma or working a shift at the hardware store, he spends a lot of time as a regional youth spokesman for Naturschutzjugend and runs a youth group that focuses on nature conservation.

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It has to be said, the Dialyt 7x42 B T* binoculars from Carl Zeiss are legendary to this day. Many nature observers love them. And if you possess a pair of those binoculars, you treasure them and watch over them. Sadly, I do not own one of these legends.

Which is why I was all the more pleased to hear that Carl Zeiss was once again producing a series of binoculars with the potential to become legendary. Yet I was sceptical, too. I've heard and read a lot about the VICTORY HT. Would my high expectations be confirmed when bird watching?

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Heligoland. A small, sparrow-like bird is sitting on a lantern. At this very moment, one of the few bird-watchers who are on the island this spring passes by on his way to lunch. At first he hardly pays any attention to the bird - it is just another sparrow, one of many he has seen that morning. But then - what is that he hears? A short, odd sounding call causes him to feel a surge of adrenalin. That was not a regular sparrow!

The bird takes off and the observer quickly grabs his binoculars, a Victory 10×42 T* FL. The bird lands on the edge of an old skip. Through the binoculars the colours come alive vividly, with outstanding brightness and maximum detail.

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