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Follow Ananda Banerjee exploring the islet and its giant variety of birds

The Pirotan Island is a scrubby barren islet with mangroves and no human habitation. One can only travel to the island by boat after obtaining permissions from the forest department.
When we anchored in the sea, at some distance away from Pirotann, I picked up my Victory SF binoculars for a closer look at teeming avian life on the sandy shoreline of the islet.
And what I saw was a scene right out of traffic crazy rush hour at any cosmopolitan city! Only the
city’s busybody’s replaced by a melee of white, black and brown birds, thousands in numbers congregated on the sandy beach.

While some of the birds stood still like statues others were engrossed in foraging. A pair of Ruddy Turnstone, stocky small wading birds in patchy black and white, scurried looking for prey under tiny stones. It was interesting to watch these small birds – with such clear clarity of the lens - flipping each stone that came their way with their long, slender beaks. The Pirotan’s beach was swarming with the Crab Plovers. These medium sized birds with white and black plumage love to eat crabs and are found, in large numbers, in only two places – the Gulf of Kutch and the Gulf of Mannar. I could spot their long, dainty legs as the birds craned their necks while the flock paraded the shore.

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Win a ZEISS Victory SF*

Welcome to the new ZEISS Nature Blog where you will find the latest stories about nature observation and birding.
Discover the unique world of birds, exciting travel destinations and helpful tips and tricks from our nature and birding experts - your outdoor adventure starts here.

To help you experience nature at first hand, we are giving away a pair of the latest ZEISS Victory SF binoculars. Look and identify the birds to be in the image with the chance of winning a pair of the latest ZEISS Victory SF binoculars.

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Digiscoping on Germany’s waterways.

The ground is steaming all around me. Last night’s cooling thunderstorms have done nothing to quell yesterday’s high temperatures. At around 5 a.m. the stunning beauty of the natural world unfolds in the offshoots of the Rhine river.

I’m making my way through the waterways, forests and meadows to discover orchids, observe nature as it is roused from its slumber, and above all to capture magic images of birds using my new spotting scope, the ZEISS Conquest Gavia.

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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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By David Chandler from Bird Watching Magazine

I’ve been reviewing binoculars since 2005. Normally, I look after them very carefully – it would be embarrassing to return them damaged! But for this test we did a different kind of review. We took a binocular that is meant to be tough, and put that toughness to the test.The binoculars were the CONQUEST HD 10x32. ZEISS knew what we had planned – more or less. They gave their permission, and even came along to watch.

It wasn’t easy doing what we did – this kind of thing doesn’t come naturally to me. But, as professionals, we did it anyway! And everything we did is the kind of thing that could happen to binoculars. Well, most of it is. Read on to find out how this mid-range ZEISS coped.

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By naturalist and TV presenter, Nick Baker

It’s good to see the world through nice, clean, modern glass windows, and it therefore stands to reason a nice pair of binoculars are a pleasure to look through for all the same reasons. For me, I use my binoculars every single day and on some days (when working on Ring Ouzel on Dartmoor for example) they will often be pressed to my face for a good 5-6 hours at a time – sometimes almost without a break.

Similarly I will often be using mine at the top and tail of the day, when light is dimpsy. So various considerations need to be considered, I want light-weight – as they’ll be around my neck all day, they need to be bright and clear and above all I need to not have to worry about them – they need to be life proof.

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I've packed my rucksack, got enough water, a good sandwich as a small snack, and protein bars just in case - everything you need for a thrilling climb. I'm ready to become one with nature, and really clear my mind again. More than that: I need it! My mobile is definitely staying at home.

I don't need technology. The only companion I want to take with me, despite its high-performance technology, is my CONQUEST HD 10x32. Now I've set off, the climb is steep and strenuous.

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