Meet our nature expert at Birdfair 2018

There is a close connection between our wildlife expert and filmmaker Simon King and the nature. Since many years he relies on ZEISS optics to observe the finest details out in the field as bright and clear as possible. His Dialyt optics have served him well for many many years.

Nowadays he uses our Victory SF and Harpia gear. For Simon, the knowledge about nature creates the conditions for an effective protection of our nature as well as our entire world. Learn more about his wildlife experiences in this story and visit Simon King live at this year's Birdfair.

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Meet our nature expert at Birdfair 2018

The professional naturalist, tv presenter and author Nick Baker never stops exploring the beauty of wildlife. He takes us on a little journey and tells us how to experience special moments outdoors.

He opens his mind and eyes to observe birds or insects in completely new dimensions. All it takes are a pair of binoculars and a great deal of curiosity. Follow Nick and visit him at this year's Birdfair.

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Protecting the Northern Bald Ibis in Morocco

Morocco is the last fully wild refuge of the critically endangered northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) in the world.

Together with BirdLife International and the Prince Albert II Foundation, ZEISS is supporting the conservation of the stock and the few remaining breeding grounds in the Souss Massa national park near Agadir.

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Marbled Murrelets

Marbled murrelets are small seabirds from the North Pacific. Unusually for seabirds they nest in old forests or on the ground at heights where trees cannot grow. Due to the decline of their population, numerous forest conservation programs have been established to preserve the marbled murrelets.

Peter Stangel tells us about the typical challenges concerning the protection of this rare bird species. The Western Rivers Conservancy's project plays a crucial role for their conservation. Although it was meant for improving the water quality of salmon habitats, there are also huge benefits for marbled murrelets.

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Fair Isle special protection area for rare seabirds

Fair Isle is a Scottish island belonging to the Shetland Islands. For birders it’s not only an important stopover for migratory birds. Fair Isle is also home for the great skua, a rare species of seabirds.

Glen Tyler and Bethany Stonier study the behavior of these birds. They give us an insight into their exciting research, which seeks to ensure the preservation of great skuas despite human influences.

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Feathered artists

Bowerbirds rank among the most intelligent bird species with some habits quite similar human beings. In total, 20 bowerbird species exist in Australia and New Guinea. This exceptional species of passerine birds are well-known for their special building art.

Bowerbirds are not just great at building their nests. They are also big artists in voice imitation. Bowerbirds are able to master 44 different bird songs. Michaela Sulz tells us about some unique impressions, which arouse interest for the next birding adventure.

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The Data Millionaire

In Germany, the online portal ornitho.de is the database for all bird lovers. Over 30 million reports indicate where a bird has been seen. Ornitho portals are also available in some neighboring countries. On eurobirdportal.org all bird information across Europe converges.

One of the professional drivers behind ornitho.de is Christopher König, a passionate birdwatcher and nowadays a millionaire in data. Find out more about the person behind the platform and how he has managed to turn his hobby into a profession.

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Lapwing festival on 22th of April 2018

It's getting spring at Wedel Marsh. With the change of seasons more birds are coming here while others are stocking up on reserves for their journey home.

Young birder Sören Rust is talking about the bustling activity at Wedel Marsh. You can experience the beautiful variety of birds at their yearly lapwing event.

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