Events

Memorable moments from a birding expedition!

Sally and Stephanie are proud to have participated in the Grand Iberian Bird Tour 2018-2019. In this article they talk about things that went wrong. But above all, many grateful moments.

They saw a lot of interesting birds from all over Europe, for example little Egrets flying over their heads, a flock of Whimbrels and another flock of Black-tailed Godwits.

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with Birdlife Malta and sponsored by ZEISS Sports Optics

"Malta, a holiday destination for many, but a country as a life-long naturalist and conservationist, I know it comes with serious baggage. Malta forms a vital link in the journey of migrating birds travelling through Europe into Africa."

Follow Darren Woodhead and a group of ornithologists to Malta, where they spent ten days exploring the fauna of this beautiful island in September 2018. Get inspired by their experiences and take a look at Darren's fantastic paintings.

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International Bird observatory Conference in Eilat

This March, several special events took place in Eilat at the same time – the International Bird Observatories Conference along with the annual Spring Migration Festival, the Champions of the Flyway and the Arts and Nature community event. Through all these events, people were enabled to see birds and their habitats in a very direct and clear way.

A wonderful time with many positive outputs – for example, the Champions of the Flyway raised a record sum for one Birdlife partner, over 75,000$ for conservation of Vultures in Kenya. Never before so many birders came to watch the wonder of migration in Eilat and at the same time supported the efforts to keep it safe.

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ZEISS Sponsors Grand Prize for the 2019 Kruger Bird and Wildlife Challenge

At the Kruger Bird and Wildlife Challenge 2019 eight teams with nine members of birders and bird protectors started in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The funds raised from the event aimed to preserve the White-winged Flufftail, an endangered bird.

As a special highlight offered to the participants there was an encounter with the very rarely observed Golden Pipit. In total, over 300 species of birds as well as over 50 mammal species were observed. Learn more about the exciting competition and the winning team.

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International Bat Night 2018

International Bat Night is already 22 years old. On the night of 25 to 26 of August, it unites all bat observers. With big events bat experts, nature conservationists and interested people celebrate the only flying mammal in more than 35 participating countries.

Now is the best time to observe bats individually or along with many other enthusiasts from all around the globe. Michaela Sulz is fascinated about the beauties of the night. Her current story tells you about some interesting myths of this impressive creatures.

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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Every year in November, birders from around the world celebrate the return of sandhill cranes and snow geese to the Bosque del Apache Refuge in New Mexico. The Festival of the Cranes is the oldest birding festival in the U.S.

ZEISS has been an integral part for the Festival of the Cranes for many years and will continue their support in the future. Stephen Ingraham tells you about the fascinating scenery and the stunning wildlife around the Rio Grande Valley.

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Birding as a challenge

Some feel a little bit unmasked, others just get amused about well-known habits and a few think the portrayal is too exaggerated: In the film „The Big Year“ David Frankel shows partly realistic and partly overdrawn how three US Americans run a Big Year. The Big Year of birding originated in the Anglo-Saxon countries and nowadays has different new variations across the world. For exactly one year, more specifically from 0 o’clock at the 1st of January local time until 31st of December 24 o’clock, you have to see or hear as many different species of birds as possible. It could become high performance sport, but in the original positive sense it is a sabbatical in nature or enough leisure time for a favorite activity. We show some variants and facts about a Big Year.

2016 was a record year worldwide as well as in North America. The Dutch Arjan Dwarshuis set the world record with 6,833 bird species in one year. The most well-known competition for a Big Year certainly is the one in the ABA-area of North America that is defined by the American Birding Association. Thanks to “El Niño“ 2016 was a perfect year to see rare species in Northern America you usually do not see. Besides the meteorological phenomena John Weigel’s success is also due to some few new splits in species taxonomy, which enabled him additional listings. John Weigel surpassed all his predecessors with 783 species as well as his competitor for the year, Olaf Danielson.

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Introducing the New ZEISS Victory Harpia Spotting Scope

From 11 through 13 September, ZEISS Sports Optics invited visitors to come to the city of Hamburg and check out the new ZEISS Victory Harpia spotting scope that will be available starting in January 2018. Invited guests not only got to attend the product demo, but also heard from the Dachverband Deutscher Avifaunisten (DDA), an umbrella organization for bird lovers, and took a boat ride to the Carl Zeiss Bird Station in the Wedel Marsh run by the NABU Hamburg, an environmental protection group.

There, participants had the opportunity to try out the new spotting scope, with its revolutionary optical system featuring a three-stage wide-angle zoom, in real-world conditions.

A chalkboard at the entrance to the Carl Zeiss Bird Station headed by Marco Sommerfeld informs visitors which birds they might see in the Wedel Marsh currently.

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