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.
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.
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.
In Greek mythology they pictured a harpy as a mixture between a raptor and a woman. The creature was the personification of the evil, especially of greed. As a kind of an embodied storm wind she was very fast and thereby invulnerable. On behalf of Zeus she killed human beings or just nabbed their soul. Even in Astrid Lindgren’s famous children’s book “Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter” the author took up the harpies that regularly attack Ronia and her friend Birk.
What is so special about this bird that is named after such creepy mythical creatures? First of all it is one of the largest birds of prey, and in fact it is even the strongest raptor. Its wingspan measures up to two meters and the female birds, which are heavier than the male, may weigh nine kilos. There are few photos of them, but in most of the existing ones you see prey under their impressive, strong talons. The back part of a harpy eagle’s talon grows up to seven centimeters.