Marco Sommerfeld has been working for the Carl Zeiss bird station in Hamburg for over 10 years. Always in a good mood, he combines natural science expertise with tireless dedication to the protection of native bird species in an extraordinary way.
Marco has made his passion for the natural and bird world a profession and shares his knowledge at any time with interested visitors in the Wedeler march. In her current article, Michaela Sulz tells us more about his personality and commitment.
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.
Hamburg has plenty to offer birders besides the Carl Zeiss Bird Station. Way out to the east of the city is Lake Öjendorf, where several rare duck species can be observed, especially during the winter.
With top-end ZEISS gear in tow, Sören Rust meets the Young Birders Club at the lake – together, they make a few remarkable discoveries. Even the bad weather can’t dampen their spirits.
ZEISS and the "International Birding and Research Center" in Eilat
Eilat is famous for its International Birding and Research Center. As the only land bridge connection between Eurasia and Africa it's a hotspot for birdwatching in Israel. Birds can stop there safely before they continue their flight through the foodless Sahara desert.
Noam Weiss, the director of the IBRCE in Eilat, tells you about his passion for birding and how he finds peace through nature observation. One of the most important things is to be well equipped with professional optics. Noam relies on ZEISS binoculars.
Nature observers love our premium binocular Victory SF for many reasons. In his review, the professional birder David Fisher tells you about his personal experiences with our top line bino.
Join our passionate birding expert on his little discovery tour and learn how the Victory SF performs in different situations outside in nature. You will see: The ZEISS Victory SF is always a reliable companion.
A Saturday morning with the Young Birders Club at the Carl Zeiss Bird Station
4:45 a.m.: The alarm clock went off. Thinking of sleeping in on a Saturday morning? Not when you're going to watch migratory birds with the Young Birders Club! We began counting all migratory birds even before the sun rose. So we met at the Wedel Marina at 7:30. We've headed to the marina because this is where the river Elbe is at its most narrow, causing the migrating birds to gather so that they can spend as little time over the water as possible as they fly south. This Saturday started out gray with a strong wind from the southwest – not exactly great conditions for migrating because birds generally don't fly when there are headwinds. Despite the weather, a small group of Young Birders met at the marina.
And it paid off! In spite of the wind, large groups of birds were out and flocks of them flew across the Elbe heading south every couple of seconds. Today the record went to the common chaffinch: in three hours, more than 21,500 of them flew across the river. Yet you have to look sharp when there are swarms of finches, because in between the common chaffinches is the odd brambling and hawfinch. Picking out individual species when bird watching requires a special kind of skill. Species that look quite different on the ground can appear almost exactly the same when flying overhead. You can only distinguish between them by their call and flying silhouette.