Birder David Lindo, UK
David Lindo is the author of countless articles on urban birds and writes for many websites, publications and magazines. He also has a popular monthly urban birding column in ‘Bird Watching Magazine’ and he is a regular television presenter and has been featured on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 in the UK as well as other TV channels around the world including CBS in the United States. His radio work is ranges from regular slots on the prestigious BBC Radio 4 to many other stations all over the world. He is also a well respected public speaker. David is currently a trustee of Wader Quest and a patron of Alderney Wildlife Trust, Birding For All and the Spitalfields City Farm. He is a fellow member of the International League of Conservation Writers, the Founder of the Vote National Bird Campaign and the Tower 42 Bird Study Group plus is on the committee of The Friends Of Wormwood Scrubs. He is the author of 'The Urban Birder' his successful first book that was published in 2011. His next book 'Birding The Concrete Jungle' was published in the summer of 2015.
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), Great Britain
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a British nature conservation organisation with a long tradition, dedicated to the protection of wetlands and their large variety of birds such as the spoon-billed sandpiper. Globally there are only about 100 breeding pairs left of this small shore bird species, and their existence is primarily endangered by pollution, hunting as well as the extraction of fossil fuels. Leica supports the WWT in its effort to protect this endangered species by equipping the expedition teams with premium optical devices. Thanks to the excellent binoculars and spotting scopes by Leica, the expedition members enjoy fascinating insights into the world of the spoon-billed sandpiper and of course nature in general.
Andrea Corso, Italy
Andrea Corso has dedicated his time to birdwatching since his childhood. He has published many papers and articles in Italian as well as international journals and has written and co-authored several books. His work mainly focusses on the identification of bird species, but he also includes other areas of ornithology into his studies. He takes part in many national and international projects, and for the last ten years he has organised the census of birds of prey on their migratory route across the Strait of Messina. For the Leica Blog he mostly reports from his home in Sicily, whose birdlife he is familiar with like no one else.
Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park
The wadden sea in Schleswig-Holstein is a national park, and in 2009 the United Nations have declared this area World Natural Heritage of Humanity. In addition, it has been recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage and Biosphere Reserve, as a bird protection and flora-fauna habitat area of the EU, as well as a wetlands site of international importance according to the Ramsar-Convention. Leica is a co-operating partner of this national park.
Luke Massey is a renowned wildlife photographer and cameraman: „My passion is to show people what is on their doorstep or further afield, to show them something new or educate them about a species in decline. If in my career I can help save one species I’ll be happy, but for the moment I intend to try and help save as many as possible through my work.”
Luke was awarded the accolade of Young Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 in June and was also a winner in 2016's prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards in the Urban Wildlife category with his image 'Kite Flying'. He also won the Wildlife category in Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 and was Highly Commended in the Birds category of GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Marc Gálvez and José Guerra, Spain
On their website “Lonely Birder” Marc Gálvez and José Guerra provide a directory to accommodation, shops and institutions worldwide, whose services fulfill the special needs of birdwatchers on travels. The two organisers of the website work as ornithologists, and thus they also offer ornithological tours. Leica is an official co-operating partner of “Lonely Birder” and supports the team by equipping its members with high-quality optics, Ultravid binoculars and APO Televid spotting scopes.
Marc Gálvez, Spain
The work of the Spanish biologist also covers bird ringing. He takes part in several nature conservation projects and works as a birdwatching guide at Onaga Birding and Onaga Neotropical in Spain and many other countries.
José Guerra, Spain
The natural scientist from Extremadura, an area that gives home to one of the largest number of bird species in Europe, works on nature conservation projects and dedicates himself to the preservation of endangered bird species. In addition, José Guerra is a tour guide at Onaga Birding.
Fergus Crystal Perthshire, Scotland
As a teenager, it always upset him that there were so few rare bird species left in his home in Perthshire. The ornithologist has longe since recovered from this loss – his profession has taken him to many different countries, such as Japan, Kazakhstan and the Philippines. At the moment he is living in the Spanish region of Extremadura, working as a tour guide at Onaga Birding.
Leica is a cooperation partner of the bird reserve at Katinger Watt in Schleswig-Holstein, which is part of a larger protected area in the Eider estuary. From 1967 to 1973 the area that used to be tidal saltmarsh and mudflats in the Eider estuary had been diked because of flood control. Under the guiding hand of NABU it has since then developed into a unique habitat for plants as well as animals. The area offers breeding sites for grassland birds such as the avocet and the lapwing as well as the white-tailed sea eagles. Greylags use the reserve as an overwintering location. Thanks to gentle and nature-friendly cattle grazing, large orchid meadows as well as new saltmarshes along the dams can be preserved. With the support of Leica Sport Optics a new bird observation hut has just been built in the Katinger Watt.
Champions of the Flyway
For several years now Leica Sport Optics has been sponsoring teams that take part in the annual event “Champions of the Flyway” in Israel. The aim of this event is to spot as many bird species as possible in a given time. The sponsored money is donated to charitable organizations dedicated to the protection of migratory birds in the Mediterranean regions.
The teams 2017:
Waterbird Reserve Wallnau/Fehmarn
Due to its ideal location near the flyways of land and water birds as well as its rich food supply, Wallnau on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn is a popular resting place for migratory birds on their way to their nesting sites in spring or to their wintering areas in autumn. But not only migratory birds are attracted to Wallnau: a variety of rare bird species such as the red-necked grebe and little tern can be observed in spring when they raise their young in the reserve. Many North Eurasian bird species overwinter in Wallnau. That’s why a great variety of birds can be found in Wallnau all year round.