Birding is a passion that fascinates people all over the world. As birding enthusiasts, we are connected by a deep appreciation for all winged creatures. Austrian ornithologist and photographer Leander Khil loves to show people the excitement and joy of birding. His fascination with nature is contagious. In a series of vlogs, he shares his experiences.
What are you waiting for? Let’s #gobirding!
Ornithologist Leander Khil travelled Guatemala for some exciting bird watching. Some of his highlights: In the center of the city Antigua Guatemala, Leander found a roost of Pacific Parakeets (Psittacara strenuus) in the middle of a park. At a flowering bottlebrush tree, he discovered a colorful variety of breeding birds from North America, such as a Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) and six species of warblers, sharing the delicious nectar. And last but not least: in the northeast of Guatemala, Leander was lucky enough to observe the beautiful Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) as well as the largest member of the wren family.
Do you know what it is? Find out in the vlog.
Meet two individuals who share their passion for birding and preserving wildlife – Leander Khil and Heidi Pasch de Viteri.
In Leander's latest vlog, Heidi talks to him about her efforts to safeguard the precious wildlife around her finca La Gracia in Guatemala. What once was a coffee plantation now gives home to a vast variety of bird species: The Lost Tinamou Natural Private Reserve. Right between these lush greens and giant ceiba trees is Heidi’s favorite birding patch.
Discover which bird species can be found in this magical place, and which might be attracted by a special dinner of home-made compost or a skewered banana.
The tiny Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) is a well-known backyard bird in Europe. Ornithologist Leander Khil followed these beautiful songbirds over a whole year and shares his observations in the latest #gobirdingvlog.
Ornithologist & birder Leander Khil explored Namibia for the first time in his life. Besides the many striking species, he also focused on some of the less conspicuous ones. Join him and discover wonderful images of Violet-backed starlings (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster), a Pygmy falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus) or the endemic Dune lark (Calendulauda erythrochlamys). And: have you ever heard the distinctive song chanted by the Rockrunner (Achaetops pycnopygius)? Discover all this and more in the new episode of the #gobirdingvlog.
It's spring and many birds are singing! In the new episode of the #gobirdingvlog, ornithologist Leander Khil explains the differences between songs and calls. Tips and tricks on how to identify birds by their songs included.
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Two of the most beautiful birds of the Alps: the Rock Partridge (Alectoris graeca) and the Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush (Monticola saxatilis).
Leander Khil went looking for them in East Tyrol, Austria. Supported by two passionate birders and mushroom hunters, Rick and Manu, they climbed the slopes of the pristine Alpine valleys.
See for yourself what species they encountered in the video. #gobirding
The Horned Guan in the cloud forests of Guatemala is a sight to behold.
Those who want to venture up volcano Atitlán are in for a strenuous yet unique adventure. Leander Khil took on the challenge and went searching for the “winged unicorn” together with two local guides.
Dive into this tropical adventure and watch the video. #gobirding
Water bodies are always a hotspot for birding. In winter, watching water birds is especially rewarding. Join ornithologist Leander Khil on a stroll along one of his favorite shores. Remembering his first birding adventures as a child, he shows us fascinating kleptoparasites and old friends. #gobirding
(Video in German)
Bird populations in Europe are decreasing rapidly. In this #gobirdingvlog Leander Khil talks about the decrease of farmland birds in Europe. It's up to us all to act against the loss of biodiversity. #gobirding
(Video in German)
In this episode of the #gobirdingvlog Leander Khil meets the wildlife illustrator Szabolcs Kókay. Birders usually take a camera to the field to document their sightings. Szabolcs has the rare talent, to create true to life images of birds with pencil and brush. Not an easy task - also, because live birds rarely keep still. #gobirding
In the first episode of the #gobirdingvlog, Leander Khil will show you the geese flocks that make birders' hearts beat faster in the Austrian Seewinkel region. You'll see impressive footage of the more common species and learn how their migration routes are being studied. On the day of shooting, Leander and the film crew were lucky enough to also find three true rarities among the common species. #gobirding
(Video in German)
Leander is an ornithologist, birdwatcher and wildlife photographer from Graz and now living in Vienna, Austria. Driven by his love for birds, adventure and the outdoors he travels the world since he was a child.