Winners Leica Noctivid and Televid 82 announced!

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Winners Leica Noctivid and Televid 82 announced!

Birdingplaces.eu was launched at the beginning of 2020. To stimulate as many bird watchers as possible to add beautiful bird areas to Birdingplaces.eu, Leica made available Leica Noctivid 10x42 binoculars and Leica Apo Televid 82 with 25-50x WW ASPH zoom eyepiece. Top-class optics! Bird watchers who added 5 areas to the website had a chance to win the Leica Noctivid 10x42 telescope, with 10 areas also the Leica Apo Televid 82 telescope. The go-in-and-win promotion with Leica top optics helped realize a huge increase in the number of bird areas! In less than a year, no fewer than 2000 nice bird areas have been put on the Birdingplaces map. The goal of having 2000 bird areas online within two years was surpassed within a year!

Thank you Leica!

Transcontinenta B.V. is a supporter and main sponsor of Birdingplaces.eu as a distributor of Leica in the Netherlands. Their support made it possible to keep the website ad-free and free for all participants. We are proud that a quality brand like Leica supports us in this way. And that's why we think it's extra nice that the 'go-in-and-win' promotion with Leica has given the website such a boost. Ultimately, a winner for the Leica Noctivid 10x42 could be drawn from 105 birders (who had added 5 or more areas before December 1). 48 birders with 10 placed areas (but often many more) competed for the prize draw for the Leica Apo Televid 82 with 25-50x WW ASPH zoom eyepiece.

But… who has won the Leica Noctivid and the Leica Apo Televid now?

Congratulations HGON!

The Leica Noctivid 10x42 binoculars were won by HGON from Germany. HGON stands for Hessische Gesellschaft für Ornithologie und Naturschutz. This is an active group of birders in the German state of Hesse that is committed to the protection of birds. HGON has placed a wonderful number of 22 bird areas in the Hesse region online at www.birdingplaces.eu. With the Leica Noctivid, HGON wins top binoculars. Or as described in a review of these binoculars: "Compact, stylish and elegant, but also incredibly robust and durable. The optical quality and focusing precision of the Leica Noctivid binoculars is unmatched by any other binoculars on the market."

 

Congratulations Hannah Driesse!

The Leica Apo Televid 82 with 25-50x WW ASPH zoom eyepiece was won by Hannah Driesse from the Netherlands. Hannah placed 12 bird areas on the map of www.birdingplaces.eu. Ten of them in the Netherlands and two areas in France. With the Leica Apo Televid 82, Hannah has won a robust and compact telescope with a fantastically clear, sharp and natural image. The great asset of the Apo Televid 82 is its ease of use. The telescope is not too big (328x108x101mm) and feels light (1,469g including eyepiece) compared to other telescopes. That, together with the phenomenal image quality, makes the Leica Televid 82 the ideal telescope to take with you in the field. 

On March 19, 2021, Hannah received the telescope at the Leica Store in Amsterdam. She is delighted:: "I am suddenly the proud owner of a high quality telescope! I always do birdwatching in combination with a long walk. However, I often did not feel like carrying a heavy telescope on a walk. But the Apo Televid hardly weighs more than my binoculars, and the added value is enormous. For example, we immediately tried it out the first weekend in the Nieuwe Driemanspolder near The Hague (a wetland discovered via birdingplaces.eu!), From a very large distance we could easily identify teals and wigeons. In addition, I could observe a beautiful pair of goldeneye and a group of courting black-necked grebes. I was amazed and saw details that I have never seen before. The Leica Televid really does make a huge difference! I am so happy that I can take it with me this birding season on my bird hikes. Thank you so much Birdingplaces and Leica! "

Hannah Driesse: "I was amazed and saw details that I have never seen before. The Leica Televid really does make a huge difference!"

Unfortunately, the Leica Noctivid 10x42 could not yet be presented to prize winner HGON in Germany due to Covid-19. As soon as it is permitted in Germany, HGON will receive these beautiful binoculars.

Birdingplaces.eu thanks all birders

Birdingplaces birders, thanks for posting all those beautiful areas! Together you make Birdingplaces a success! Of course only two prize winners could be drawn, but all those beautiful bird areas that you have opened up for each other are of course also worth gold. And every day thanks to you beautiful and new bird areas are added.

Leica Netherlands, thank you for your support. Birdingplaces birders, thank you for your great efforts. We will march on, and hopefully all of you too. Keep on sharing great birding spots on Birdingplaces! #EnjoyAndProtect!

With great thanks on behalf of Team Birdingplaces