PASSION FOR BIRDING MADE BY ZEISS
BIRDER BY TRADE Michael Tiefenbach turned his hobby into his livelihood
ACTIVE COMMITMENT TO NATURE "The job won‘t make me rich, but I gain so much more from this than from a desk job."
Michael Tiefenbach is part of a younger generation of birders who instinctively rely on their smartphones if they help with observation. His smartphone is an asset to him on the job, if he’s looking for a specific region to map. Michael even uses it on occasion to communicate with the birds – by playing specific bird calls on one of his apps.
BIRDER BY CONVICTION In the last few years Michael hab been carrying out scientific research in his homeland, the south east of austria.
Thanks to Michael’s extensive expertise with bird species and his daily work in the outdoors, he sometimes sees birds which are extremely rare and curious in Austria. Michael enjoys digiscoping, taking a picture using the spotting scope with his smartphone, in order to confirm such sightings. More commonly, however, he uses digiscoping just for fun, or to share his latest birding experiences with his friends at Club 300. At age 14, Michael Tiefenbach got his first ZEISS binoculars from his father, a biology teacher. It was a used pair from Carl Zeiss Jena. Michael’s father quickly inspired his son’s passion for nature observation, and helped him develop another strong commitment: From a young age, Michael became involved with bird protection efforts for BirdLife Austria.
OVER 1000 SPECIES
At Club 300 Austria, he and other bird enthusiasts talk about the rare birds they have sighted in various areas. Michael has noted 334 different types of birds in Austria alone, and well over 1,000 different species around the world. He feels that it is important to remember the joy that nature viewing gives: “People don’t need to start as early as I did. Watching birds is always special, wherever you might be: In your garden at home, or on a long hike through the mountains and you don’t need any technical equipment, except for a pair of binoculars.”
Michael Tiefenbach's choice ZEISS VICTORY DIASCOPE 65 T* FL or 85 T* FL straight viewing or angled viewing
65 T* FL: The lightweight and extremely compact package for longerhikes. It is perfectly suited for intensive use in the mountains or in any difficult terrain. 85 T* FL: The visual superlative with an exceptionally large lens diameter and maximum image brightness for the discerning nature observer who wishes to overcome long distances with concentrated power of vision.