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// THE NEW PASSION FOR BIRDING

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"To experience the fascination with nature you do not need any background knowledge. Everyone experiences the beauty of nature in his or her own manner."

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Anyone who meets Simon King notices right away what makes him tick! His passion for nature is as strong today as it was when he began his career as a wildlife film maker, over 30 years ago.

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Hiding for two weeks to get shots of a hunting sparrow hawk, or filming on an island full of man-eating crocodiles for three weeks without running the camera once (they didn’t perform as was hoped for) requires enormous patience and a passion for nature that overrides any hardship.

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Simon King’s work is often dangerous. In Africa he has been attacked by a rabid cheetah and chased by a black rhinoceros. In Asia he was nearly crushed by elephants. He acknowledges that, for the most part, incidents like these only occur because of mistakes he has made; misreading the signs or pushing his luck.

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Despite his wide range of interests which include music, cooking and theater, Simon King spends the vast majority of his leisure time observing nature. Extended periods of time in the city make him uncomfortable, and he soon longs for expanses of green fields and open skies: "There is no difference between the things I do for work and
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my passion.”

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All of Simon King’s projects share the same goal: to give nature its own voice, and bring the everyday miracles of the natural world to the wider public. By inspiring people’s interest in nature, he hopes to promote its conservation and protection. Simon is convinced that all children are inherently fascinated by nature and all living things. He hopes that as they grow they keep an interest in, and connection to the natural world, as he himself has done. Simon wants his programs and films to help people escape the stresses of everyday life, and turn their attention to nature’s many mysteries: “I realize that I’m never going to know enough about the wildlife in my own garden- let alone the rest of the planet. Each day spent in nature brings so much richness to my life. It’s my privilege to be able to share some of these moments in film.”

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“There is no difference between the things I do for work and for pleasure. I’m lucky that my work is also my passion.”

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King’s golden rule is to always give priority to the subject of his film. In his opinion, there is no justification for disturbing an animal or causing it stress in order to create a photograph or film sequence. In his “Simon King Wildlife” project, he restored a region destroyed by intensive agriculture. Simon King uses the ZEISS VICTORY SF at home and while traveling – for both work and leisure. Simon King’s next major project is already under development. By sharing his passion for nature with teachers, children and young people, he hopes to inspire the next generation of nature lovers and explorers – and pass on the torch if he ever decides to retire.

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Naturalist, Author and Broadcaster. Simon is best known for his work with cheetahs as well as the wildlife of Britain. He always has his ZEISS VICTORY SF on hand.

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With a field of view of 148 m / 1,000 m, the 8x42 offers the broadest overview and leaves nothing hidden. It delivers
extremely sharp focus all the way to the edges thanks to the field flattener design. The moderate magnification, balanced weight distribution and ergonomic grip make these binoculars easy to hold, for hours of relaxing observation without fatigue. A transmission rate of 92% and large exit pupil measuring over 5 mm reveal the details in dark shadows or the dim light of dusk.

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The 10x42 offers a high level of detail and is perfect for distances. The 120 m / 1,000 m field of view with 10x magnification is like a dream come true for many nature enthusiasts. The close range of 1.5 m allows for an impressive, larger-than-life view of birds, butterflies and dragonflies – as if you could reach out and touch them. The weight distribution and ergonomic grip makes for comfortable, calm observation.

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The supplied case allows quick and easy access to your binoculars. Featuring magnetic- and zipper closures for twice the protection, the ZEISS VICTORY SF is always securely stored and can be worn with a shoulder strap or on the belt.

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Follow the Pro-Birder Charley Hesse into the fascinating nature of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa and experience #passionforbirding

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Chapter 1 #passionforbirding

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Chapter 2 SIMON KING

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Chapter 3 ZEISS VICTORY SF

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