Thursday, July 11, 2013

Leica's Traveling Trinovid


Eagle Optics staff: Ben, Nina (holding the Traveling Trinovid), Tom (with Sheena the dog), Kate, Adrian, Mike

One day last week, the Eagle Optics staff had the pleasure of hosting the famous Traveling Trinovid, Leica's singular binocular that has already had, in its short life, some of the best adventures in North American birding.

Our intrepid Leica reps, Jeff Bouton and David LaPuma, spent the afternoon educating us about the history of the Leica brand. Eagle Optics has been an authorized dealer of Leica binoculars, spotting scopes and rangefinders for a number of years--but it was fascinating to learn the history of this quality brand that is arguably one of the world's top sport optics manufacturers.leica-trinovid

The Traveling Trinovid, nicknamed Travis, (personally, I think Trina would have been nice, but that's just me) has all the distinctive characteristics of Leica's outstanding craftsmanship--but this particular binocular is unique indeed.

[caption id="attachment_4027" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Yellow-headed Blackbird in North Dakota (photo from the Traveling Trinovid blog)"]yellow-headed-blackbird[/caption]

Its first trip was across the pond from its factory home in Solms, Germany, emerging from its box on April 7, 2013 at the Leica Store in Miami. Since then, it has been in the hands of many illustrious hosts, each of whom has taken the Trinovid on their own birding excursion, from Key Biscayne to the Texas Coast, up to Pt. Reyes and over to St. Augustine, and smack dab on the boardwalk of the Biggest Week in northwest Ohio. It witnessed shorebirds off the coast of Maine, and prairie species galore in North Dakota. And that's not all. By then, it had already logged almost 350 species.

So, yes. A binocular Big Year. Travis even has his own blog and Twitter account for you to monitor his movements! Check there for some great photos of some of the birds seen through Travis' lenses.

[caption id="attachment_4032" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Tom Johnson's photo of a Crested Auklet on St. Paul Island. Travis helped spot it!"]Tom Johnson's photo of a Crested Auklet on St. Paul Island. Travis helped spot it![/caption]

After the Traveling Trinovid left our store last week, it made a flight to Alaska,  and to one of North America's most remote birding destinations: St. Paul Island. There, Travis got #400: the Black-Legged Kittiwake.  And that life list is growing.  Not bad to have such an adventure, right?  Not to mention, to be handled by some of the most well-known and enthusiastic people in birding. Check the blog to find out whom!

Happy travels, Travis! And to quote Dr. Suess: "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

Nina Cheney
Eagle Optics Staff
Binoculars: Bring them. See what they bring you.


  1. Nina, Glad y'all got to meet Travis. We'll have to get them back up your way and you should take 'em birding. You can call her Trina in those posts if you prefer! :)

  2. Been using a Leica APO Televid 82 mm spotting scope with a Leica D-Lux 4 point-and-shoot camera for several years now. They are the best you can get!

  3. Just a slight orrection. In your Owls with Al entry it was stated that Bob Dylan was born in Hibbing, MN. He was actually born in Duluth, MN. and raised in Hibbing. I know nitpicking!


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