Leander Khil

ornithologist - conservation biologist - author - filmmaker

photo courtesy of Mari Gray

photo courtesy of Manuel Stark

Current projects (2019-2023):

Film "Wild Subtentants - Conservation of Birds and Bats in Vienna" - watch here

Book "Birdwatching" (German) - Kosmos Verlag

TV documentary "Life on the Wing" - ORF Universum

Book "Unsere Vogelwelt" (German) - Servus Verlag

Book "Birds of Austria" (German) - 2nd edition, Kosmos Verlag

TV documentary  "Urban Wildlife - Mysterious Animals in City Parks" (German) – 3sat

Book "Handbook of Birdwatching" (German) - Kosmos Verlag

TV documentary "Bird Conservation in Austria" (German) - 3sat

TV documentary "Feathered Friends" - ORF Universum
Short film series "gobirdingvlog" - youtube
TV documentary "From the Steppes to the Alps-Birds in Austria" (German) - 3sat


>> Publications / Talks / Photo exhibitions


My life has been revolving about nature, birds in particular, since I can remember. What may have started as a rather unusual children's pastime with watching garden birds after school in my hometown Graz, Austria, turned into a life-defining pursuit.

Passing on this fascination for nature and generating appreciation for animals, plants and habitats is at the center of many projects of mine.

Currently I'm focusing on writing, filmmaking, conservation, BirdLife Austria's Avifaunistic Committee, bird ringing and other research projects.

I guide private birding tours in the Lake Neusiedl-Seewinkel region (book through St. Martins Lodge). Tours in other locations take place several times a year.


Photography accompanies me nearly as long as does birdwatching. My photographic work not only aims at documenting natural history. I also put emphasis on the aesthetics of my wildlife photography. Images haven been and are being published in media around the world.

Being born in a family of printers, graphic design and layout have been influencing my work at all time.

Birding with Swarovski Optik, films produced in 2019 and 2015.