Had a good day out yesterday with Trevor, at Birdfair.
Joined a few clubs, signed a 'cruelty against animals' petition, entered some competitions, missed an amazing picture opportunity, (actually, didn't take many at all), blagged a couple of freebies, and spent loads of dosh.
We got there early, so had some refreshments, provided by hairy towers, a quick wander round a field, and then it was time to get in.
It's basically tons of stalls in marquees, on a big nature reserve.
The marquees house everything from wildlife charities, commercial birding products, (books, videos, scopes, binoculars, etc.), birding holiday tour operators, (I entered a competition to win a holiday in Texas; with the promise from 'Audury', that she'd get me a big hat if I win), photographers, flogging their wares, and everything else in-between.
Various 'birding' celebrities about; some selling, some mingling, and some doing talks .......... we watched some of Simon King's, who came across as a very genuine person. I liked the way he had all the kids down the front, so they wouldn't miss anything.
Yea, nice bloke.
The freebies were from a couple of 'birding' magazines. They usually have special offers at these places, if you subscribe to their magazine. Since I already subscribe to a couple, I said, 'what do I get?'
A book from one, and a pocket magnifier from another.
One of the people there, was the infamous twitcher, Lee Evans.
(not the comedian; but he did look funny)
Oh, how I wished I'd taken a picture.
Dressed in a dodgy looking striped jacket, and a pair of shades Elton John would have killed for, he looked every inch a ............ well, I thought twat.
Here's a picture someone put on twitter today.
Different jacket ........ same shades.
If I was married, I would hope my wife would say to me, ' Jeeez, you ain't going out like that, are you?!'
The big money went on another new toy.
I've always fancied a Trail Cam.
One of those things you set up, leave it, and it takes pictures or video, of what passes in front of it.
I had to try it out last night, to see what goes on in my garden, while I'm tucked up in bed. I knew I had a hedgehog visit; but what else?
A short video. First attempt, and I'm still fumbling with this piece of fairly expensive bit of kit. It won't let me download what it's captured, unless I go round the houses. A minor annoyance for now.
Here's last night.
It would seem the local cats are killing my small rodents.
So, a pretty good day. A three day event. Would I go again?
Would I go for the three days in the future?
Well, we saw everything in the time we were there. If there were 'talks' I was interested in, yea, probably. It is on a nature reserve, so I could always wander round there anyway.
All in all, it was an experience; with a few characters thrown in.