Friday, 15 August 2014

Rutland BirdFair 2014!

It took some seriously fast editing and typing to get this blog uploaded before I have to go to bed!
It has been an amazing day at the annual Bird Fair today at Rutland waters. I met loads of great wildlife filmmakers and presenters such as Chris Packham, Bill Oddie, Simon King and Kate Mcrae! They were all extremely friendly and encouraging about my passion about wildlife and photography. I managed to give them my details so hopefully they will see my blog (they may even be reading this post now!) Kate Mcrae (WildlifeKate) was brilliant to talk to, and she even suggested that I came to visit her patch which I'm really excited about! Some other things I did today included buying some new HandyKam equipment to improve my bird boxes for next spring, went to watch Chris Packhams lecture 'The Beautiful and the Dammed', and met some very kind, like-minded people.

Here are just a few photos from today:

This was my first time at Bird Fair, and I was extremely surprised about how many people went! It was amazing to see so many people interested in the natural world, like me.

One of the many hides around Rutland Waters!
I did some quick experiments on photoshop, using a few pictures of a grey heron which I took in the Mallard hide above.

Ringing Demo

Kate Mcrae (WildlifeKate)

Bill Oddie

Simon King
That's the end of day one! I returned to Bird Fair on the saturday and embarked on another day of purchasing, education and meeting others. I went to a lecture by Matthew Gordon (one of the producers of programs such as "Spy in the huddle" and "Earth flight." It was very interesting to learn about the remote controlled spy-cams!

At the BTO bird ringing stand, I got to release one of their newly ringed captures! It was brilliant to be able to hold such a delicate bird. You can do a course in bird ringing and get a qualification at the end allowing you to study birds up-close  and help study their populations.

Chris Packham was one of the main attractions at this Bird Fair! Here is the queue we had to wait in to listen to one of his lectures… 
It was very worthwhile though!

Bird Fair was such a great, unique experience! I will definitely be back next year!!!