The Bird Fair


The Major and I visited the Bird Fair at Rutland Water this weekend. Always a jolly event. Major Dickie spotted a pair of young birds pushing their tea wagon very early on in the proceedings. A very pretty pair of specimens in shorts, long socks and Wellies and tight T-shirts. Their tea trolley was very popular!

The Bird Fair is an annual event and well worth visiting for all manner of kit and information on Birding holidays and other interesting stuff! There were 6 Marquees this year plus the ever popular Art Marquee where the artists display their talents. We always visit this tent as we have a friend – John Gale – who is a brilliant bird artist. His work – and the photography work of his brother Paul – can be seen on Gallery of birds – truly wonderful! … John sells prints of his work – which are fantastic value – and beautiful.

We saw Bill Oddie pottering around and also had a brief chat to Simon King who was on the Zeiss stand. The stand was showing a film of his about the Bushmen. As you know, dear reader, we are very interested in the Bushmen so we pottered up to have a chat. He told us he had spent 6-8 weeks with a tribe in Botswana . Sadly he didn’t seem to feel it necessary to be involved with Survival International. A shame as he had obviously benefitted from the experience – not only spiritually but (I imagine) financially.

We collected lots of brochures and worked our way round marquees selling cameras, binoculars and telescopes, books and bird feeders to mention just a few of the stalls. We bought kit – naturally! This in the form of tripods for both of us and a piece of sound recording equipment .

Returned home in good order!

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