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A weekend at Birdfair UPDATE Answered

Friday morning (in about 8 of your English hours), I'll be heading to BirdFair for the weekend.

See you there? Watch for the guy wearing a Robot tee-shirt; come say hello if you see me.

UPDATE

Awww. am I the only UK birder on the site?

Still, it was fun weekend - arrived Friday morning, met my Dad at the coffee stall, and 30 seconds later we bumped into the guide from his last trip to Guyana!

As well as gazzillions of pounds-worth of optical equipment to drool over (the Swaro 'scope I liked cost nearly as much as my car), there were birding holiday destinations all over the planet (the Equadorians were over the moon because Brits can now fly there via Mexico instead of having to go through the US immigration fuss twice (and coming back is worse)). We're now considering Le Perche as a destination, so that I can go birding while the others go to EuroDisney.

Numerous talks and lectures.

Just a Linnet. Non-UK readers won't get the reference, but it's a lot funnier than it sounds in print, especially when one of the contestants (Nick Baker) doesn't know the rules...

Call my Ruff (another British thing) (I didn't get to it)

Talks by all sorts of birders and naturalists. The couple who spent 2008 visiting 27 countries in one calendar year to see just over 4300 species and set a world record (beating the previous (American) holder into a cocked hat). The chap who is re-introducing European beaver to Scotland, a dragonfly-spotting workshop (I found a pair of male Brown Hawkers (Aeshna grandis) having a territorial fight!), and a talk from Chris Packham about how much he cheats with his "wildlife" photography - photoshop is his friend!)

It was a grand weekend, and I'll go again, but not for a couple of years, unless I happen to be passing on a Sunday (free entry for RSPB members on Sundays).

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stephenniall
stephenniall

11 years ago

Ooh while your out a couple of guys from here can storm your Shed !

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Reply 11 years ago

Done and dusted.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

Oh, no. I haven't even started a life-list.

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I_am_Canadian
I_am_Canadian

Reply 11 years ago

Its not a bad idea... Ive sorta started... I took a quiz yesterday, and it says that I can properly identify around 140 Canadian birds! I'm so proud... Sounds like a good time. Have you ever gone on a bird tour (out of the country)?

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Yes I can see the stalls selling optics, hats, and the irrelevant just like the steam fair I said I'd go to tomorrow 'cos they have a "wall of death"... L

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Unexpectedly, almost all the stalls were relevant! Birding organisations, birding holidays, conservation groups, equipment (I was rather taken by a combined hide/campchair), and thousands upon thousands of pounds of optical and digital equipment (which I didn't buy).

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

There was the usual stalls at this event, but more besides like big Meccano models and stuff. Wall O'Death was good. L

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 11 years ago

Did they have any good avian recipes?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Oddly, no. (Unless you count the chicken stir-fry being sold in the catering tent.)

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 11 years ago

No Spotted Owl Surprise? No Filet of Finch? No Warbler-in-a-Wok? What's this world coming to???

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Goodhart
Goodhart

11 years ago

Sounds like fun. But...what is symbolic with the grayed out DoDo bird?

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ll.13
ll.13

Reply 11 years ago

make like a dodo?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

make extinct?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

The Fair raises money for a selected charity every year, and this year the focus was on preventing birds going extinct, hence the Dodo.

(The Herring gull (Larus argentatus), considered a rat-like pest by non-birders, has actually decreased by over 60% in the last decade)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Ah, thank you for clearing that up.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

11 years ago

Oh, bother, I haven't a thing to wear...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Really? I don't think the birds would mind even if you clashed ;-)

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

11 years ago

I wonder if birdman will show up (look it up on wikipedia, you will figure out what I am talking about after reading the list.)