Visit to the British Birdwatching Fair
Rutland Water, UK
20th - 23rd August 2009
Here is a sample of photos taken during a trip to the 2009 British Birdwatching Fair, in Rutland Water, near Oakham, UK.
I attended as a representative of Aves Argentinas (bird conservation NGO and BirdLife partner) and for helping out at the stand of the Argentine National Tourist Board.
The Fair is held right next to a wonderful nature reserve, with lagoons and numerous hides, so on brief visits to the shore I was able to see and photograph a number of interesting species, and clocking up about 12 lifers.
Many thanks go to the National Tourist Board (Instituto Nacional de Promoción Turística - INPROTUR) for having made this trip possible.
Thanks for visiting this page - Alec Earnshaw
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British Birdwatching Fair
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British Birdwatching Fair The Food Court at the British Birdwatching Fair.
Feeding oneself is of utmost importance, so placed first!
The weather was excellent all through the fair.
A highlight for me: to attend the conference on The Big Twitch, by Alan and Ruth, who birded through 2008, day in and day out and the world over, and went on to beat the world record by sighting 4,341 different bird species. Three cheers to you!
When they came through Buenos Aires I had helped them get a few of these. Alan also helped out at another major event in which I enjoyed taking part: the Leica "Advanced Digiscoping" workshop.
The Great Birdfair Mural "Birds of Rutland Water" is painted by wonderful artists during the 3-day event, for all to see. Here it stands about 50% done. An artist contributing to the mural. The finished mural at the end of the last day of the fair. Outside Marquee 1
The guys who did it! Tim Appleton and Martin Davies delivered a short and to-the-point speech at the inauguration cocktail on Thursday 20th. One cannot avoid feeling so happy for them, for what they have achieved, their 21st consecutive Birdfair.
Rutland Water Nature Reserve View of the Rutland lagoons taken from one of the hides. View from inside Crake Hide, where I got some decent shorebird photos. No nonsense on the way to the hides!
The Argentine National Tourist Board stand, this year at Marquee 1 - slot #6 Burley Manor as seen from the hide best placed to see the nesting Ospreys. The Rutland Water nature reserve has a well-populated bird feeder!
Following is a selection of 68 photos covering 25 species of birds, as well as 1 mammal and 1 butterfly species
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis
Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula
Shelduck (juv.) - Tadorna tadorna
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Coot - Fulica atra
Lapwing - Vanellus vanellus
Green Sandpiper - Tringa ochropus
Greenshank - Tringa nebularia
Common Tern - Sterna hirundo
Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus
Woodpigeon - Columba palumbus
Jackdaw - Corvus monedula
Robin - Erithacus rubecula
Greenfinch - Carduelis chloris
Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis
Chaffinch (2 male + 1 female) - Fringilla coelebs
Great Tit - Parus major
Blue Tit - Parus caeruleus
Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus collybita
Weasel - Mustela nivalis
Painted Lady - Vanessa cardui
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