This has been the day I have been waiting for, for a long time, finally a visit to the Bird Fair at Rutland. The views of the water from some of the binocular stands were fantastic and the Cormarants put on a great show for us.
As I moved round the marquees everyone was very helpful and had lots of interesting information to share. They were also testing my knowledge. There was one man from Turkey who tested me with some turkish birds and I got quite alot of the right, well the correct species at least (and some of these birds were very strange). He gave me a special pin to wear.
As the day went on I collected loads of free stuff, magazines, and a new pair of binoculars which I went to try out in one of the hides and saw an Osprey for the first time, which was amazing. I even got to see it dive. (pictures above and below).
I really enjoyed visiting the BTO stand and went to ask about ringing (which I might start training for sooner or later). Some of the things there were amazing, especially the different sizes of rings for all the different species of birds. I tried to match each of the rings to each species of bird.
Throughout the day I met some really friendly and helpful people including the binoculars selling person and a very helpful person called Paul from Chatterbirds (we talked about blogs).
I also visited the stand for the Woodland Trust, Wildlife Trust and RSPB as I am a member of them all.
anOver all the day has been great, but a bit too warm and very tiring. I can't wait to go again next year. I would never have known about the fair if it wasn't for one of Andrew's (Rambles With A Camera) blogs.