Birdfair 2012

The annual Birdfair event is currently taking place at Rutland Water here in the UK. I have decided to do a brief article as this event covers wildlife and photography.
This years event runs from friday 17th until sunday 19th August. I went along on the first day to check things out. This is the fourth time I have visited the show over the years. The crowds on friday were not too bad I would expect it gets very busy during the weekend, which was my reason for deciding to go on the friday. Anyone with an interest in birds or wildlife and photography should pay a visit. Some of the work on display is simply stunning!

Art sculptures on display.

Along with the many photographers selling their work there are also artists, painters and sculptors displaying their work. I’m not really interested in paintings or sculptures however even a cynic like myself was very impressed by some of the work on display. There are some very talented people out there.

An opportunity to try out the latest spotting scopes

Many of the optics manufacturers have stands at the show displaying their range of products. Being a bird/wildlife event the emphasis is on binoculars and spotting scopes more than cameras, however both Nikon and Canon were present with all the top gear available to handle. I did hope (now the olympics have finished) that there was the slim chance of the Nikon 800 f5.6 lens on display, however no such luck. Canon had the 200-400 f4 lens on display mounted on a 1DX body. I believe this is a sample lens and not the final product. Park Cameras were also present should you wish to purchase anything. There was a nikon D800E on this stand for anyone complaining of difficulty in obtaining one of these.

The Nikon stand at Birdfair 2012.

inside the optics marquee. Birdfair 2012.

Canon 200-400mm f4 lens. Birdfair 2012.

Canon 200-400mm lens on a 1DX body. Birdfair 2012.

The show is attended by reps from countries all over the world advertising birdwatching and phototours to all corners of the globe.

Trade stand at Birdfair 2012.

One of the stands at Birdfair 2012.

Through-out the day in the lecture marquee there are presentations by well-known professionals and TV personalities. This year Jonathan Scott, Danny Green, Mark Carwardine, Simon King and Bill Oddie are among those giving talks and signing books.

Mark Carwardine gives a presentation at Birdfair 2012.

More info on the show can be found here. http://www.birdfair.org.uk/

Copyright Derek Watt 2012.

View my images at www.derekwatt.co.uk

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