Just back from a hectic and enjoyable couple of days at the British Birdwatching Fair. The event is an intoxicating combination of the Grand Bazaar in Istambul, a Turkish bath, a mega twitch in October and Tescos on Saturday morning. And why, oh why, does almost everyone go around with at least one pair of binoculars dangling round their neck?
The BirdGuides stand featured a fine display of body piercing. Pictured is Dave Leech, head of the BTO's Nest Record Scheme sporting rings in both ear lobe and nostril. And lower down is Lee Evans, wearing a fine crucifix earring, imparting words of wisdom to Alan Tilmouth (kneeling in homage) of Dusted Off Bins fame.
Both Dave and Lee were with us to show off new titles launched at the Birdfair. Dave Leech and his colleagues at the BTO have provided extensive input to our interactive guide to Breeding Birds, presenting almost 9,000 photographs collected over several decades by Peter and Richard Castell.
Lee Evans was signing copies of his new book: The Ultimate Site Guide to Scarcer British Birds. This 3rd edition has been extensively expanded and revised. It has been almost 10 years since the previous edition was published, and the new edition was in great demand.