Wednesday, 31 August 2016



Trying  out different scopes and binoculars, some visitors to the optics marquee were able to watch  one or both of two great white egrets that were present. During the weekend, a long-tailed duck also turned up - but at a different part of Rutland Water.
THE optics marquee at Birdfair is always  favourite destination for  visitors - especially those with money to spend.

The great thing is that the range of  binoculars, digiscopes and photographic equipment - plus accessories - is extensive, allowing the opportunity to compare and contrast what is on offer.

The brand leaders are probably still the likes of Leica, Swarovski and Zeiss, but plenty of other manufacturers and distributors also boast excellent products.

These include: Benro Tripods, Bushnell Performance Optics, Hawke Sport Optics, In Focus,  Kite Optics, Kowa Optimed, Lenscoat, Meopta Optika, Minox GB, Nikon UK, Opticron, Optics Tripod Chair, Panasonic, Park Cameras, RK Photographic and Viking Optical.

Evidently, high-profile wildlife documentary maker Simon King has some sort of sponsorship arrangement with Zeiss because, in conjunction, they even had an individual marquee of their own.

When he was not escorting osprey-spotting cruises on Rutland Water or giving talks elsewhere at Birdfair, it was within this dedicated marquee that the 52-year-old was to be found, giving talks and signing copy of his book, Nature Watch - How to Track and Observe Wildlife.

Could that be a water rail? Over the three days of Birdfair, one was intermittently  seen from the optics marquee, sometimes being chased by moorhens?

Author and cameraman Simon King describes some of his tracking techniques . . .

. . and his audience was captivated by what he had to say

A superb range of optical equipment was on sale at the Viking Optical stand which also had a trade-in desk

A much-appreciated  feature in the marquee - Zeiss had its own service desk

Back to Simon King - here signing copies of his book

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