Monday, August 21, 2006

Birdfair 2006

With no stand at Birdfair anymore Liz and I decided to sponsor our Gambian bird guide friend, Kebba Sosseh, to bring him over to Britain to stay with us for a month and to attend the Birdfair this year.

Having Kebba in tow was a great way to see the fair as in the 18 years of attending, this was the first time I had ever been round! And its fab!

Here are a few pics of Kebba enjoying his first time in England and first Birdfair, and a few of the highlights for Liz and me.

Kebba with Birdseekers and Ultimate Pelagics Adam Kennedy

Kebba looking at around the art marquee

THe Birdfair mural in progress

The Gambian Bird Guides football team including across the back row (from left) familiar guides - Solomon Jallow (Manager!), Kebbah Sosseh, Sering Bojang, Dembo Sonko and Tombong - they go on to reach the semis where they are beaten by the eventual winners, Wildwings.

Marking out the pitch

Playing against Birdwatch magazine

The end of the tournament is not the damp squibb it seems!

Kebba on the Speyside Wildlife stand

Kebba with Speyside friends Bonnie, Emma and Malcolm

Nichola Theakston's fantadtic ceramics stand

Hair having a wee scratch

Part of the audience come to 'Challenge the Leica Leaders' event

Team 1 - Ricardo Hevia (Spain), Arnoud van den Berg (The Netherlands) and Marek Borkowski (Poland) with BBC's Stephen Moss in foreground (out of picture, Team 2 - Ian Sinclair (South Africa), Andrea Corso (Italy) and Steve Dudley (Farcet Fen!)

Liz, Kebba, Mrs Sinclair and a rather surprised gent watch the Leica Leaders being challenged!

Trolley art frog

Trolley art ratty (water vole)

Trolley art butterbump (bittern)

The Gambian's Birdfair stand (Kebba in yellow sleeves and Dembo Sonko sat)

The finished Birdfair mural

Close up of the two sides of the finished mural

More to come!

1 comment:

Bill of the Birds said...

Hi Steve;

Nice blog! Sorry we did not meet up at the BirdFair. I would have enjoyed talking with you.

I was wondering if you know what the BirdFair does with the artists mural? Is it auctioned off for the conservation cause? Can't seem to determine this from the BirdFair website.

All best wishes,
Bill Thompson, III
(Bill of the Birds)