The MadBird Fair (Madrid Bird Fair) was the first of it's kind in Madrid and indeed, was a birdfair after my own heart as it was totally urban. It was free to enter for the general public and had the usual blend of optical, tourism and arts and crafts.
My role was to give a talk on urban birding. I felt embarrassed not being able to speak Spanish. In reality, I had a proper interpreter relaying my poor gags to the assembled Spanish crowd. Although feeling like I was speaking at a UN gathering the talk was very well received. I loved the talk and loved being at the Fair under the hot Madrid sun.
I can't wait to go to next year's MadBird - if I'm invited!
Madrid is a magnificent city
The attentive Natalia, one of the organisers. She looked after me beautifully!
My good friend, the delectable Vanesa Palacios from Extremadura Tourism
Vanesa's last slide at her talk
Some of my assembled crowd
Around the fair
Part of a marquee
Not tons of people but it was still generally well attended
A Spotless Starling in a nearby park
A immature Green Woodpecker of the soon to be split Iberian race