12 November 2011 – from Canon to Bredasdorp

The day started with the Canon EOS Roadshow at the Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town for which Trevor has been asked to be one of the guest speakers. We got there reasonably early to do all the sound checks, etc, and had a few minutes to spare. Like children, we found the glass lifts a source of entertainment. Well known for their beautiful view, we took the quick ride up the one side with the stunning view of our recently constructed Cape Town Stadium and then down the other side with the spectacular view of one of the new 7 natural wonders of the world, Table Mountain.

View towards Cape Town Stadium from the glass lift

View of Table Mountain from the glass lift

Then it was time to focus and get back to the venue. The show was fantastic. It started with Abri Kriegler giving us the latest on the compact cameras. We were fortunate enough to see the Canon S100 at dinner the night before and I must say that I was very impressed. The colours were unbelievable! Definitely on my Christmas list!

Next was the latest on the DSLR cameras and lenses by Roger Machin and WOW! I can see that we are going to have to make some space in the cupboard for the new 1DX. It sounds absolutely amazing! And then, next year the new 200-400 F4 lens will be released…it’s going to be an expensive year!

Then it was Trevor (the bird guy) and Lee Slabber’s (the wildlife guy) turns to showcase some of their awesome photos. They both did exceptionally well. One day when I’m big, I hope to take photos like they do!

Introducing the bird and wildlife guys...

After the roadshow, we headed east to see if we could locate the latest vagrant to the Western Cape. A Groundscraper Thrush was found in Bredasdorp earlier in the week and would be a new Western Cape bird for both Trevor and I. Fortunately, the wait wasn’t too long. As we arrived, Sharon and Heynè Brink were kind enough to point the bird out to us, but then it took off and it seemed like an eternity before we got the opportunity to be able to capture it in pixels. He performed very well in the late afternoon sun. Mission accomplished!

Our accomodation for the night was kindly courtesy of Wessel van Zyl and was perfect. After a quick bite to eat at a local restaurant, Julian’s, it wasn’t necessary to count too many sheep…

Groundscraper Thrush

Groundscraper Thrush

Groundscraper Thrush

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~ by hardakerwildlife on November 16, 2011.

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