The World Digiscoper Meeting Jan 2015
So, this was the reason that all this meeting of friends and digiscopers was happening. The first one of its kind, ever!
We met at the Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant (www.dixecrossroads.com) and as well as it being my birthday Justin and I were in a room with a lot of people we only knew by name!
Digiscoping greats such as Tara Tanaka, Kevin Bolton, Clay Taylor, Neil Fifer, Roy Halpin, Glenn Kincaid, Dale Forbes, Gudrun Kaufmann, Sharon Stiteler, Jim Eager, Jerry Jourdan, Tom Berriman, Jorg Kretchzmar and of course Robert Wilson were all there.
It was great seeing my good friend and supporter Dale Forbes of Swarovski Optik Europe, and cool to meet Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optik North America for the first time. Clay had taken it upon himself to try and make the days spent together fun and informative. And, for me, it was very much these things.
I also got to spend time talking with my American digiscoping twin in Sharon "The Birdchick" Stiteler. We have so much in common, and for someone who is so well respected worldwide in birding and digiscoping circles she is one of the most down to earth people I know.
Meeting Tara for the first time was a little daunting, but in a good way! Like, come on, how often do you get to shake a two time Digiscoper of the Year winner by the hand?!!
Gudrun was uber cool too! "Gud with an iPhone" is what I cheekily call her as she has done some amazing digiscoping just with her iPhone, and in the last 12 months she has won many prizes!
An added bonus for me was seeing Michaela Leeb from Swarovski Optik Europe. I had met her when I first worked with Swarovski Optik at the Rutland Birdfair , and she had been very kind, so as she missed Rutland last year due to illness it was lovely seeing her. See you at Rutland this year instead Michaela!!
After this we went to see an actual rocket launch from Cape Canaveral! OMG! Look how it lights up the sky! What a way to end my birthday!!