Popular birdwatching fiction

To: Andrew <>, birding-aus <>
Subject: Popular birdwatching fiction
From: Ronald Orenstein <>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 09:46:12 -0500
At 07:49 PM 16/11/00 +1000, Andrew wrote:
I'm 40 yrs old.  Like the venerable JAG, I don't always agree with what
Andrew Stafford writes.  However, I think he makes a very salient point
when he implies that there is no "cool" birding character in popular

Well, it's stretching a point, but James Bond is actually named after the late curator of birds at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, author of "Birds of the West Indies". When Fleming was writing the first Bond book he was living in Jamaica, had the field guide and wrote the real Bond asking for permission to use his name (Bond's wife later wrote a book about it, "How James Bond got his name". which includes a hilarious parody by Kenneth Parkes combining the real and fictional Bonds (the composite is, of course, a student of Parus major).

I met the real-life Bond at the 1966 IOC in Oxford. The last time I was in Philadelphia, the staff at the information desk of the Museum did not even know that the original James bond had once worked there.

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