Birds in Lord of the Rings movie

To: Trevor Hampel <>, Birding-Aus <>
Subject: Birds in Lord of the Rings movie
From: Callan Cohen <>
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 13:52:58 +0200
Dear Trevor and others,

On 12/30/01 1:41 PM, "Trevor Hampel" <> wrote:
> I saw the movie Lord of the Rings last Friday. Great yarn.
> During the film I was aware of a few bird calls but not being very familiar
> with NZ birds the calls meant little to me.

I noticed that the woods of Middle Earth were also complete with Willow
Warblers in full song (Phylloscopus trochilus, Palaearctic migrant that
winters in Africa), and that huge condor (?) that sweeps Gandalf away gives
the cry of the (American) Red-tailed Hawk!

Best wishes over the New Year,

Callan Cohen                   Percy FitzPatrick Institute
        of African Ornithology,
Tel: +27 21 683 1898             University of Cape Town,
Mobile: +27 83 256 0491               South Africa.
Fax: +27 21 671 2990

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