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March 5, 2017

Extreme Birding: Can the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Be Found in Cuba?


Ted Parker, another famed birder, did die, along with premier neotropical botanist Alwyn Gentry and leading Ecuadoran conservationist Eduardo Aspiazu Estrada, in a plane crash doing a treetop survey; so did Phoebe Snetsinger, then the most prolific birder in history, when her van rolled in Madagascar. Nathaniel Gerhart died in 2007 in a car accident in Indonesia—three years after he discovered previously unknown habitat of the Selva Cacique—and so did Siarhei Abramchuk in 2010, from an encephalitis-bearing tick bite in Belarus. Subramanian Bhupathy, head of conservation biology at the Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History in India, died in 2014 after slipping down a hill and landing with a bamboo spike in his eye. - - | Audubon

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 5, 2017 6:11 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Pileated's is sneaky, watch them from afar.

I've seen them up close, under clandestine procedures, and they are down right evil in appearance. How close? Less than 2' away.

They are like your impression of dinosaurs. The eyes are heartless. The mannerism is direct and purposeful. In their world there is only friend or foe, mostly foe. 10 of them could take you out, maybe less.

Posted by: ghostsniper at March 6, 2017 4:22 AM

Screw ornithology. I'm telling my GGkids to shoot for NASCAR driver. Safer.

Posted by: BillH at March 6, 2017 6:49 AM

The woodpecker protection gang is fierce and remorseless.

Posted by: Sam L. at March 6, 2017 7:24 AM

Birding - such a safe hobby.

Posted by: Jimmy J/ at March 6, 2017 3:09 PM

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