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August 2020

Free E-Books: Cuba, Duke Farms, Bird Watcher

In conjunction with my free Zoom talk for Bergen County Camera this weekend, I am posting links to three of my free photo-driven online e-books.

In November 2016, while researching my "Real James Bond" book, I visited Cuba with the Caribbean Conservation Trust.

You can flip through my photo e-book from the trip here.

Last year I did an e-book featuring my "Bird Watcher" columns for The Record. You can view it here.

The most amazing one is the interactive one I did about Bald Eagles for Duke Farms a few years back. You can view it here.

You can register for my free Zoom talk, "Every Picture Tells a Story,"  here.

Learn more about my book The Real James Bond and order a signed copy here.

Music to Help the Caribbean's Endangered Birds

Screen Shot 2020-08-04 at 9.46.03 AMLast month I wrote a post about a new album that helps endangered birds of the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.

The Guardian just did an article about the album, and the headline tells the story:

Chirp to arms: musicians record album
to help conserve endangered birds

The album incorporates endangered birds' calls into the music.

The article begins with my favorite song, "Black Catbird,"  by the Belizean group the Garifuna Collective.

You can read the article here.

My post on the album is here.

James Bond and Clear-winged Moths

When I photographed a Hummingbird Clear-winged Moth on Bee Balm recently, I had forgotten the likely connection between the real James Bond and the insect.

On most days, it was staring me right in the face. I own two fine-arts prints featuring the birds of Screen Shot 2020-07-21 at 12.47.56 PMMount Desert Island by Bond's uncle, Carroll Sargent Tyson Jr. Both prints hang in places of honor in my house.

One of the prints features an American Redstart family, an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and a ... Hummingbird Clear-winged Moth. (See right and below).

Since a young James Bond is said to have collected the birds that Tyson depicted in the prints, why wouldn't he have collected the insects as well?

As a naturalist for the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Bond collected all sorts of fauna for the academy -- from small fish to large bird eggs to assorted reptiles --  during his trips to the West Indies.

A Hummingbird Clear-winged Moth would have been right up his alley.