Exciting Wild Turducken News!

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As I mentioned in my High Mountain Zoom talk for The Nature Conservancy  I may have stumbled onto a major discovery.

While hiking near the summit recently, I found a huge turducken-like feather with a quarter next to it  (see image below, note quarter) -- the 25-cent coin is a well-known turducken calling card.IMG_0074

A few days later, I came across what could be the first-ever Wild Turducken egg found in the wild (see photo above, note telltale quarter).

I have been seeking these elusive birds for years, ever since Joe Koscielny spotted one at the Celery Farm -- but to no avail.

I have tried every fowl and owl call known to science, including a Wild Haggis call imported from Scotland (see below, upper right), but have not been able to lure a wily Turducken yet.

I have notified the state about the egg discovery and sent the egg for DNA testing. I am told that because of the flood of Coronavirus testing, the lab probably won't report back to next spring -- perhaps by early April. You can read more about Wild Turduckens here.

Stay tuned!

(By the way, you can view my High Mountain Zoom talk here-- it's better quality than the Facebook Live version),

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The U.K.'s Virtual Birdfair Starts Today


Birdfair Bond TalkThe Birdfair is the United Kingdom's largest birding event,  typically attracting thousands of visitors.

Billed as the "the world's largest fundraising fair," the event has raised roughly $5 million for a wide range of conservation projects worldwide.

Because of the pandemic, the event has gone virtual, and it runs today through Aug. 23.Birdfair logo

What's more, the organizers have made it free for birders all around the world to see all the events.

You can enter the virtual fair here

I am tickled to present a short talk about the real James Bond and Caribbean conservation on Friday. I will post a link to the talk then.

Like all the other 2020 Birdfair presentations,  my illustrated will be available for viewing until mid-November.

So check it out -- free of charge.

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For More Information

RealJamesBond_CVR(1)Following up on several things I mentioned in my Zoom talk for Bergen County Camera today (Saturday) ...  

You can order a signed copy of The Real James Bond here.

You can contact Matt Wozniak of Conserve Wildlife Foundation about contributing your N.J. wildlife photos to CWF's social media campaign at  matt.wozniak (at) conservewildlifenj.org 

You can read the interactive e-book I did about Bald Eagles for Duke Farms and Conserve Wildlife Foundation here.

You can see my Cuba photo e-book here.BIrd Police badge

You can see the e-book I did last year featuring my "Bird Watcher" columns for The Record here.

You can contact Katie Andersen about ordering a "BIrd Police" sticker or badge at birderkmandersen (at) hotmail.com. 

(Thanks, Bergen County Camera!)


My Talk for Bergen Co. Camera

BCC Zoom talk 080820Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 7.11.12 AMDuring my presentation for Bergen County Camera last Saturday, I talked about taking photos at the Celery Farm, Mill Creek Marsh, DeKorte Park and other North Jersey nature spots. I also discussed the photos in my new book, The Real James Bond.

You can buy a signed copy of my book at Bergen County Camera in Westwood.

You can watch a replay of my talk here.

Other links I discussed during my talk are here.


My Column: Every Picture Tells a Story

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Four years ago, I wrote a "Bird Watcher" column for The Record about crows raiding Wood Duck nests at the Celery Farm.

I wasn't sure what was going on, but I did take a pretty cool photo (above).

My column today -- to coincide with my 9:30 a.m. Zoom talk for Bergen County Camera -  is what I've learned --(and still haven't learned) about ducks and crows since then.

I'll also talk about many of the photos I took for The Real James Bond.

You can read the column here:

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You can register for my talk here.


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

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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.

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The Real James Bond & the Bay of Pigs Part II

Yesterday I posted three photos from the Bay of Pigs -- 1 reminded of the real James Bond and two reminded me of the secret agent.

Here are my answers:

Cuban taxi 57-DSCN9899-004This old car was probably around when the real James Bond visited Cuba in 1960. It has some icons on the side window that reminded me of the secret agent:

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Certainly the martini glass, if not the icon on the right. And the third one was obvious:

Bay of Pigs license plate 57-DSCN9831-002(I'll be talking about these photos and more during my free Zoom talk for Bergen County Camera on Saturday, Aug. 8. You can learn more here.