TN13 – The Conference Calls: the ‘Orkney Hardback’ episode

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The one where we look at what might happen to a Great Auk off Penzance Harbour, namecheck Dick Twitcher the ornithologist, discuss some favourite bird books, and ask the ever-pertinent question: which one of us has an Orkney Hardback?

Books we discuss include:


Please note that the podcast does contain ‘infrequent uses of mildly bad language’.

Show Notes

So, who did the panel consist of this time around?

  • Me, Charlie Moores, a freelance writer and podcaster and now sadly intermittent birder who either lives in a warm little cottage in north Wiltshire with his family or in a cold ‘podding shed’ editing an endless series of podcasts.
  • John Hague, a birding psychiatric nurse from Barnsley who now lives in Leicester where he’s a prominent member of the Leicester and Rutland Ornithological Society: John blogs extensively at The Drunkbirder where he rants “about the world and the absurdities of life” and “uses some very strong language“. All good stuff…
  • Tom McKinney, the Derbyshire-based birder and award-winning musician who founded The House of Bedlam and gigs as part of Tango 5, and who is also credited with introducing the ‘c’ word to the word of bird blogs while writing his much-missed Skills Bills blog. Tom now blogs weekly at

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About the author

Passionate about animal welfare and conservation, veggie and dairy-free, I live in the Wiltshire (UK) countryside. I co-founded Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Birds Korea. Trustee of the League against Cruel Sports On Twitter @charliemoores


  1. Simon says:

    I’ve always thought Gary Barlow rather than Russel Harty.

  2. Charlie says:

    I’ll take that! (Ha, see what I did there)
    How’s it going? Ready to ditch that american blog and come write on Talking Naturally (not got the traffic yet but at least I won’t demand to keep your content forever)?

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