The one where we talk about ‘misID/hoaxers’: we look at The Sun’s ‘Portsmouth Penguin’; we move smoothly onto an ID cock-up by one of our own; glide effortlessly into discussing hoaxes, lies, and downright shysters; shudder to a halt as we wonder why someone called Joe Pell wouldn’t come on and talk to us; head up a diversion to ‘singing butterflies’ and DairyleaTM cheese slices; then get back on track again as we set the record straight about the Bolton Abbey Rock Bunting. We also have a pre-recorded interview with BugLife about earwigs.
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And your Panel today consists of…
- 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 that more and more people appear to now be listening to.
- 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“.
- Tom McKinney, the Derbyshire-based birder and award-winning musician who founded The House of Bedlam and gigs as part of Tango 5, and author of the much-missed Skills Bills blog. Tom now blogs weekly at Birdingblogs.com/TomMcKinney.
- Nick Moran, an expat Yorkshireman living in Norfolk, where he runs BirdTrack at the BTO. Nick spent most of the noughties birding and occasionally teaching Biology in China and the UAE; he is an OSME Council member and secretary and voting member on the Emirates Bird Records Committee which keeps him in touch with Middle East birding.
- ‘Lost Penguin spotted in the Solent’: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3851746/P-P-P-Portsmouth.html
- Richard Meinertzhagen on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Meinertzhagen (with links to the Hasting Rarities)
- Tristan Reid’s ‘Giving my Right Arm’ Appeal for Turkey: http://www.justgiving.com/givingmyrightarm
Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita.
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