January 08, 2006

War Birds

I'm glad to see that Birding Babylon, a soldier-birder's blog, is still going.

I'm reminded of the time six years ago when an English friend was showing me around Winchester Cathedral. We paused in front of a 19th-century memorial plaque, where a British officer who helped to build Queen Victoria's empire was described as an avid amateur naturalist.

Putting on a plummy accent, my friend pretended to be that officer pointing out the rare Crested-Whatever even as the Zulus/Afghans/Whoever were charging his position. But all joking aside, we liked the idea of his being a soldier-naturalist.

The same with this guy, "J".

Even famed "milblogger" Michael Yon is a birder too.

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