Bringing you the heroes of UEA's birding "scene", past and present....
Dr Dave "Trousers" Smith
Entomologist, cetologist, orca publicist, trouser-wearer and occasional spanner.
Being the first human in history to get all four limbs stuck in the same rock crevice on Wingletang Down.
Famous quote: "Is Biscay in the southern hemisphere?" (shortly before being put in charge of Biscay's marine life by popular children's conservation organisation "ORCA")
Non-reformed twitcher, bornean schoolgirl’s fancy, brewer’s christmas bonus.
Famous quote: (very shortly after finding bluethroat and short toed lark on fair isle) "This is shit i'm off back to bed".
Stressed eric, flea wannabe, reformed twitcher and future EGI chicken-sperm professor.
“Bloddy hell, that’s a bobolink! Yeah, jeesus a bobolink!!!! Brilliant! Where’s my phone… Wait a minute, was that a bobolink? Yeah, course it was! Err, was it? Err, maybe not. No. No, course it wasn’t. Was it???? B*llocks, where’s my pills. Nah, not a bobolink, come on. Bobolink? Course not. Sorry. Everyone go home. Nothing to see here. Hold on, what’s that over there? Bloody bobolink!!”
Dr Ilya Mclean
Scottish (very). BTO/WEBS desk monkey, stats guru and arch moonlighter.
Jamming in on falls. Jamming in on kites. Surviving for months on end in
Famous quote: “You think this is crap, you should try birding in Lothian.”
Blondie, osprey supremo, part-time romantic, and all-round
Falling in love 12 times during one calender month. Playing 3rd XI hockey. Undertaking the 'Irish challenge' before a bar of bloodthirsty, prejudiced Kerrymen. Undertaking the 'every drink in the union challenge'. Undertaking any alcohol-related challenge. Looking like a Scandinavian. Never speaking to any of his friends. Having at least 18 brothers. Pretending to like birds.
Famous Quote: "Just take my f***** car then you bastards. I'm pissed" (2am); "Where's my f***** car you bastards?" (10am).
Full time non-birder, part time non-twitcher, celebrated rap artist, “got you all in check”.
Being another RBA “voice of the birds”. Never going birding. Being the spitting image of the greek god Zeus. Knowing if a band is going to be cool before they’ve finished writing their first song.
Dr Tom Gray
Part genius, part village-idiot, Birdlife bustard tzar, went to
Living in Porthhellick hide for two weeks eating only cow parsley and gorse. Giving an interview on Anglia TV about the provenance of a famous owl, whilst posing as an employee of a famous falconry centre. Uncanny ability to avoid paying petrol money. Currently being worshipped as a low-level deity by villagers in parts of rural
Famous quote: "Will I fail my PhD if the floricans go extinct in the next two years?"
Dr David Edwards.
Seeing more bird species than everyone else, and not remembering their names. Never going birding in
Famous quote: (after overhearing a discusson about the music of soul-legend Aretha Franklin) "Aretha Francolin - didn't I see that in Kenya?"
Three words: gay birders club.
Haemorrhaging news. Being the future hub of
Famous quote: "I can't hang out with you lot, you're far too controversial"
Raconteur, wordsmith, professional, “only in it for the birds”
Not going to UEA. Enjoying geese and refreshers. Haemorrhaging news. Being the current hub of
Famous quote: “The internet is for geeks and paedophiles”.
Oldschool badass, black sheep, custodian of our nation's youth
Being there in the good old days, when BBRC members had to scrape the blood stains and heroin residue off rares descriptions before they could read them. Posting 2,365 messages on bird forum about that fall on blakeney. Posting 92, 848 other messages on Birdforum. Using fear, intimidation and violence in order to generate revenue for Oriental Bird Club conservation projects.
Famous quote: "It's going to be like that then, is it?" (uttered seconds after receiving a heavy tackle during a friendly kick-about, and seconds before delivering an extremely heavy life-threatening lunge tackle during the same friendly kick-about)
Doncastrian, token yoof, ex horny-teen-birder chat-back member.
Liking bands with werrd sounding names like Freezer-hedge, maintaining dignity in the face of adversity, holding his own in competition with seasoned professionals.... watch this space.