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Posted by vpd 
vpd
Help with visitor
July 29, 2016 03:32AM
Hello,

my name is Victor Debattista, I'm an astronomer at the University of Central Lancashire. This is a bit of an unusual request.

One of my colleagues, John Kormendy, a noted astronomer, is visiting UCLan to give a public talk. Here's his research webpage:

[chandra.as.utexas.edu]

He will be visiting the UK during 26th September to 4th October. Besides being an astronomer, he and his wife are very avid birders and hope to do some birding during the weekend 1-2 October. Unfortunately I have no knowledge of birding. I have a list of birds John and Mary would like to see, the only one of which I recognise being a bittern. They have travelled the world birding and there is a Collins 1995 handbook which they use to mark what they have seen.

My question is is there anyone on this forum who might be interested in the challenge of accompanying John and Mary in their quest to see birds they have not before? I can include the list of birds they have never seen and I gather that even a few of these would make them happy. Anyone accompanying John would learn a bit about black holes, dark matter, and galaxies I'm sure and would also be welcome to the public talk we are organising and the dinner after. John and Mary are prepared for the usual hardships involved, early hours, wading about, patience etc. They don't want to be babysat, they want someone knowledgeable to show them the good spots and join in a bit of birding fun.

Please let me know if you are interested, either through this forum or privately at vpdebattista@gmail.com. Oh and just to prove I'm not trolling, here's me:

[www.star.uclan.ac.uk]

Thanks,

Victor
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