It's been a long time since we've had an entry here in the vaunted Birders As Art series, so I thought it would be time to revisit it. We are in the midst of a much-ballyhooed Blog Surge after all.
Meet Alex, or as he prefers to be called, "Scar". Alex was with me on Buldir Island for the entire summer. Young Alex (who also prefers to be called "Arex") learned much about how blindingly dorky birdwatchers can be, and did everything he could to perpetuate the stereotypes. Here you can see he is wearing matching field clothes, has a camera with telephoto lens (which he referred to as his "big gun"), and has some sort of ninja mask on. For reasons I don't understand, he is also wearing binoculars, a camera case, a backpack, maybe an ipod (playing nothing but bird calls, I assure you) and God knows what else....which seems inconvenient to me (I enjoy putting stuff down, personally), but goes along with the birder instinct of wearing tons and tons of accessories and accoutrements. Excellent. A classic, stunning example of the obsessed birder.