An ornithology guidebook called Birds of the West Indies , by James Bond was where Ian Fleming claimed to have found the name for his spy. “I wanted the simplest, dullest, plainest-sounding name I could find, and ‘James Bond’ was much better than something more interesting, like ‘Peregrine Carruthers’. Exotic things would happen to and around him, but he would be a neutral figure — an anonymous, blunt instrument wielded by a government department,” he said in a Readers’ Digest interview.
I am ready to show you some pictures of birds of Mauritius, taken by our correspondent in the Indian Ocean, handsome French spy Siganus Sutor. What kind of a name is that, Curruthers? Would Sig’s pictures be more credible coming from a dull, plain-sounding alias? No.
I suppose this must be where the birds live.
Seaweed and algæ as birdsnest.
A baby bird hiding under a baby veloutier.
The white seabird below is the rare l’oiseau la vierge, or White Tern (sometimes Fairy Tern, but that’s also a different bird) (Gygis alba). It gets its French name fron its blue feet, which evoke ‘the favourite colour’ of the Virgin Mary. You can just see the moon by the tip of her wing in the bottom of the three pictures. It lives for 17 years and it’s related to the noddies. (L’oiseau la vierge in Réunion is a completely different looking brown-coloured bird, according to Wiki.)
Lastly this bird , the curlew — le corbijeau — photographed here on Sig’s roof, migrates to and from Norway every year. I’m hoping to get a picture of her on my roof later this Norwegian spring.