Birding Bond



  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
    edited May 2017 Posts: 9,619
    Thanks, @Thunderfinger, I just realized the straight line you slipped in here.
    Soviet capsule is quickly followed (& swallowed) by SPECTRE rocket Bird One, obviously YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE.
    So, I'm giving you back the bird.

    Archaeopteryx - ɑːrkiːˈɒptərᵻks/ - noun
    1. the first bird
    Latin (Archaeopteryx, ancient wing). German (Urvogel, first bird).

    Bird One (Archaeopteryx). In transition from dinosaur, the first outright bird but with marginal flight capability. Teeth, bony tail, grasping claws on the wings. Still, with feathers and hip bones as with bird life.
    Dates to the Jurassic.


    Boeing 707-321 Clipper, as seen in DR. NO

    And the First bird
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Far, far, far, far, far, far, far away.
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    Very good.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    It's interesting what comes up here, @Thunderfinger.
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Hamburg, near the Atlantic Hotel
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    Two somewhat (even) more remote suggestions, @RichardTheBruce:

    One contender for the role of James Bond after DAF was Jon Finch. Also, famously transsexual FYEO Bond girl Caroline Fossey married one David Finch.

    The train scenes of OP were filmed employing the Nene valley railroad...although I realise that the Nene in question has nothing to do with the Hawaiian state bird and you may have already mentioned it somewhere.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Noted, @j_w_pepper, I'll hold those in reserve.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    One more thing, @RichardTheBruce... how come the seagull (Laridae family) hasn't been mentioned in this thread yet? Even if it was mostly reduced to a headgear in the GF PTS...
    Gull - ɡəl/ - noun
    1. large, noisy seabird
    2. one easily deceived
    3. automobile doors that open vertically (gull-wing doors)
    1. to fool, deceive
    "a good agent can at times make observers think they're looking at a seabird or gator"

    Origins in Middle English: Celtic (gull), Welsh (gwylan), Breton (gwelan). Even older, as mew: German (Möwe), Danish (måge), Dutch (meeuw), French (mouette).

    Gull (Laridae). Seabirds. Range from medium to large sized, usually colored grey and white, webbed feet. Eat fish, seafood, small animals, and may scavenge in the wild or in developed areas. Nest in colonies, perpetrate mob behavior against predators. Intelligent and social, may get along fine with humans or resort to thievery. Don't trust them. Noisy.

    Gulls in Mexico come down to this list: Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla), Sabine's gull (Xema sabini), Bonaparte's gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia), Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus ), Little gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus ), Gray gull (Leucophaeus modestus ), Laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla), Franklin's gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan), Black-tailed gull (Larus crassirostris ), Heermann's gull (Larus heermanni), Mew gull, (Larus canus), Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis), Western gull (Larus occidentalis), Yellow-footed gull (Larus livens (endemic) ), California gull (Larus californicus), Herring gull (Larus argentatus), Thayer's gull (Larus thayeri), Lesser black-backed gull (Larus fuscus), Glaucous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens), Glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus), Great black-backed gull (Larus marinus), Kelp gull (Larus dominicanus).

    Bonaparte’s gull

    Black-tailed gull

    Little gull

    Gray gull

    Laughing gull

    Heerman’s gull

    Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis)

    Western gull

    Yellow-footed gull

    California gull

    Herring gull

    Great black-backed gull

    Kelp gull
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
    edited April 2017 Posts: 9,619
    For his Mexican pre-titles mission in GOLDFINGER, and obviously provided by Q-Branch,
    OO7 wore a uniquely cutting-edge stealth item of camouflage: a seagull (which not a duck) on his head.
    These enhanced images highlight the bird toward making an ID.
    5540358_orig.png7hv9kOZ.jpgBased mostly on the bill and overall size, I'd call that most likely the Mew gull.

    Mew gull

    Percival Mew Gull, first civilian plane to break 200 mph

    Gull-wing car doors

    Gull, miscellenous
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Thrush - thrŭsh/ - noun
    1. medium or smaller forest bird known for song
    2. a yeast infection, local to the mouth or genitals
    3. the source of the bad smell from a horse's hoof
    4. a female singer, informal
    5. an organization bent on world domination (1960s)
    Old English (thrysce). Germanic (throstle). Maybe Swedish (torsk) or Danish (troske or frush). Even Old French (fourchette, as in ‘the frog of a horse's hoof.’)

    Thrush (Turdidae). Earth colors, usually grey or brownish, speckled breast. Untold variations.
    Eat bugs, worms, fruit. May be static residents or migrate to warmer climes. Contenders for the most beautiful avian song-producers. Includes thrush, bulbul, nightingale, North American robin varieties, solitaires, and others.
    MANY varieties.

    Fraser's rufous thrush (Neocossyphus fraseri), Finsch's rufous thrush (Neocossyphus finschi), Red-tailed ant thrush (Neocossyphus rufus), White-tailed ant thrush (Neocossyphus poensis), Slaty-backed thrush (Geokichla schistacea), Pied thrush (Geokichla wardii), Ashy thrush (Geokichla cinerea), Orange-sided thrush (Geokichla peronii), Orange-headed thrush (Geokichla citrina), Spot-winged thrush (Geokichla spiloptera), Siberian thrush (Geokichla sibirica), Abyssinian ground thrush (Geokichla piaggiae), Kivu ground thrush (Geokichla piaggiae tanganjicae), Crossley's ground thrush (Geokichla crossleyi), Orange ground thrush (Geokichla gurneyi), Black-eared ground thrush (Geokichla cameronensis), Grey ground thrush (Geokichla princei), Spotted ground thrush (Geokichla guttata), Oberländer's ground thrush (Geokichla oberlaenderi), Buru thrush (Geokichla dumasi), Seram thrush (Geokichla joiceyi), Chestnut-capped thrush (Geokichla interpres), Enggano thrush (Geokichla leucolaema), Red-backed thrush (Geokichla erythronota), Red-and-black thrush (Geokichla mendeni), Chestnut-backed thrush (Geokichla dohertyi), Sulawesi mountain-thrush (Zoothera heinrichi[2][3] ), Everett's thrush (Zoothera everetti), Sunda thrush (Zoothera andromedae), Alpine thrush (Zoothera mollissima), Long-tailed thrush (Zoothera dixoni), Scaly thrush (Zoothera dauma), Amami thrush (Zoothera (dauma), major), White's thrush (Zoothera aurea), Nilgiri thrush (Zoothera neilgherriensis), Sri Lanka thrush (Zoothera imbricata), Fawn-breasted thrush (Zoothera machiki), Bassian thrush (Zoothera lunulata), Russet-tailed thrush (Zoothera heinei), Black-backed thrush (Zoothera talaseae), White-bellied thrush (Zoothera margaretae), Guadalcanal thrush (Zoothera turipavae), Long-billed thrush (Zoothera monticola), Dark-sided thrush (Zoothera marginata), Bonin thrush (Zoothera terrestris), Himalayan thrush (Zoothera salimalii ), Sichuan thrush (Zoothera griseiceps), varied thrush (Ixoreus naevius), Aztec thrush (Ridgwayia pinicola), Sulawesi thrush (Cataponera turdoides), Grandala (Grandala coelicolor), Eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis), Western bluebird (Sialia mexicana), Mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides), rufous-brown solitaire (Cichlopsis leucogenys), Veery or Willow thrush or Wilson's thrush (Catharus fuscescens), Gray-cheeked thrush (Catharus minimus), Bicknell's thrush (Catharus bicknelli), Ruddy-capped nightingale-thrush (Catharus frantzii), Black-billed nightingale-thrush (Catharus gracilirostris), Hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus), Russet nightingale-thrush (Catharus occidentalis). Swainson's thrush or olive-backed thrush (Catharus ustulatus), Orange-billed nightingale-thrush (Catharus aurantiirostris), Slaty-backed nightingale-thrush (Catharus fuscater), Black-headed nightingale-thrush (Catharus mexicanus), Spotted nightingale-thrush (Catharus dryas), Wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina), White-eared solitaire (Entomodestes leucotis), Black solitaire (Entomodestes coracinus), Groundscraper thrush (Turdus litsitsirupa), Yellow-legged thrush (Turdus flavipes), Pale-eyed thrush (Turdus leucops), African thrush (Turdus pelios), Bare-eyed thrush (Turdus tephronotus), Kurrichane thrush (Turdus libonyana), São Tomé thrush (Turdus olivaceofuscus), Príncipe thrush (Turdus xanthorhynchus), Olive thrush (Turdus olivaceus), Usambara thrush (Turdus roehli), Abyssinian thrush (Turdus abyssinicus), Karoo thrush (Turdus smithi), Somali thrush or Somali blackbird (Turdus ludoviciae), Taita thrush (Turdus helleri), Yemen thrush (Turdus menachensis), Comoro thrush (Turdus bewsheri), Grey-backed thrush (Turdus hortulorum), Tickell's thrush (Turdus unicolor), Black-breasted thrush (Turdus dissimilis), Japanese thrush (Turdus cardis), White-collared blackbird (Turdus albocinctus), Ring ouzel (Turdus torquatus), Grey-winged blackbird (Turdus boulboul), Common blackbird (Turdus merula), Chinese blackbird (Turdus mandarinus), Tibetan blackbird (Turdus maximus), Indian blackbird (Turdus simillimus), Island thrush ((Turdus poliocephalus), Christmas thrush (Turdus poliocephalus erythropleurus), Borneo thrush (Turdus poliocephalus seebohmi), Taiwan thrush (Turdus poliocephalus niveiceps), Lifou thrush (Turdus poliocephalus pritzbueri), Maré thrush (Turdus poliocephalus mareensis), Norfolk thrush (Turdus poliocephalus poliocephalus), Lord Howe thrush (Turdus poliocephalus vinitinctus), Chestnut thrush (Turdus rubrocanus), Kessler's thrush (Turdus kessleri), Grey-sided thrush (Turdus feae), Eyebrowed thrush (Turdus obscurus), Pale thrush (Turdus pallidus), Brown-headed thrush (Turdus chrysolaus), Izu thrush (Turdus celaenops), Black-throated thrush (Turdus atrogularis), Red-throated thrush (Turdus ruficollis), Naumann's thrush (Turdus naumanni), Dusky thrush (Turdus eunomus), Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris), Redwing (Turdus iliacus), Redwing (Turdus iliacus), Song thrush (Turdus philomelos), Chinese thrush (Turdus mupinensis), Mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus), Great thrush (Turdus fuscater), Chiguanco thrush (Turdus chiguanco), Sooty thrush (Turdus nigrescens), Black thrush (Turdus infuscatus), Glossy-black thrush (Turdus serranus), Andean slaty thrush (Turdus nigriceps), Eastern slaty thrush (Turdus subalaris), Plumbeous-backed thrush (Turdus reevei), Black-hooded thrush (Turdus olivater), Cauca black-hooded thrush (Turdus olivater caucae), Marañón thrush (Turdus maranonicus), Chestnut-bellied thrush (Turdus fulviventris), Rufous-bellied thrush (Turdus rufiventris), Austral thrush (Turdus falcklandii), Pale-breasted thrush (Turdus leucomelas), Creamy-bellied thrush (Turdus amaurochalinus), Mountain thrush (Turdus plebejus), Black-billed thrush (Turdus ignobilis), Lawrence's thrush (Turdus lawrencii), Cocoa thrush (Turdus fumigatus), Pale-vented thrush (Turdus obsoletus), Hauxwell's thrush (Turdus hauxwelli). Unicolored thrush (Turdus haplochrous), Clay-colored thrush (Turdus grayi), Spectacled thrush (Turdus nudigenis), Várzea thrush (Turdus sanchezorum), Ecuadorian thrush (Turdus maculirostris), White-eyed thrush (Turdus jamaicensis), White-throated thrush (Turdus assimilis), Dagua thrush (Turdus daguae), White-necked thrush (Turdus albicollis), Grey-flanked thrush (Turdus albicollis), Rufous-flanked thrush (Turdus albicollis), Rufous-backed robin (Turdus rufopalliatus), Rufous-collared robin (Turdus rufitorques), American robin (Turdus migratorius), La Selle thrush (Turdus swalesi), White-chinned thrush (Turdus aurantius), Red-legged thrush (Turdus plumbeus), Forest thrush (Turdus lherminieri), Tristan thrush (Turdus eremita), Purple cochoa (Cochoa purpurea), Green cochoa (Cochoa viridis), Sumatran cochoa (Cochoa beccarii), Javan cochoa (Cochoa azurea), Fruithunter (Chlamydochaera jefferyi), (AKA Black-breasted fruit-hunter), Pale-eyed thrush (Platycichla (Turdus), Leucops), Yellow-legged thrush (Platycichla (Turdus), flavipes), Tristan thrush (Turdus eremita), AKA Starchy), Forest thrush (Turdus lherminieri), Groundscraper thrush (Psophocichla litsitsirupa).

    Varied thrush
    Hermit thrush
    Japanese thrush
    White-eared solitaire
    Black solitaire
    Wood thrush
    Song thrush
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    "For Your Eyes Only", Ian Fleming:

    Six-thirty. Time for breakfast. Cautiously Bond's right hand fumbled in his clothing and came up to the slit of his mouth. Bond made the glucose tablet last as long as possible and then sucked another. His eyes never left the glade. The red squirrel that had appeared at first light and had been steadily eating away at young beech shoots ever since, ran a few feet nearer to the rose-bushes on the mound, picked up something and began turning it in his paws and nibbling at it. ...The fat thrush finally located its worm and began pulling at it, its legs braced. ... It was a scene from a fairytale — the roses the lilies of the valley, the birds and the great shafts of sunlight lancing down through the tall trees into the pool of glistening green. Bond had climbed to his hide-out at four in the morning and he had never examined so closely or for so long the transition from night to a glorious day. He suddenly felt rather foolish. Any moment now and some damned bird would come and sit on his head!

    Thrush aircraft are noted crop-dusters

    Thrush (Drozd), Soviet missile system

    T.H.R.U.S.H. as Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity, countering U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement):
    "The Man from THRUSH", Lalo Schifrin from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. - Verve 1965

  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Kingfisher- ˈkiŋ-ˌfi-shər\ - noun
    1. a small bird with a thick beak that dives into water to grab fish
    2. local beer in India
    From: the "king's fisher", application unknown. Greek (ἀλκυών, or halcyon).
    Kingfisher (Alcedinidae), species may be divided as river, tree, and water kingfishers. Most are tropical, some in forests. All have large heads plus long, sharp, thick pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. Dine on fish, also bugs and lizards, as caught by swooping from a perch or hover. Give a warning cry in flight. In the UK kingfisher means Common kingfisher, though there are many varieties worldwide.

    River kingfishers (Alcedinidae): Blyth's kingfisher (Alcedo Hercules), Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), Half-collared kingfisher (Alcedo semitorquata), Shining-blue kingfisher (Alcedo quadribrachys), Blue-eared kingfisher (Alcedo meninting), Azure kingfisher (lcedo azurea), Bismarck kingfisher (Alcedo websteri), Blue-banded kingfisher (Alcedo euryzona), Cerulean kingfisher (lcedo coerulescens), Little kingfisher (Alcedo pusilla), Oriental dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx erithacus), Philippine dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx melanurus), Southern silvery kingfisher (Ceyx argentatus), Northern silvery kingfisher (Ceyx flumenicola), Sulawesi dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx fallax), Rufous-backed kingfisher (Ceyx rufidorsa), Moluccan dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx Lepidus), Dimorphic dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx margarethae), Sula dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx wallacii), Buru dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx cajeli), Papuan dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx solitaris), Manus dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx dispar), New Ireland dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx mulcatus), New Britain dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx sacerdotis), North Solomons dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx meeki), New Georgia dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx collectoris), Malaita dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx malaitae), Guadalcanal dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx nigromaxilla), Makira dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx gentianus), Indigo-banded kingfisher (Ceyx cyanopecta), Malachite kingfisher (Corythornis cristatus), Malagasy kingfisher (Corythornis vintsioides), White-bellied kingfisher (Corythornis leucogaster), Madagascan pygmy kingfisher (Corythornis madagascariensis), African pygmy kingfisher (Ispidina picta), African dwarf kingfisher (Ispidina lecontei),

    Tree (or Wood) kingfishers (Halcyonidae): Banded kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella), Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), Blue-winged kookaburra (Dacelo leachii), Spangled kookaburra (Dacelo tyro), Rufous-bellied kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud), Shovel-billed kookaburra (Clytoceyx rex), Lilac kingfisher (Cittura cyanotis), Brown-winged kingfisher (Pelargopsis amauroptera), Stork-billed kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis), Great-billed kingfisher (Pelargopsis melanorhyncha), Ruddy kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda), Chocolate-backed kingfisher (Halcyon badia), White-throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis), Grey-headed kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala), Black-capped kingfisher (Halcyon pileata), Javan kingfisher (Halcyon cyanoventris), Woodland kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis), Mangrove kingfisher (Halcyon senegaloides), Blue-breasted kingfisher (Halcyon malimbica), Brown-hooded kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris), Striped kingfisher (Halcyon chelicuti), Blue-black kingfisher (Todirhamphus nigrocyaneus), Winchell's kingfisher (Todirhamphus winchelli), Blue-and-white kingfisher (Todirhamphus diops), Lazuli kingfisher (Todirhamphus lazuli), Forest kingfisher (Todirhamphus macleayii), White-mantled kingfisher (Todirhamphus albonotatus), Ultramarine kingfisher (Todirhamphus leucopygius), Vanuatu kingfisher (Todirhamphus farquhari), Red-backed kingfisher (Todirhamphus pyrrhopygia), Flat-billed kingfisher (Todirhamphus recurvirostris), Guam kingfisher (Todirhamphus cinnamominus), Pohnpei kingfisher (Todiramphus reichenbachii), Rusty-capped kingfisher (Todiramphus pelewensis), Collared kingfisher (Todirhamphus chloris), Pacific kingfisher (Todirhamphus sacer), Melanesian kingfisher (Todirhamphus tristrami), Islet kingfisher (Todirhamphus colonus), Mariana kingfisher (Todirhamphus albicilla), Torresian kingfisher (Todirhamphus sordidus, Sombre kingfisher (Todirhamphus funebris), Talaud kingfisher (Todirhamphus enigma), Beach kingfisher (Todirhamphus saurophaga), Cinnamon-banded kingfisher (Todirhamphus Australasia), Sacred kingfisher (Todirhamphus sanctus), Society kingfisher (Todirhamphus veneratus), Mewing kingfisher (Todirhamphus ruficollaris), Chattering kingfisher (Todirhamphus tuta), Marquesan kingfisher (Todirhamphus godeffroyi), Mangareva kingfisher (Todirhamphus gambieri), Niau kingfisher (Todirhamphus gertrudae), Glittering kingfisher (Caridonax fulgidus), Hook-billed kingfisher (Melidora macrorrhina), Moustached kingfisher (Actenoides bougainvillei), Rufous-collared kingfisher (Actenoides concretus), Spotted wood kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi), Hombron's kingfisher (Actenoides hombroni), Green-backed kingfisher (Actenoides monachus), Scaly-breasted kingfisher (Actenoides princeps), Yellow-billed kingfisher (Syma torotoro), Mountain kingfisher (Syma megarhyncha), Little paradise kingfisher (Tanysiptera hydrocharis), Common paradise kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea), Kofiau paradise kingfisher (Tanysiptera ellioti), Biak paradise kingfisher (Tanysiptera riedelii), Numfor paradise kingfisher (Tanysiptera carolinae), Red-breasted paradise kingfisher (Tanysiptera nympha), Brown-headed paradise kingfisher (Tanysiptera danae), Buff-breasted paradise kingfisher (Tanysiptera Sylvia).

    Water kingfishers (Cerylidae): Giant kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima), Crested kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris), Belted kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon), Ringed kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata), Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis), Amazon kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazon), Green kingfisher (Chloroceryle Americana), Green-and-rufous kingfisher (Chloroceryle inda), American pygmy kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea).

    Philippine dwarf kingfisher
    Ruddy kingfisher
    Moustached kingfisher
    Spotted wood kingfisher
    Buff-breasted paradise kingfisher
    Giant kingfisher
    Amazon kingfisher
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Live and Let Die, Chapter XXIII: Passionate Leave

    LIKE dangling emerald pendants the two humming-birds were making their last rounds of the hibiscus and a mocking bird had started on its evening song, sweeter than a nightingale's, from the summit of a bush of night-scented jasmine.
    The jagged shadow of a man-of-war bird floated across the green Bahama grass of the lawn as it sailed on the air currents up the coast to some distant colony, and a slate-blue kingfisher chattered angrily as it saw the man sitting in the chair in the garden. It changed its flight and swerved off across the sea to the island. A brimstone butterfly flirted among the purple shadows under the palms.
    summer-nature-sun-sunset-sky-sea-island-sunrise-ocean-travel-landscape-tropical-horizon-yellow-beautiful-wave-cloud-reflection-blue-seascape-scene-vacation_vywcq-jl__S0000.jpg Belted%20Kingfisher%20flight%20Ron%20Howard.jpg&size=200
    "For Your Eyes Only"

    A burst of automatic fire from the valley brought Bond to his feet. His rifle was up and taking aim as the second burst came. The harsh racket of noise was followed by laughter and hand-clapping. The kingfisher, a handful of tattered blue and grey feathers, thudded to the lawn and lay fluttering. Von Hammerstein, smoke still dribbling from the snout of his tommy-gun, walked a few steps and put the heel of his naked foot down and pivoted sharply. He took his heel away and wiped it on the grass beside the heap of feathers. The others stood round, laughing and applauding obsequiously. Von Hammerstein's red lips grinned with pleasure. He said something which included the word 'crackshot'. He handed the gun to one of the gunmen and wiped his hands down his fat backsides. He gave a sharp order to the two girls, who ran off into the house, then, with the others following, he turned and ambled down the sloping lawn towards the lake. Now the girls came running back out of the house. Each one carried an empty champagne bottle. Chattering and laughing they skipped down after the men.

  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    As located in the US northeast (and down to Jamaica), this is clearly the Belted kingfisher. Striking blue and brown markings, these focus on catching fish. In standard kingfisher style, the birds dive into water to catch fish in their beaks. Returning to a roost with the fish sideways, they jostle and reposition and may even toss the fish in the air to get a parallel alignment for swallowing. Kingfishers can also be observed with the catch perpendicular to its beak swiftly cocking their head sideways to hammer the fish head to a hard surface, stunning it for easier handling.

    Belted kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    In culture, the kingfisher can indicate bad (the Oriental dwarf kingfisher in Borneo) or good fortune (Banded kingfisher also in Borneo, different tribe). The Sacred kingfisher in the Pacific: honored, as thought to control the waters of the sea.

    Greek myth: Halcyon (kingfishers) are the result of Alcyone and Ceyx disrespecting Zeus and Hera, punished with death. However the gods rescued them with a transformation as birds to live by the sea. Halcyon days means seven days before and after winter solstice--storms will not happen then, a time new hatchlings are gaining strength. In Western culture, "Halcyon days" recall a peaceful or idyllic time. The Greek forms can be recognized in the naming of kingfisher species.

    Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A321
    Fisher King
    Kingfisher Beer, India
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Hamburg, near the Atlantic Hotel
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    I've got a couple of kingfisher pictures for you, @RichardTheBruce. This bird (which I would class as "rare" over here) once turned up on the deck of our garden pond in August 2008 and I happened to have the Nikon with the 200 mm available. I've never seen the bird again, though.

  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Rare for you, @j_w_pepper, the Common kingfisher. A very nice photo, that second one.
    Classic pose, light captures the colors. (I'm partial to Nikons, as well.)

    Amazing the variety around the world, really, I've seen them all over the Pacific including American Samoa.
    In the US, mainly limited to the one discussed above.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Swallow - ˈswälō/ - noun
    1. a small bird that catches insects on the fly
    2. the act of swallowing (he downed the ouzo in one swallow)
    1. passage down the throat
    2. acceptance of undesirable circumstance
    3. unquestioned belief (swallowed hook, line, and sinker)
    4. to engulf, to overcome completely

    Swallows and martins (Hirundinidae): small birds with long wings, equally adept at maneuver and gliding. Feed on insects in flight--even so, selective diners rather than opportunists.

    River martins (Pseudochelidoninae): African river martin (Pseudochelidon eurystomina), White-eyed river martin (Pseudochelidon sirintarae).

    Other swallows & martins (Hirundininae): Square-tailed saw-wing (Psalidoprocne nitens), Mountain saw-wing (Psalidoprocne fuliginosa), White-headed saw-wing (Psalidoprocne albiceps), Black saw-wing (Psalidoprocne pristoptera), Fanti saw-wing (Psalidoprocne obscura), Grey-rumped swallow (Pseudhirundo griseopyga), White-backed swallow (Cheramoeca leucosternus), Mascarene/ martin (Phedina borbonica), Brazza's martin (Phedina brazzae), Brown-throated martin (Riparia paludicola), Grey-throated martin (Riparia chinensis), Congo martin (Riparia congica), Sand martin (Riparia riparia), Banded martin (Riparia cincta), Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), Violet-green swallow (Tachycineta thalassina, Golden swallow (Tachycineta euchrysea), Bahama swallow (Tachycineta cyaneoviridis), Tumbes swallow (Tachycineta stolzmanni), Mangrove swallow (Tachycineta albilinea), White-winged swallow (Tachycineta albiventer), White-rumped swallow (Tachycineta leucorrhoa), Chilean swallow (Tachycineta meyeni), Purple martin (Progne subis), Cuban martin (Progne cryptoleuca), Caribbean martin (Progne dominicensis), Sinaloa martin (Progne sinaloae), Grey-breasted martin (Progne chalybea), Galapagos martin (Progne modesta), Peruvian martin (Progne murphyi), Southern martin (Progne elegans), Brown-chested martin (Progne tapera), Brown-bellied swallow (Notiochelidon murina), Blue-and-white swallow (Notiochelidon cyanoleuca), Pale-footed swallow (Notiochelidon flavipes), Black-capped swallow (Notiochelidon pileata), Andean swallow (Haplochelidon andecola), White-banded swallow (Atticora fasciata), Black-collared swallow (Atticora melanoleuca), White-thighed swallow (Neochelidon tibialis), Northern rough-winged swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis), Southern rough-winged swallow (Stelgidopteryx ruficollis), Tawny-headed swallow (Alopochelidon fucata), Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica), Red-chested swallow (Hirundo lucida), Angola swallow (Hirundo angolensis), Pacific swallow (Hirundo tahitica), Welcome swallow (Hirundo neoxena), White-throated swallow (Hirundo albigularis), Ethiopian swallow (Hirundo aethiopica), Wire-tailed swallow (Hirundo smithii), White-bibbed swallow (Hirundo nigrita), Pied-winged swallow (Hirundo leucosoma), White-tailed swallow (Hirundo megaensis), Pearl-breasted swallow (Hirundo dimidiate), Blue swallow (Hirundo atrocaerulea), Black-and-rufous swallow (Hirundo nigrorufa), Eurasian crag martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Pale crag martin (Ptyonoprogne obsolete), Rock martin (Ptyonoprogne fuligula), Dusky crag martin (Ptyonoprogne concolor), Common house martin (Delichon urbicum), Asian house martin (Delichon dasypus), Nepal house martin (Delichon nipalense), Greater striped swallow (Cecropis cucullata), Lesser striped swallow (Cecropis abyssinica), Red-breasted swallow (Cecropis semirufa), Mosque swallow (Cecropis senegalensis), Red-rumped swallow (Cecropis daurica), Striated swallow (Cecropis striolata), Rufous-bellied swallow (Cecropis badia), Red-throated cliff swallow (Petrochelidon rufigula), Preuss's cliff swallow (Petrochelidon preussi), Red Sea cliff swallow (Petrochelidon Perdita), South African cliff swallow (Petrochelidon spilodera), Forest swallow (Petrochelidon fuliginosa), Streak-throated swallow (Petrochelidon fluvicola), Fairy martin (Petrochelidon ariel), Tree martin (Petrochelidon nigricans), American cliff swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota), Cave swallow (Petrochelidon fulva), Chestnut-collared swallow (Petrochelidon rufocollaris),

    Brazza's martin
    White-throated swallow
    Eurasian crag-martin
    Rock martin
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    On Her Majesty's Secret Service:
    The French belly-religion had delivered its final kick at him the night before. Wishing to avoid Orleans, he had stopped south of this uninspiring city and had chosen a mock-Breton Auberge on the south bank of the Loire, despite its profusion of window-boxes and sham beams, ignoring the china cat pursuing the china bird across its gabled roof, because it was right on the edge of the Loire - perhaps Bond's favourite river in the world. He had stoically accepted the hammered copper wanning pans, brass cooking utensils and other antique bogosities that cluttered the walls of the entrance hall, had left his bag in his room and had gone for an agreeable walk along the softly running, swallow-skimmed river.
    You Only Live Twice:
    Q: Now pay attention. A recently developed harmless radioactive device.
    OO7: Harmless?
    Q: It sends out a homing signal to a special receiver.
    OO7: What am I supposed to do with this?
    Q: Obviously, you--swallow--it.
    OO7: Now?gold-pill.jpg
    In famous migration, Cliff swallows return each 19th of March (St. Joseph's Day) to Mission San Juan Capistrano, California, to rebuild their nests with mud. The structure has been in ruin since an 1812 earthquake. The swallows depart 23 October (the Day of San Juan) by first circling the Jewel of the Missions.

    Cliff swallow
    B.A. (British Aircraft) Swallow, 1930s
    Messerschmitt Me 262, Schwalbe ("Swallow") fighter, Sturmvogel ("Storm Bird") fighter-bomber
    de Havilland DH 108, experimental 1945

  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
    Posts: 2,683
    Hirondelle: French for swallow
    Hirondel: fictional make of car driven by the Saint in the Leslie Charteris novels
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    That's a great reference I wouldn't come up with, @Agent_99, Hirondel as Swallow.
    I read the Charteris novels in my youth.

    Thanks, it was fun looking up these breadcrumbs.

    “And again and again, in the dark, the Hirondel swooped up behind ridiculous, creeping glowworms, sniffed at their red tails, snorted derisively, swept past with a deep-throated blare. No car in England could have held the lead of the Hirondel that night.
    If this had been a superstitious age, those who saw it would have cross themselves and swore it was no car at all they saw that night, but a snarling silver fiend that roared through London on the wings of an unearthly wind.
    The drone of the engine went on as a background of gigantic sound. The song of the car bayed over wide spaces of country, was bruised and battered between the startled walls of village streets, was flung back in echoes of the walls of hills.
    But Roger Moore had his 1967 Volvo. [Confirmed by @j_w_pepper]
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
    Posts: 2,683
    That's a great reference I wouldn't come up with, @Agent_99, Hirondel as Swallow.
    I read the Charteris novels in my youth.

    Thanks, it was fun looking up these breadcrumbs.

    You're very welcome - I have been repaid a thousandfold by those pics and quotes!
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
    Posts: 7,055
    Wanted to post a longer version but as I'm called away here the short version: Bond connects the Swan and the Coocoo in the following way: Aston Marin produced the Cygnet. This, however, was not a true 'baby aston'(often used for the V8 vantage) but a Toyota sold under AM flag, a Coocoo in a way.

    Another one for you to put on the list @Bruce: the Kling Kling. Scaramanga kills two in the house of illicit fame where he meets Bond. (book, of course)
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Hamburg, near the Atlantic Hotel
    Posts: 6,111
    But Roger Moore had his 1962 Volvo.
    [smart-aleck mode on]This is not the original 1962 Volvo (which had "ST 1" on the registration plate) but a 1967 model that was acquired when the series switched from b/w to colour, as evidenced by the suffix letter "E" (cf. BMT 216A = 1963).[smart-aleck mode off]

  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    More like just plain smart mode, @j_w_pepper, thanks for the correction.

    @CommanderRoss, I like that connection and depending on your follow-up I may post something on it tonight.

    The Kling klings are a good one I'm ready for, but may give them a little more distance
    from Kingfishers which met a similar end.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Addendum: The Cuckoo & The Swan
    Wanted to post a longer version but as I'm called away here the short version: Bond connects the Swan and the Coocoo in the following way: Aston Martin produced the Cygnet. This, however, was not a true 'baby aston'(often used for the V8 vantage) but a Toyota sold under AM flag, a Coocoo in a way.
    Brood parasitism in the automobile industry. Why didn't I think of that, @CommanderRoss.

    Cygnet - ˈsiɡ·nət/ noun
    1. a young swan.

    Aston Martin Cygnet, 2011
    High hopes with that last marketing image.

    Toyota iQ, 2011 (if I got this right)

    Aston Martin V8 Vantage, 2011

  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Stork - stôrk/ - noun
    1. large wading bird, big bill, long legs
    2. same, as the supposed deliverer of babies

    Old English (Storc). Maybe Germanic (as in stark or sturkaz, toward stoic like the bird's rigid poses and movement). Latvian (stārks). Slovenian (štorklja); Bulgarian (щъркел or shtŭrkel). A little different, also Greek (torgos, meaning vulture). Dutch (ooievaar, or ōdaboro: ōda as in fortune, boro as bearer, combining for the idea of storks delivering babies. Estonian (toonekurg, literally underworld crane, fitting for the Black crane there).

    Stork (Ciconiidae): large waders, eating fish, insects, worms, small amphibians and animals. Their bills are specialized according to diet: large bills as general purpose (Ciconia storks); very large, upturned bills for fishing shallow waters (Ephippiorhynchus and jabiru), the largest as daggers to scavenge carrion and defend against fellow scavengers (Marabou); downturned bills to sense prey by tactilocation in turbid waters (Mycteria storks); and the openbill form that dines solely on snails. There is also the horrific Shoebill, which seems to feed on anything it can grab and fit in its horrible mouth. In flight, effortless gliders on thermal currents of heated air (and inspiration for attempts at flight in the 1800s by Otto Lilenthal). Monogomous during mating and migration--not known for domestic violence or aggression. In groups: a muster or phalanx.

    Includes: Milky stork (Mycteria cinerea), Yellow-billed stork (Mycteria ibis), Painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala), Wood stork (Mycteria Americana), Asian openbill (Anastomus oscitans), African openbill (Anastomus lamelligerus), Abdim's stork (Ciconia abdimii), Woolly-necked stork (Ciconia episcopus), Storm's stork (Ciconia stormi), Maguari stork (Ciconia maguari), Oriental stork (Ciconia boyciana), White stork (Ciconia ciconia), Black stork (Ciconia nigra), Black-necked stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus), Saddle-billed stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis), Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria), Lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), Greater adjutant (Leptoptilos dubius), Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus), Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex).

    Milky Stork
    Yellow-billed stork
    Painted stork
    Wood stork
    Asian openbill
    Oriental stork
    Jabiru, or Black-necked stork
    Saddle-billed stork
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    I just finished THE DIAMOND SMUGGLERS and on page 91 Fleming mentions some storks attempting to rape each other in Tangiers.
    The Diamond Smugglers, 1957, Ian Fleming - Chapter Nine - ‘Monsieur Diamant’
    IT was our last day together. The sun was shining and we decided to hire a car and drive out for luncheon to the Grottoes of Hercules, just south of Cape Spartel, where the Mediterranean sweeps out through the Straits of Gibraltar into the Atlantic.

    On the way we made a detour through the so-called Diplomatic Forest—about ten square miles of eucalyptus and cork trees and mimosas in bloom. Apart from solitary men or women in the fields we met no living thing except an occasional tortoise crossing the road and from time to time a pair of mating storks, which made a brief run and took off gracefully at the noise of the car.
    Dr. No, 1958, Ian Fleming, Chapter III - Holiday Task
    ..."It seems there's a bird called a Roseate Spoonbill. There's a coloured photograph of it in here. Looks like a sort of pink stork with an ugly flat bill which it uses for digging for food in the mud.
    Moonraker, Lewis Gilbert, 1979.
    1936 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet Saoutchik.
    Same model, slightly different paint.

  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    French Fighter Squadron "Storks" (Escadron de Chasse 01.002 Cigognes)

    Fieseler Fi 156C Storch (RAF)
    Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Luftwaffe)
    Bucciali's WWI French Air Force squadron

    Hispano-Suizo La Cigogne Volante hood ornament & 1934 Type 68-Bis V12 DHC
    Paul-Albert Bucciali logo design & 1931 TAV8-32

    Stork, aka Scavenger's daughter torture device from the time of England's King Henry VIII

    Nishiyinomiya Storks Basketball Team, Japan
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Hamburg, near the Atlantic Hotel
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    Good one, though I wouldn't have expected it in a Bond context. Also, "stork" doesn't appear in your initial list (yet). As for the Germanic connection of the word, my mother's mother was born "Storck" (or Stork...or Storch...forget the changed all the time over the centuries before the family names were finally being officially fixed in the second half of the 1900s). The oldest ancestor to be found in church records is one from the 1300s named Ecbertus Storkesbom as a family name...because on his farm there was a tree (bom, today "Baum") in which a stork nested.

    The Storck sweets company which makes and sells (also in the US) stuff like Riesen, Werther's Original, Merci chocolate, Toffifay and other stuff is owned by distant relatives of mine (never met them, I'm afraid). The family branches split in the mid-1800s.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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