"....The truth is out there."
-- Dr. Jerome Jackson, 2002 (... & Agent Fox Mulder)
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
Monday, December 29, 2008
-- 'nuther Center of Controversy Goes To Grave --
Colorful Fielding Lewis, whose claims of Ivory-bill encounters in Louisiana in the 1970s could never be confirmed nor disproven died a week ago at age 78. Lewis persuaded premier ornithologist George Lowery Jr. of the reality of Ivory-bills in Louisiana in 1971, only to taint Lowery's reputation in the process.
Tim Gallagher devoted one chapter ("The Boxer") of his book "The Grail Bird" to the Louisiana character here (courtesy of Google).
One of Lewis's famous controversial photos of an Ivory-bill near the Atchafalaya leads off
Lewis's own book "Tales of a Louisiana Duck Hunter," which includes some of his Ivory-bill accounts, is available here.
Unbelievable how things have changed. Truly unbelievable.
As to the Tanner quote -- one can cherry-pick Tanner as one wishes... he often talks of the difficulty of finding IBWOs, in fact his total inability to find them by sight, requiring always to hear them first. And when he didn't have a guide (Kuhn) to lead him in Florida and S.C. he couldn't find them at all on his own even though he believed they were there.
Of course I hope the Lewis photos are 'legit,' but I do personally find it a very tough call; unless something turns up in Lewis's final papers they will likely always be debated.
You say that the Lewis photographs are legitimate. And I hope that they are.
Do you know this for a fact, or are you merely guessing, surmising, hoping?
And if you definitely know that the photos are for real, please share your information and end this particular controversy once and for all!
Peter in Ireland
Of course this common sense would not apply if the bird was extinct. Thus, I conclude the bird is extinct.
Cornell has never found ivorybills, and that includes the 1924 pair in Florida and the Singer Tract birds in the 1930s.
I didn't find ivorybills, either. My only contribution was to obtain the first data from the Pearl, including the first footage of the cruising flight of this species.
Hill and his colleagues found ivorybills in an area where they had never before been reported (although there had been an old report from an area well to the north).
Cornell CLAIMED they found Ivory-bills.
You CLAIM to have footage of cruising Ivory-bills.
Hill CLAIMED to have found Ivory-bills.
The only thing lacking is verification of those claims. Without verification they do not and will not mean much.
Tanner CLAIMED to have found Ivory-bills. That claim has been verified. There are high quality photos and film that are clearly Ivory-bills, and he was able to bring other people in who also got good, extended looks at the birds.
"...so I put it on top of my head like this and I walked straight toward the bird to see how close I could get." Fielding stood up and mimed holding a camera on top of his head.
man... that's some good camera work
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