[CT Birds] OT: Jane Alexander's Bird-Watching Tips, NY Times

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Sat Jul 26 17:48:07 EDT 2014

A nice, brief interview with the birder & actress.  


Jane Alexander's Bird-Watching Tips

Bird-watching, it turns out, is a hobby well suited to film actors, who go to far-flung locations and can have time to kill between shooting.

While on set for “Sunshine State,” on Amelia Island, Fla., the actress Jane Alexander swore she heard a breeding heron. “They make these strange, barking grunts,” said Ms. Alexander, who made, as gracefully as possible, her best approximation of them.

So she followed the sound through a palm meadow and a swamp, only to find that the creature making it was, in fact, an alligator.

“I backed off very slowly,” she said with a laugh, “because she did not look happy.”

She usually meets with more success. Ms. Alexander, who is on the board of the National Audubon Society, has traveled across the country, and to many parts of the globe, to hear the songs and see the flight of all kinds of birds.

	Rest of interview on site

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