Felix just returned from his third annual Birding-on-the-Texas Coast Trip. At this time of year, the Gulf coast is a Mecca for birders.
The Composer tells me that as soon as they got out of the car the first morning, a middle-aged man shouted genially, "Felix! We wondered if we'd see you this year!"
Naturally, birders have excellent visual memories, and can easily recall names--it's what they do.
This was Felix's first year to use a spotting scope. He juggles that with the other birding tool, Sibley's Guide to Birds.
This year he really wanted to see a Magnificent Frigatebird. The Composer idly took this picture while Felix was elsewhere.
Felix will get it next year, I'm sure.