John White
by on April 28, 2020
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There is a misconception that most birdwatchers are from the blue-rinse retiree section of society. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, when you start digging around, we found that there is a huge diversity of young and old birdwatchers, from presidents and prime ministers to actors, musicians, scientists and royalty. I think you’ll agree it’s a pretty interesting list. 

 

Famous Birdwatching Politicians

 

Alec Douglas-Home: UK Prime Minister from October 1963 to October 1964. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fidel Castro: Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba. Source

 

 

 

 

 

Franklin Roosevelt: 32nd U.S. President. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harold Wilson: UK Prime Minister from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Carter: 39th U.S. President. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Bush: First Lady of George W. Bush, 43rd U.S. President. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theodore Roosevelt: 26th U.S. President. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous Birdwatching Authors, Poets & Writers

 

Agatha Christie: English author and playwright. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Motion: English poet, novelist, and biographer. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Fleming: English author and creator of the James Bond spy novels. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Franzen: American novelist and essayist. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Atwood: Canadian novelist and poet. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rory McGrath: British comedian and writer. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous Birdwatching Actors/Actresses & TV Personalities

 

Alex Zane: English television presenter and DJ. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Steadman: English actress. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Bailey: English comedian, musician, actor, TV and radio presenter and author. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Oddie: Actor, author, comedian, television presenter. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cameron Diaz: American actress and former model. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daryl Hannah: American actress. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Morecambe: English comedian. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Moir (aka Vic Reeves): English comedian, artist, musician, actor and television presenter. Source

 

 

 

 

 

Joanna Lumley: English actress, voice-over artist, former-model and author. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lili Taylor: American actress known for I Shot Andy Warhol. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Liggett: English commentator and journalist who covers professional cycling. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Picardo: Actor and singer known for Star Trek: Voyager and Stargate. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Bean: English actor of stage and screen. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam West - English actor, theatre director and voice actor. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trudie Goodwin: English actress. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wes Craven: Horror film director of the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream series. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous Birdwatching Singers & Musicians

 

Damon Albarn: English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Source

 

 

 

 

 

Fyfe Dangerfield: English musician and songwriter, best known as the founding member of the indie rock band Guillemots. Source

 

 

 

 

 

Guy Garvey English singer and guitarist in the band Elbow, presenter for BBC 6 Music and A&R manager of Skinny Dog Records. Source

 

 

 

 

 

Jimi Goodwin: English bassist, vocalist and guitarist for Doves. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jarvis Cocker: English musician, actor and presenter. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mick Jagger: English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as lead vocalist and founding member of the Rolling Stones. Source

 

 

 

 

 

Paul McCartney: Singer with the Beatles, composer and renowned musician. Known for going birdwatching between gigs while on tour. Source

 

 

 

 

 

Van Morrison: Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous Birdwatching Artists, Photographers

 

David Bailey: English photographer, regarded as one of the nation's best. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leonardo da Vinci: An Italian polymath of the Renaissance era. Despite only 15 of his paintings surviving, he is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Source

 

 

 

 

 

Famous Birdwatching Royals

 

Prince Philip: Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Famous Birdwatching Scientists

 

Albert Einstein: German physicist who developed the general theory of relativity. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Watson: Famous molecular biologist and geneticist that co-discoverer the structure of DNA. Source

 

 

 

 

 

Murray Gell-Mann: Leading Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Laureate in Physics. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Per Martin-Löf: Swedish mathematical scientist. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Feynman: American theoretical physicist. Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted in: Birding, Society
7 people like this.
Jason Ward
Yet.. all on this list are white.
John White
Hi Jason, thanks for pointing that out, yes unfortunately I couldn't find any famous people of colour who are into birdwatching - I'm sure there must be some...let me know if you have any suggestions. In the meantime I'll do some more research :)
vimal thapa
Wow, great to know all these famous birders, thanks for sharing