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Ivory-billed Oddie by EarthHart Ivory-billed Oddie by EarthHart
This is Bill Oddie, friend & Wildlife TV Presenter, wearing one of our wildlife applique sweatshirts. The design is of an Ivory-billed Woodpecker Campephilus principalis. At the time I designed it, it was thought to be Extinct, so the red badge with EXTINCT on it.
Bill wore the shirt to the Annual Dinner of the International Council for Bird Preservation (ICBP). There, he found out that two had been seen on Cuba. He phone me the following morning, to tell me this & that ICBP wanted a shirt ExL, which we made.
We found out later, it had been given to President Castro.

This is a scanned print, photo taken in Bill's house, in 1986
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Shirley-Agnew-Art Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
I am so impressed Will, that is a great shirt and I can't believe you
know Bill Oddie, he was always my favourite Goodie. I like his
wildlife stuff too! :-)
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, m'deer :hug:
Known him since the mid '80s.
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Shirley-Agnew-Art Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
You are very welcome Will. He does seem
very passionate about wildlife which is
a lovely thing to see :hug:
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:blowkiss:
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Shirley-Agnew-Art Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
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natureguy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow ! That's so cool will...
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Shame I haven't got a photo of Castro wearing it, but then again, you win some, you loose some.
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Fascinating, very cool Will :)
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, Doug :bow: and cheer for the favour, and acceptances :ahoy:
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Heylormammy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow wow wow Will !! Good for you my friend. Bill Oddie has always been one of my favourite presenters, especially after they did the Springwatch from Shetland a few years back.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I've known Bill & his family since the mid '80s, when he first asked me to design a sweatshirt
for him that he could wear at the Dinner. That same year, he got us a contract with the BBC TV
series "The FAX Show" A total of 32 individual shirts we made for him to wear on the shows. Two
series of 16 progs. The 1st. series was all birds & the 2nd was of Listed Mammals.

Bless you for the favour, Eileen :iconsnuggleplz:
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Heylormammy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
What a great story Will. Thanks for sharing :icongreenheartplz:
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:blowkiss:
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Jantinus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
featured here!: [link]
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Blessings, young Squire :ahoy:
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
I'm not a nature buff but I love watching Springwatch and Autumnwatch. The dedication and excitement of the people who are making it is so contageous.
Any Brit blasting the BBC doesn't realize how incredible lucky you are with a network that makes that kind of show possible.
This speaking from a country where the television is run by lobotomized people, who treat anyone with any expertise that's not related to sports or "society" as a harmless idiot. :(

I read Bill was going through a difficult time, but I hope he's doing better now.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been involved on the fringes of the BBCNHU, with the sweatshirts. Got to know quite a few good people. The NHU is the best in the world, its R&D dept. has brought on wildlife filming to extraordinary heights. BBC Bristol, where the NHU is based, is a centre of excellence. It sure is :#1:

I understand there's a project on the way.

Many thanks for the favour, Eric :ahoy:
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Good to hear. Always welcome, Will! :iconcheers2plz::iconjackdanielsplz:
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconcheers2plz::drunk:
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tuftedpuffin Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Oh wow.... that is a really awesome shirt. Wow!!!
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you m'deer :hug:
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cycoze Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool.

I see it has just been announced he is taking a break from spring watch, won't be thesame without him.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It needs a fresh face along side Kate.
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cycoze Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You could be right, not sure who they would use, Simon King is good at his bits already, maybe Gordon Buchanon .
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ben Fogell would be OK, he's working with Kate on "Animal Park"
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cycoze Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
He gets on my pip sometimes :)
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Bill used to get on mine, sometimes ;)
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Lovely bloke great capture =)

I'm also looking forward to Sir David's new series (as I do all his astonishing work). I was mortified to hear he'd been the victim of creationist hate-mail - of a the people who have helped share so much of the worlds beauty ... suffice to say I was incensed.

Thanks for all the people shots. I don't comment much, I have 1200 works in my deviantwatchmthingy but I do like people watching =)
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, he is ;)

Those type of people belong to the new sub-species Homo spapiens fucitallus

I'm having fun shooting them :nod:
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
"I'm having fun shooting them"
Who ... Homo spapiens fucitallus :gun::dead: ?!!! :lol:
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Now that would be good, as in the yarn, a cull is needed.
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
I'd stary with bankers and politicians ... best not get to far into that rant eh?!
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
No, there's a few others as well ;)
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thecakeisalie03 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
craaaaazy interesting that Castro got your shirt!
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:D Yes, such a surprise :boogie:
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thecakeisalie03 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that's one of the best stories I've heard in a long time.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I just wish we had a photo of the exchange, or even one of Fidel wearing it. Oh well, at least we know were it went :hug:
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thecakeisalie03 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah that would be pretty sweet to have!
:hug:
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
I watch all his shows on bbc i player :lol:
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Watch out for Sir David's new series, BBC 1 Sunday 9pm
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lostknightkg Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
:w00t:
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
There's some damn good docs coming up in the next few weeks :boogie:
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Stumm47 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Youre friends with Bill Oddie? Thats cool! I have sort of met him once, he wasnt happy ;)
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Met him in '84 but really got to know him when we made that shirt for him.
Much more came from that. Thanks for the favour Squire :ahoy:
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Stumm47 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're lucky to know the man,I love to see him on telly.
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where-withal Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
I love this guy, he's a scream.
Did you see the programme about his childhood and the growth of his love of birds. Such a sad and touching story, and such a nice (and natural) character. :aww:
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, "Who Do You Think You Are" a great series.

Bill is a great character, but can be a bit odd at times. I've witnessed it myself, in Hamstead.
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where-withal Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Thats the one. ;)
You did ? Yeah, thats what I love about him. I love folk who are just themselves, nothing false, take me or leave me. Theres a reason behind any behaviour.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: :blowkiss:
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Gaina Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww, I love Bill Oddie. Not long now until Spring Watch! :excited:
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