Thursday, November 28, 2013

Meet Jez

As fellow bloggers and especially like-minded birders may remember from my post, I often refer to Jez who identified this or that bird for me. We met him when he came to tender for the catering job at the Guest House in August.

Ever since then, I've sent him photos of birds which we're not sure of or which we cannot identify at all. Jez belongs to a Tanzanian Bird Club and if he's not too sure about the bird, he sends it onto friends of his who peruse it and send the verdict back to him.

Apart from helping me with bird ID's, Jez has also become a good friend of ours. Whenever we fly out of or into Dar Es Salaam, we meet him at the George and Dragon for a quick catch-up. Apart from enjoying his company (he's been in East Africa since 1998 and has many hilarious and interesting stories about running camps all over the continent), we also enjoy the ambiance of this English expat pub and grill. 

On our last trip in, when we met Jez, he had another expat with him. Greg has a vast store of fantastic stories about his life as an exploration driller in Africa. He's told us fascinating stories of how he and his wife socialized with the first president of independent Tanzania, Julius Nyerer. He also remembers visiting with people whose children were then still young and who subsequently became cabinet ministers of this country. In between my mouth hanging open at this man's anecdotes, I actually remembered to take a photo of the the men as they chatted together in the courtyard of the George and Dragon. 
 Greg, left, Jez in the middle and Grant to the right of the photo

I hope you're all having a wonderful week.


  1. Sounds like a great evening/day and what an interesting person! Great capture of the three, too!! Thanks as always for sharing, Jo! Hope your week is going well!

  2. Love it, I too enjoyed the conversations of a lot of visiting professors and a few Nobel prize winners over the years. Glad you got a photo in.

  3. Sounds like two very interesting men to have a chat with over a beer. Enjoy your weekend my friend. Hugs. xx

  4. It is always nice to meet another birder, Jo! It is great you have Jez to help you with the unknowns!

    Have a happy day!

  5. What fun, and I'm glad you have someone to help you with identifying birds. Dick and I love to see birds, but some of them have us mystified.
    Luv, K


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