February 17th, 2011, 12:03 PM
I'm not quite sure where to post this, but for us in Kent the very sad news that Ray Turley has passed away whilst on holiday in Goa certainly consitutes a 'Headline' albeit one we'd rather have not seen. This news has been posted elsewhere, but I felt that some of Ray's many friends here, and abroad, may not have heard this sad news so am posting it here.
Ray was oneof the great characters in birding and is simply irreplacable. The Dunge scene will never seem the same again. Ray was one of those rare people who enhanced life and we are all the poorer for his passing. I don't think I ever met him without coming away smiling. He was a great story teller and a superb birder (esp. seawatcher) who happily shared his deep knowledge with everyone he met. He was also a very talented (and modest) artist; many who may never have met him at Dunge (or on the Scillies) will have mired his stunning bird sculptures at the UK's Bird Fair. I'm sure that the Elysian fields are already echoing with his cheerful banter as he gets to grips with a whole new avifauna. He was a great story teller and a superb birder (esp. seawatcher) who happily shared his deep knowledge with everyone he met. He was also, as mentioned, a very talented (and modest) artist. Condolences & sympathies to his wife, Janet, at what must be a unimaginably difficult time,