Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Robert Tovey

For those who have not heard, I am afraid I have some bad news to share. Rob, my brother, died suddenly at home in Mauritania from a heart attack on the 9th September. 

It is my intention to leave this blog as a memorial to his passion for birding



  1. Dear James

    I am so sorry to hear this news and I send my condolences to you and your family.

    I am a UK-based birder who has followed your brother's blog for many years, as he moved from country to country. He has contributed a great deal to our knowledge of the birdlife of many different countries and his blog has for many years been an enlightening first port of call for me most days, bringing exotic places to life through birds, many of which we see in the UK. I shall miss his meticulous records and courteous style of writing.

    Yours sincerely
    Matt Evans

  2. James, sorry to hear the news, I was a close school friend. I will attend the funeral, so catchy up there. Andrew Shaw

  3. Thanks for the note Andrew, I remember your name well and am glad you are able to come to Rob's funeral. James

  4. J'apprends la triste nouvelle en France. Je suis l'animateur d'un blog ornitho chez le voisin sénégalais, à Saint-Louis d'où je suivais très régulièrement les billets de votre frère. Attristé, vraiment. Toutes mes condoléances. Frédéric Bacuez pour Ornithondar.

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  10. My condolences to Rob's family.

  11. I had the good fortune in the mid-late 2000s to have had “Robert”as my supervisor - handler I Azerbaijan. He was a Remarkable Man. Often would take Sunday even weekday stroll along the Caspian. One would likely never know dear Robert to have been a doctorate from Oxford.
    He was brilliant.
    During frequent walks he invariably as unpredictably say”Hear that?” I was not tuned in to the birds’ halcyon blithe chirping. And also invariably, he would identify the particular bird’s song, I.e., chirping. In Latin; eg, “Avis . . .” Thus he and would search the south Caucasian trees. He DID ID each bird. I was always gobsmacked.
    Most remarkable. Uncanny, actually.
    One hope he might have passed away.
    He undauntedly walked from site to site, eschewing bus/taxi. We did,actually.
    His delineated passing here I received with greatest condolences. He was and remains among the very very few remarkable persons, with whom I have been privileged to have served in the S Caucasus.
    Often as not, we would rendezvous after daily meetings, espesialy for afternoon tea. Often as not I would have a tea “with milk”
    With him whereafter we would chat about, well, just about anything.
    Requiescat In Pace.
    Forsitan et Haec, etiam Nobis reminisce juvebit.
    Fiat vox populi Lex suprema esto.
    Dum spiro, Spero.

    Yes there IS an England.

  12. Typo: NOT passed away. (ultra q.v.)