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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

George Morgan

It was with great sadness that I discovered that George Morgan passed away this morning. George was 73 and extremely popular with the local birding community. I only got to know George well in 2009 when I started going birding again. It was of course at Eglwys that I would bump into him; in fact going birding at Eglwys was a bit like going to see George at home. Over the years George contributed vast amounts of records which allow us to have a good understanding of bird trends from his area - including Eglwys, Port Talbot Docks and Margam Park. His contribution to WeBS is invaluable. George made a number of discoveries of rarer birds and I know that he had a big fondness for Phalaropes. Indeed he would find Grey Phalaropes annually and he also discovered at least one Red-necked Phalarope. Apart from being a good birder George was also great company and I will miss his sometimes wicked sense of humour.
For all the birders who knew George, I know I can send heartfelt condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.


Paul Roberts said...

Sad news.
Well said, Mark. It was always a pleasure to bump into George and I even ticked him away from Eglwys on the odd occasion! A thoroughly nice bloke, condolences to his family.

There can only be one said...

It was with great sadness today with news that my good friend of mine George Morgan had passed away I have known George for over 30 years when I first met him at Eglwys Res as young birder he used show me show me the different species which could be seen at Eglwys Res and last year I took George and Gwyn Randell to Norfolk for the first time on a birding holiday in which we found a Black Kite and many other species he well be sadly missed by me and other birders who know George

Barry Stewart said...

George will always be synonymous with Eglwys to me – whenever I went there he seemed to be there. He clearly loved patch birding although when it was very wet it wasn’t that unusual to bump into him in the hides at Penclacwydd. He was always a pleasure to have chat with and he will be remembered fondly by all who knew him I’m sure.