I'm in Fort Lauderdale at the Everglades Birding Festival (http://www.evergladesbirdingfestival.com)
Tonight we were treated to some of the stories of James Currie's life, including how he got into birding and how he fought off three lions bare-handed while searching for Wattled cranes in Africa. James is perhaps most famous for his TV show, Birding Adventures. He has his own channel on YouTube. I haven't checked it out yet, but I will.