The visit was part of a birding tour with the Caribbean Conservation Trust, and the visit was one of the highlights.
In fact, the Caribbean Conservation Trust was the main reason I went to Cuba back in 2016. I saw that a visit with Orlando was part of the trip, and I really wanted to meet him after seeing the exchange of letters between Orlando and Jim Bond in the Academy if Natural Sciences archives.
Jim Bond was Orlando's stateside mentor, and Orlando has become a research associate for Bond's Academyof Natural Sciences -- a fitting honor for a living legend.
Orlando was wearing a BirdsCaribbean T-shirt featuring the endemic birds of Cuba.
We saw most of them on our 11-day trip.
(A big thank you to Barbara Retzlaff for taking the photo.)