Last year I put up a jesty little post about the potential musical ramifications of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, entitled "Paging Messiaen." Recently I received an inquiry from a media outlet asking where I had found that wonderful picture of Messiaen with a bird on his head. Apparently the above photo had popped up on their Google image search. With deep regret I had to inform them that this is not in fact a picture of Messiaen with a bird on his head, nor to my knowledge are there any pictures of Messiaen with a bird on his head. If anyone knows otherwise, do let me know, and I will pass the information along.
Update: Two pictures have quickly surfaced. From Ezra Padoa:
And from Tom Hartley: