Books About Bird Watching
How To Be A Bad Birdwatcher
Anyone who has ever gazed up at the sky or stared out of the window knows something about birds. In this funny, inspiring, eye-opening book, Simon Barnes paints a riveting picture of how bird-watching has framed his life and can help us all to a better understanding of our place on this planet. How to be a bad birdwatcher shows why birdwatching is not the preserve of twitchers, but one of the simplest, cheapest and most rewarding pastimes around.
Lost Among The Birds: Accidentally Finding Myself in One Very Big Year
Early in 2013 Neil Hayward was at a crossroads. He didn’t want to open a bakery or whatever else executives do when they quit a lucrative but unfulfilling job. He didn’t want to think about his failed relationship with “the one” or his potential for ruining a new relationship with “the next one.” And he almost certainly didn’t want to think about turning forty. And so instead he went birding.
Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, A Quest, And The Biggest Year In The World
2015 was the biggest year of Noah Strycker s life. That year Noah Strycker set himself a goal: to become the first person to see half the world s birds in one year. Traveling to 41 countries, on all seven continents, with a backpack, binoculars and a series of one-way tickets, it became the greatest adventure in birding. There are 10,000 species of birds in the world, and in 2015 Noah Strycker spotted 6,042 of them. He earned an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for this remarkable achievement, and Birding without Borders is his record of an astonishing year.
Behind More Binoculars: Interviews With Acclaimed Birdwatchers
How and why did our most acclaimed birdwatchers take up birding? What were their early experiences of nature? How have their professional birding careers developed? What motivates them and drives their passion for wildlife? How many birds have they seen? Keith Betton and Mark Avery, passionate birdwatchers and conservationists, interview members of the birdwatching community to answer these and many other questions about the lives of famous birdwatchers.
The Urban Birder
The book is an inspirational look at the birdlife in our cities, or more accurately, the author’s personal journey of discovery involving encounters with racism, air rifle-toting youths, girls, alcohol, music, finding urban wildlife oases and of course, birds. His story is entertaining and sometimes controversial, but the one guarantee is that the reader will be left feeling inspired enough to pick up a pair of binoculars and head to the nearest park
One More Warbler: A Life With Birds
In One More Warbler, Emanuel recalls a lifetime of birding adventures―from his childhood sighting of a male Cardinal that ignited his passion for birds to a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Asia to observe all eight species of cranes of that continent. He tells fascinating stories of meeting his mentors who taught him about birds, nature, and conservation, and later, his close circle of friends―Ted Parker, Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, Roger Tory Peterson, and others―who he frequently birded and traveled with around the world.
An autobiography shaped by birds and a personal obsession that has carried the author through life. After obtaining an English degree, John Lee worked for the Royal Hong Kong Police Force before returning to the UK to complete an MBA. Currently, he is Head of International Security at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg where he lives with his wife Victoria and son Jack (step daughter Molly has flown the nest). John is still birding wherever and whenever possible!
The Art Of Mindful Birdwatching: Reflections On Freedom & Being
Through personal anecdote and expert insight, Claire Thompson of BirdLife International invites us on a mindful journey through gardens, cities, open country, forests, coasts and mountains to enjoy and learn from the magnificent beauty and diversity of the avian world. Who has never gazed enviously at a bird soaring through the sky? Or delighted in the uplifting tunes of nature’s songsters? Birds can do wonders for our hearts and minds – if we simply pay them attention.
Bill Oddie's Little Black Bird Book
‘Bird-watchers are tense, competitive, selfish, shifty, dishonest, distrusting, boorish, pedantic, unsentimental, arrogant and above all envious’. So says Bill Oddie, and he should know! It’s a tough environment out there on marsh and moorland, and this scurrilous little classic is a must for all devoted birders and twitchers (and as Bill relates, there is a mighty difference!)
The Running Sky
Beginning in summer with clouds of breeding seabirds in Shetland and ending with nightjars like giant moths in the heart of England, Tim Dee maps his encounters with birds over four decades of tracking them around the world. He tells of familiar but near-global birds like sparrows, starlings and ravens, and exotic species, like electrically coloured hummingbirds in California and bee-eaters in Africa. Dee restores us to the primacy of looking, and takes us outside, again and again, to marvel at what is flying above us.
One night Mark Cocker followed the roiling, deafening flock of rooks and jackdaws which regularly passed over his Norfolk home on their way to roost in the Yare valley. From the moment he watched the multitudes blossom as a mysterious dark flower above the night woods, these gloriously commonplace birds were unsheathed entirely from their ordinariness. They became for Cocker a fixation and a way of life.
Behind The Binoculars: Interviews With Acclaimed Birdwatchers
Mark Avery and Keith Betton, passionate birdwatchers and conservationists, interview members of the birdwatching community to answer these and many other questions about the lives of famous birdwatchers. They take you behind the scenes, and behind the binoculars, of a diverse range of birding and wildlife personalities.
Birders: Tales Of A Tribe
Since 1972 Mark Cocker has been a member of a community of obsessional people, almost all male, who sacrifice most of their spare time, a good deal of money, sometimes their chances of a partner or family, even occasionally their lives, to watch birds. Birders is the story of this community, of its characters, its rules, its equipment and its adventures – many of which are hilariously funny, Birders is also a work of love – the story of what birds can do to the human heart.
This Birding Life: The Best Of The Guardian's Birdwatch
Moss’s ‘Birdwatch’ column has over the years included nostalgic reminiscences on birdwatching as a child, accounts of birding expeditions to places as farflung as St Kilda and even Antarctica, of birding on his honeymoon in the Gambia, the birds on his garden feeder and, recently, introducing his toddler son to a first awareness of birds. Now, the best of these ‘Birdwatch’ columns are collected into a beautiful miniature hardback, tastefully designed and illustrated with line drawings, and together they build into a touching and fascinating chronicle of how one person’s hobby has endured and evolved and in turn enriched a whole life.
The Joy Of Birdwatching: For Those Who Love Seeing Birds In The Wild
This pocket-sized miscellany, packed with fascinating facts, handy hints and captivating stories and quotes from the world of birds, is perfect for anyone who knows the incomparable joy of birdwatching. Alan Davies and Ruth Miller are the authors of Best Birdwatching Sites in North Wales and The Biggest Twitch.
A Sky Full Of Birds
In A Sky Full of Birds, poet and nature writer Matt Merritt shares his passion for birdwatching by taking us to some of the great avian gatherings that occur around the British isles – from ravens in Anglesey and raptors on the Wirral, to Kent nightingales and Scottish capercaillies. By turns lyrical, informative and entertaining, he shows how natural miracles can be found all around us, if only we know where to look for them.