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Since 1972 Mark Cocker has been a member of a community of people who sacrifice most of their spare time, a good deal of money, sometimes their chances of a partner or family, and even occasionally their lives to watch birds. There is the record-holding husband and wife who cross continents to "twitch" (spot rare birds); the disgraced "stringer" who takes desperate measures to falsify a spotting of the coveted black lark, leading hundreds on a fruitless search; and a group of friends who go birding in America only to be plagued by car trouble, drunk drivers, robbery, and an encounter with the border police. Birders is also an inspiring and heartwarming account of the author's lifelong love for his hobby, and the way it transforms him — from his fetishistic love affair with his notebook and "bins" (binoculars) to his deep mourning for a friend who went missing when he followed the call of an elusive pheasant in the Himalayan mountains. Informative, touching, and astoundingly funny, here is the layman's invitation to share in an unlikely obsession.

Review:

"Fascinating ... He has written the best account yet of the 'tribe' and its wonderful, unworldly passions." Derwent May, The Times (London)

Review:

"Birders: Tales of a Tribe reveals the drama, thrills, and swashbuckling excitement of birdwatching." Stuart Winter, The Daily Star (London)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780871138446
Subtitle:
Tales of a Tribe
Author:
Cocker, Mark
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Bird watching
Subject:
Bird watchers.
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Series Volume:
1625-C
Publication Date:
May 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.54x5.70x.88 in. .88 lbs.

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Birds » General
Science and Mathematics » Ornithology » General Ornithology and Birding

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Product details 240 pages Grove Press - English 9780871138446 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Fascinating ... He has written the best account yet of the 'tribe' and its wonderful, unworldly passions."
"Review" by , "Birders: Tales of a Tribe reveals the drama, thrills, and swashbuckling excitement of birdwatching."
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