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All Things Reconsidered: My Birding Adventures

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The world's most famous bird watcher recounts his travels in pursuit of birds.

A decade after the death of Roger Tory Peterson, his unique perspective on birding comes to life in these highly personal narratives. Here he relates his adventures during a lifetime of traveling the world to observe and record nature. Peterson's sense of adventure and curiousity could not be extinguished. While in his eighties, as one essay relates, his boat capsized in freezing water off the coast of Maine as he was filming a documentary. In another essay we watch his tiny rowboat get caught in an angry sea off the coast of Argentina. Then there is what Peterson called his most exciting bird experience: searching for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Though Peterson was widely known for his illustrations, this collection reminds us of his accomplishments as a phtographer, for Peterson was nearly as passionate about photography as he was about painting. The essays, photographs, and illustrations included here were carefully selected by Bill Thompson III, the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest, which ran Peterson's column, "All Things Reconsidered," during the last twelve years of his life.

Review:

"Once, when Peterson was in a Nairobi restaurant, the headwaiter addressed him as 'Bwana Ndege,' or 'Mr. Bird.' And Mr. Bird he was: naturalist Peterson's 1953 classic, A Field Guide to the Birds, introduced a quick way of identifying live birds that is well known and used today as the Peterson Identification System. The Peterson Field Guide series is used by experts and novices alike. But Peterson also wrote a regular and delightfully personal column for Bird Watcher's Digest from 1984 until his death in 1996. This selection of small gems, carefully collected by current Digest editor Thompson, displays many of Peterson's little-known interests as well as fascinating descriptions of birding adventures in the wilds of Africa, Mexico and New York City. Peterson also displays an elegant and precise writing style. While there's often a certain elegiac quality to Peterson's last essays, in which he recalls some of his naturalist friends and peers who have died, this collection overall stands as a tribute to the joy he experienced through birding: 'To take a chance once in a while and to get away with it is to feel alive.' 80 color photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The world's most famous bird watcher recounts his travels in pursuit of birds.

A decade after the death of Roger Tory Peterson, his unique perspective on birding comes to life in these highly personal narratives. Here he relates his adventures during a lifetime of traveling the world to observe and record nature. Peterson's sense of adventure and curiousity could not be extinguished. While in his eighties, as one essay relates, his boat capsized in freezing water off the coast of Maine as he was filming a documentary. In another essay we watch his tiny rowboat get caught in an angry sea off the coast of Argentina. Then there is what Peterson called his most exciting bird experience: searching for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Though Peterson was widely known for his illustrations, this collection reminds us of his accomplishments as a phtographer, for Peterson was nearly as passionate about photography as he was about painting. The essays, photographs, and illustrations included here were carefully selected by Bill Thompson III, the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest, which ran Peterson's column, "All Things Reconsidered," during the last twelve years of his life.

About the Author

BILL THOMPSON III is the editor of Bird Watcherand#8217;s Digest and the author of many books about birds. He lives in Ohio with his wife, the author and illustrator Julie Zickefoose, and their two children.
Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix On Audubon and Those Confusing Warblers 1 What Are You Really? 10 A Letter to Lars Jonsson (After the 1984 Birdathon) 20 Return to the Pribilofs 26 and#147;Bwana Ndegeand#8221;and#151;Return to Kenya 38 Ruffs and Reeves 49 Vulture Vigils on Five Continents 54 Return to the Serengeti 65 Floridaand#8217;s Hot Spots 74 The Maine Story 83 The Peregrine Story 92 A Night in a Channel Lighthouse 100 Orgy on Delaware Bay 106 Finding the Ivory-billed Woodpecker 115 Broley, the Eagle Man 125 The Cattle Egret 135 High Seas in a Rowboat 146 Deceiving the Experts 155 Memories of Sir Peter Scott 164 A Bar in Botswana 169 Immortal Audubon 175 Capsized by a Rogue Wave 184 Memories of Manhattan 192 Ecotourismand#151;The New Buzzword 201 Long After Columbus 207 Memories of Ludlow Griscom 216 The Festival of the Cranes 222 Introduced Species 227 Seventy Years Behind the Camera 236 Extinction Is Forever 243 RTPand#8217;s Perspective: Birding Today 247 Wings Behind the Once Iron Curtain 254 Heath Hens and Attwaterand#8217;s 260 The Roger Tory Peterson Institute 267 The Legend of Lars-Eric Lindblad 272 An Update from the Cedars 280 Tornadoes of Tree Swallows 288 Isla Raza 292 Ghosts in the Bronx 298 A Short History of Hawk Mountain 305 American Wildlife Painting 317 My Evolution as a Bird Artist 324 Index 330

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618758623
Subtitle:
My Birding Adventures
Author:
Peterson, Roger Tory
Editor:
Thompson III, Bill
Editor:
Thompson, Bill, III
Author:
Bill Thompson III
Author:
Thompson III, Bill
Author:
Peterson, Roger Tory
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Bird watching
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Peterson, Roger Tory
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
80 color photographs
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.98 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Once, when Peterson was in a Nairobi restaurant, the headwaiter addressed him as 'Bwana Ndege,' or 'Mr. Bird.' And Mr. Bird he was: naturalist Peterson's 1953 classic, A Field Guide to the Birds, introduced a quick way of identifying live birds that is well known and used today as the Peterson Identification System. The Peterson Field Guide series is used by experts and novices alike. But Peterson also wrote a regular and delightfully personal column for Bird Watcher's Digest from 1984 until his death in 1996. This selection of small gems, carefully collected by current Digest editor Thompson, displays many of Peterson's little-known interests as well as fascinating descriptions of birding adventures in the wilds of Africa, Mexico and New York City. Peterson also displays an elegant and precise writing style. While there's often a certain elegiac quality to Peterson's last essays, in which he recalls some of his naturalist friends and peers who have died, this collection overall stands as a tribute to the joy he experienced through birding: 'To take a chance once in a while and to get away with it is to feel alive.' 80 color photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The world's most famous bird watcher recounts his travels in pursuit of birds.

A decade after the death of Roger Tory Peterson, his unique perspective on birding comes to life in these highly personal narratives. Here he relates his adventures during a lifetime of traveling the world to observe and record nature. Peterson's sense of adventure and curiousity could not be extinguished. While in his eighties, as one essay relates, his boat capsized in freezing water off the coast of Maine as he was filming a documentary. In another essay we watch his tiny rowboat get caught in an angry sea off the coast of Argentina. Then there is what Peterson called his most exciting bird experience: searching for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Though Peterson was widely known for his illustrations, this collection reminds us of his accomplishments as a phtographer, for Peterson was nearly as passionate about photography as he was about painting. The essays, photographs, and illustrations included here were carefully selected by Bill Thompson III, the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest, which ran Peterson's column, "All Things Reconsidered," during the last twelve years of his life.

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