I have to disagree on the Big Year - I thought it was very interesting,
but very poorly written, it jumped all over the place and I found that
frustrating, although the content was terrific. Another book in a
similar vein - 'The Twitchers' I think it was called - was better, but
Sean Dooley certainly, in my opinion, outclasses the others. I haven't
read 'Anoraks to Zitting Cists' yet, I bought it in November and am just
waiting till I have time to sit down and read it without interruption -
along with some good whiskey - but I thoroughly enjoyed 'The BIg Twitch'
and, as everyone else has, highly recommend it.
I was given a small book called 'The Birdwatcher's Companion' at
Christmas and it's full of random stuff regarding birds and birdwatching
with a bent towards the UK. I don't know where it was obtained, but it's
really interesting to read in small snippets.
On Fri, 28 Dec 2007 06:03:59 +0000, "Steve Dark"
> Hi again guys, apologies I shouldn't leave out ' Mark Obmascik' ' The Big
> Twitch'. its another very well written account of birders obsessive
> listing. Recommended.
> Gloucester. UK> From: > To:
> > Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 12:35:13 +1100>
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Bird and birding books> > Dear all -> > > > As a
> rookie birder with limited time , I'm looking for well-written books on>
> birds generally - eg, habits, biology, lifecycles, migrations, and the
> such> - and on birding as a pastime. I gather Dooley's book would be a
> hoot on the> latter.> > > > I tried to read a book with lots of
> interesting bird info in it a few years> ago, but it was written in such
> a dull and pedestrian style I couldn't> finish it.> > > > What is good
> out there?> > > > I'm also not averse to well-written web-pages.> > > >
> Thanks in advance> > > > Cheers> > Gordon> >
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