Bird and birding books

To: Colin R <>, <>
Subject: Bird and birding books
From: Steve Dark <>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 00:11:43 +0000
Hi, I don't know about other people but generally I don't buy books about birds 
or birders for their literally excellence.  I would have thought that a book 
(The Big Year)about 3 different people trying to see as many birds as possible 
in the US during the year would jump about all over the place. 
IMHO its part of its charm. Its definitely worth a read poorly written or not. 
We shall have to agree to disagree about this one.

Have to agree though that Sean Dooleys book is in a class of its own.  Hugely 
enjoyable and I have now read it several times. It never fails to make me laugh.

Gloucester. UK> From: > To: > 
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Bird and birding books> Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 
08:37:38 +1000> > Hi> 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.> Cheers> 
Colin> > > On Fri, 28 Dec 2007 06:03:59 +0000, "Steve Dark"> 
<> said:> > > > 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.> > > > Steve> > 
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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