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- DescriptionWatching birds is a growing pastime for many people but how much do we really kw about them? A lifetime spent identifying and photographing birds makes Anthony McGeehan the ideal guide to show us our birds in a different way, creatures that, to survive and delight us, bear an increasingly heavy load. They are beautiful and clever but are increasingly vulnerable because of modern farming practices, pollution, climate change and hunting. Birds presents the lives and times of the birds that surround us. Each has a story to tell, from Brent Geese, who perform an annual round trip from here to Canada, to Kestrels that engage ultra-violet vision to detect mice, from vanishing souls such as Corncrake and Skylarks. People's lives are intertwined with those of birds and the author encourages us to look and listen, to protect and understand and most of all to recognise the beauty of the birds around us. Lavishly illustrated and engrossingly narrated, this book is the birds' moment and, for some, perhaps, salvation.
- Author BiographyAnthony McGeehan, from Belfast, has been watching and photographing birds since childhood. Today, he works with BirdWatch Ireland on bird surveys and monitoring schemes and leads bird tours. He has written widely for magazines and journals, including some in Europe and North America, as well as regular newspaper contributions since the 1980s. His book, Birding From The Hip, attracted much favourable comment. Julian Wyllie is perhaps amongst the last of a generation of birders who taught themselves to read with The Observer's Book of Birds. Sharing his life-long love for the natural world with a fascination for post-1965 underground music, he worked as a second-hand record dealer, at recurrent dishwashing posts and a multitude of contracts for conservation bodies. Since 2004 he has lived on Sherkin Island in West Cork, where he spends his time birding or listening to The Fall.
- Author(s)Anthony McGeehan,Julian Wyllie
- PublisherThe Collins Press
- Date of Publication30/09/2012
- SubjectNatural History: Animal & Wildlife
- Place of PublicationCork
- Country of PublicationIreland
- ImprintThe Collins Press
- Content Notecolour photos
- Weight1803 g
- Width249 mm
- Height290 mm
- Spine26 mm
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