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Inthis refreshingly irreverent introduction to the subject, Simon Barnes makes birdwatching simpleand above all, enjoyable.
Anyone who has ever looked up at the sky or gazed out the window knows a thing or two about birds. Who doesnt know the brisk purpose of a sparrow, the airy insouciance of the seagull, the dramatic power of the hawk? Birds are beautiful, you can encounter them anywhere, and they embody one of the primal human aspirations: flight.
Birdwatching starts, simply, with a habit of looking. You let birds into your life a little at a time. You remember bird names as you would the names of people youve enjoyed meeting. And if you share your looking and listening with other people, so much the better. Birdwatching might even help you get along with the father who never approved of anything you didas it did for Barnes.
As Barnes shares his relaxed principles of birdwatching, he also shows us the power of place: the elation of spotting kingfishers in Kashmir, hawks over the Great Lakes, or the birds closest to home. And he shows how, no matter where you live, birds can connect you to the greater glory of life.
Funny, enthusiastic, and inspiring, How to Be a Bad Birdwatcher demonstrates why you dont have to have fancy binoculars or lifetime checklists to discover a new world. So, begin the habit of looking. See that bird . . . Enjoy it! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The author warmly portrays the discovery of bird identification as well as the fun of sharing and learning with fellow birders. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kathleen W. Ashman
Haven't read but a couple of pages of the book, but looks good. Book came in a very few days--great service.Published on May 23, 2007 by Vicki Williams
So I finally got around to reading How to be a (Bad) Birdwatcher, and I found this book to be an absolute treasure. Read morePublished on January 18, 2007 by Daniel Rhoads
Anyone who has ever watched a bird, either as a life long hobby or for a casual moment during the course of a day should read this book. Read morePublished on January 1, 2007 by Derek S. Chiarenza
I secretly suspect that people who like to watch birds are basically just nice people. Thats how the author comes across as a person. Read morePublished on November 6, 2006 by CK
Anyone who has ever lifted their eyes to watch a hawk circle or a seagull soar will appreciate this book. Read morePublished on April 5, 2006 by J. Moyes