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Return of the Osprey: A Season of Flight and Wonder Paperback – February 26, 2002
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David Gessner, an able chronicler of the natural world, here recounts the slow reintroduction of the fish hawk to Cape Cod. He offers learned but lightly spun information on their natural history and behavior, matching what he has read to what he has seen as a close observer of these birds in the wild. (He wryly notes, "Sometimes sitting out on the marsh for hours on end is simply boring"--but entirely necessary.) Gessner's memoir documents the fortunes of a single species and celebrates the virtues of committing to a single place, a commitment that, he writes, "the modern world works against." It's a welcome addition to the natural history of raptors and of New England alike. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ironically it's in trying a bit too hard to be a modern day Emerson where the book falls down a bit. In extending this vision to the personal, Gessner offers us a few too many observations on what the Ospreys and nature means to the inner man. In "exploring the mystery" we could do without him comparing the emotions of watching a diving Osprey with that of his first sexual experience. More scientific observations and less metaphysical ones would have made the book perfect.
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THis was a gift to a couple who had ospreys live in their chimney this summer here on Cape Cod.
They were delighted with the book!
I am on my third reading and I know I will continue to keep reading it forever.Published 13 months ago by Norman Davis
This was a gift for a friend who loves Ospreys and wanted to know more about their nesting habits.Published 22 months ago by Carrie Liller
I read this book after reading "Soaring With Fidel" and it was filled with information that I never knew about ospreys, plus a good read and entertaining all at the same... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Robert F Slater
Purchased the book to learn more about Ospreys and it meets my expectations...The author's approach to meld in his life makes it interesting from a personal standpoint too but he... Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Phil Harvey
On the bridge that carries the CSX tracks across the Potomac River into Washington, D.C., not far from where I work, there is a pair of ospreys that have built a nest. Read morePublished on June 23, 2011 by Matthew Taylor