Birders:Tales of a Tribe

Overview

For thirty years, Mark Cocker has been a member of a community of obsessional people who sacrifice most of their spare time, a good deal of money, sometimes their chances of a partner or family, even occasionally their lives, to watch birds. Birders is a captivating invitation to join the tribe, introducing its rules, equipment, and its marvelously eccentric characters, whose adventures span from searching for a Theresa's snowfinch in the Afghan desert to trespassing for the blackwinged pranticole on an ...
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Overview

For thirty years, Mark Cocker has been a member of a community of obsessional people who sacrifice most of their spare time, a good deal of money, sometimes their chances of a partner or family, even occasionally their lives, to watch birds. Birders is a captivating invitation to join the tribe, introducing its rules, equipment, and its marvelously eccentric characters, whose adventures span from searching for a Theresa's snowfinch in the Afghan desert to trespassing for the blackwinged pranticole on an off-limits sewage farm. Above all, Birders is the touching story of one man's passion for what is -- more than just his hobby -- his love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802139962
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Edition description: 2001 First Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
1 Satyr Tragopan 1
2 The Archaeopteryx 5
3 The Two-legged Kind 8
4 The Feathered Kind 15
5 Bins and Scope 26
6 The Cave Wall 34
7 Roger Tory Peterson's Oystercatcher 45
8 Where Are You Going, Mate? 57
9 A Godwit's Inscrutable Eye 74
10 The Loop 92
11 The Loop, II 103
12 545 and 514 117
13 Songs of Praise 132
14 The Yanomami Hunters 145
15 String 155
16 The Place that Launched a Thousand Trips 173
17 US Cops and Mexican Bandits 184
18 Satyr Tragopan, II--the End 196
19 Back on Full Bonus 214
Useful Information, Addresses and Organisations 220
Index 226
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