Down & Dirty Birding: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous, Here's All the Outrageous but True Stuff You've Ever Wanted to Know About North American Birds

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Fledging birdwatchers, armchair birders, and even professional ornithologists will delight in this irreverent guide to looking, acting, and talking like a knowledgeable expert on avian life. Combining useful, accurate facts with hilarious advice, amateur birdwatcher Joey Slinger takes a wacky, witty, and informative look at the world of birds and the people who watch them. 15 line drawings.
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Overview

Fledging birdwatchers, armchair birders, and even professional ornithologists will delight in this irreverent guide to looking, acting, and talking like a knowledgeable expert on avian life. Combining useful, accurate facts with hilarious advice, amateur birdwatcher Joey Slinger takes a wacky, witty, and informative look at the world of birds and the people who watch them. 15 line drawings.
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Most natural history books provide information in a straightforward, expository style. This work is circuitous, humorous, and often profane. (For example, the distraction display, when birds slink away faking a broken wing to try to lead an intruder from their nest, is described as the "crippled bird act, or giving the big bad wolf the old WAZOO.") Because of Slinger's informal (to say the least) style, readers may not realize that his ribald, rambling book actually contains a pretty solid overview of birding, albeit often in rather hit-or-miss fashion. Chapters touch on birders, bird behavior, bird parts, identification, and ten prime birding locations; a miscellaneous chapter called "Deep Background" defies categorization. Anyone who would enjoy reading about nature as it might be related by a standup comedian or glib talk-show host will enjoy this often hilarious book, but for most it would seem an optional purchase.Henry T. Armistead, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684804590
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 7/3/1996
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Down & Dirty Birding is a hoot !  Once you start reading , y

    Down & Dirty Birding is a hoot !  Once you start reading , you cannot put the book down. A lot of valuable information  about birds
    whether or not not it is accurate, but what the heck... it sure makes for a good time.      Jerry J., Maine

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