The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story . . .with Wings

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story . . .with Wings

by Mark Bittner
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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story . . .with Wings by Mark Bittner

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph HillMark BittnerThe Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is the inspiring story of how one man found his life’s work—and true love—among a gang of wild parrots roosting in one of America’s most picturesque urban settings.

Mark Bittner was down on his luck. He’d gone to San Francisco at the age of twenty-one to take a stab at a music career, but he hadn’t had much success. After many years as an odd-jobber in the area, he accepted work as a housekeeper for an elderly woman. The gig came with a rent-free studio apartment on the city’s famed Telegraph Hill, which had somehow become home to a flock of brilliantly colored wild parrots.

In this unforgettable story, Bittner recounts how he became fascinated by the birds and made up his mind to get to know them and gain their trust. He succeeds to such a degree that he becomes the local wild parrot expert and a tourist attraction. People can’t help gawking at the man who, during daily feedings, stands with parrots perched along both arms and atop his head. When a documentary filmmaker comes along to capture the phenomenon on film, the story takes a surprising turn, and Bittner’s life truly takes flight.MARK BITTNER is the subject of a documentary film, also titled The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, directed by Judy Irving. The film qualified for consideration in the “Best Feature Documentary” category in the 2003 Academy Awards. Mark still lives in San Francisco on Telegraph Hill. Visit the book’s website at www.wildparrotsbook.com and the film’s at www.pelicanmedia.org.

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ISBN-13: 9780609610558
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/20/2004
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.68(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

MARK BITTNER is the subject of a documentary film, also titled The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, directed by Judy Irving. The film qualified for consideration in the “Best Feature Documentary” category in the 2003 Academy Awards. Mark still lives in San Francisco on Telegraph Hill.

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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story... with Wings 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this story not only because of my interest in parrots, but as a result of Mark Bittner's relationship with the parrots he gained both poignant and touching lessons and a self discovery from such an unexpected source. Sometimes the things in life that we strive the hardest to find or understand come to us only when the time is right. As adults many of us go through periods of our lives when we struggle to find a purpose or a meaning for it all and I guess that is why this book touched me in the way that it did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen the film. I've read the book. Both brought tears to my eyes. And I've met Mark Bittner, the author and subject of the book. This story is an inspiration to parrot lovers, bird lovers and all those who search for their place in the universe. Bravo!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
An eloquent story about a flock of wild parrots, a man's search for his place in the world and the meaning of life. The author's explanation of where he found God parallels what I have felt most of my life but no one ever put into words. Who knew I would find my answers among the pages of a story about wild conures? Each chapter is another step down a path to a destination that the writer does not know, nor does he need to know. In a world where we all follow paths that we plan out for ourselves this man has a courage and faith greater than most. His story and the story of the flock are not just for bird lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt so many mixed emotions when reading this book. I was angry, I smiled, I even cried. Never has a book brought me so close to a flock of birds that I don't even know. There were several times when I grabbed my parrot and thanked him for all that he has given to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a dry recitation of the daily in's and out's of an urban bird watcher -- don't bother with this one. I admit to being a bird lover and one who enjoys nature in its many forms, so I expected to take my time plodding through page after page of 'I sighted 3 young juveniles shortly after fledging' and trying to visualize this tropical species struggling to survive far from their native environment. In other words, I expected to find a moderately interesting book about an interesting avian phenomenon in an unusual environment. I did not expect to be riveted by the honest, personal account of one man's struggle to make sense of his world and his place in nature. I found myself unable to put this book down and pulled my first 'all nighter' in many years. No, it's not an action thriller, but I found the inter-action between this man and his unusual flock to be thrilling none-the-less. I'll admit to surreptitously wiping tears from my eyes (more than once) and being surprised by the depth of emotion that was touched within me. Mr. Bittner also manages to demonstrate a strong grasp of some esoteric spiritual principles -- without preaching. His humanity is achingly apparent in his writing about some of the lowest points in his own life without resorting to sloppy senitmentalism or 'been there done that' braggadocio. If you consider yourself to be student of life, of nature, or even of humanity, read this book.