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  • Paperback
  • 288
  • The Big Year A Tale of Man Nature and Fowl Obsession
  • Mark Obmascik
  • English
  • 01 September 2018
  • 9780743245463

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Summary The Big Year A Tale of Man Nature and Fowl Obsession Free download ☆ The Big Year A Tale of Man Nature and Fowl Obsession ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook S one man to a record so gigantic that it is unlikely ever to be bested Here prize winning journalist Mark Obmascik creates a dazzling fun narrative of the 275000 mile odyssey of these three obsessives as they fight to win the greatest or maybe worst birding contest of all tim. For those of you who haven t seen the charming movie adaptation of this eually charming book the Big Year is a competition in which birders try to spot as many species of bird as they possibly can in the US and Canada in one calendar year Note that I use the term birder as opposed to bird watcher In the movie Steve Martin s character bristles when his co workers use the term bird watching but the book explains the difference I am a birdwatcher I own a field guide and I use it to identify all the species that land on my deck I let the birds come to me A birder goes out to find the birds And Big Year contestants will spend a fortune of money seeing birds wherever and however they can whether by boat by helicopter or on a remote island of Alaska called Attu These guys are all about the chaseBecause of that the book reads like an advent

Summary The Big Year A Tale of Man Nature and Fowl Obsession

The Big Year A Tale of Man Nature and Fowl Obsession

Summary The Big Year A Tale of Man Nature and Fowl Obsession Free download ☆ The Big Year A Tale of Man Nature and Fowl Obsession ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Every January 1 a uirky crowd storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year a grand expensive and occasionally vicious 365 day marathon of birdwatching For three men in particular 1998 would become a grueling battle for a new North Ame. Welcome to the world of Competitive Birdwatching Nope I didn t know there was such a thing eitherAnd not to sound sexist but leave it to MEN to turn the gentle pastime of enjoying our feathered friends into a pissing contestThis book chronicles the adventures of three men competing to get the highest bird count in one year From the Dry Tortugas to Attu these guys spare no expense braving horrific weather and gut churning boat trips all in the hopes of catching a glimpse of a rare birdThe author does a nice job of introducing the men and explaining how they became interested in birdwatching He also touches briefly on the history of birding though I m not sure even Audubon and Roger Tory Peterson were as obsessed as these guysThe book is fast paced and it s easy to get caught up in the excitement as the year draws to a close and the counts grow ever higher

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Summary The Big Year A Tale of Man Nature and Fowl Obsession Free download ☆ The Big Year A Tale of Man Nature and Fowl Obsession ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Rican birding record Bouncing from coast to coast on frenetic pilgrimages for once in a lifetime rarities they brave broiling deserts bug infested swamps and some of the lumpiest motel mattresses known to man This unprecedented year of beat the clock adventures ultimately lead. Mark Obmascik s style here is playful and almost conversational He really plays up the competition among the three contenders I discovered however that I d much rather read about birds than about bird chasers I m generally content to observe the common species of birds sharing the habitat close to my home I can be thrilled by a robin feasting on fall berries barn swallows building a nest in spring hundreds of crows gathering in a huge pine for an evening confab or a winter wren singing his heart out putting on a concert just for me I do enjoy the challenge and excitement of identifying a bird I ve never seen before but I ve never kept a life list and never willTo me the concept of competitive birding is absurd Birdwatching is not a sport People who race around the country checking off species as uickly as possible are not watching birds They are bird ch