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020 _a9781474603027 : (ePub ebook)
020 _a9781474603003 : (hbk)
040 _aStDuBDS
082 0 4 _a598.07234
100 1 _aRichardson, Rosamond,
245 1 0 _aWaiting for the Albino Dunnock /
_cRosamond Richardson.
260 _aLondon :
_bWeidenfeld & Nicolson,
300 _a355 p. :
_bill. ;
_c23 cm.
500 _aAcademic
504 _aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
520 _aWritten by a beginner-birdwatcher with the freshness and passion of a convert, WAITING FOR THE ALBINO DUNNOCK explores the world of birds through the seasons of a single year. It describes encounters with particular birds in the landscapes of East Anglia where the author is rooted. Occasional journeys farther afield take the reader to truly wild places in the Outer Hebrides and Eastern Europe. Yet the ordinary experience of bird-watching is also far more than just that. The beauty of birds has the power to change lives, as it did the author's, and as in the case of the all-but-legendary snow leopard, it is more about the search than the result. Personal and elegiac in tone, the writing is an unusual combination of prose poems based on the actual experience of seeing a specific bird for the first time, woven with elements of science and wisdom traditions, ornithology (and its punning counterpart ornithology), mythology and philosophy, taxonomy and history, literature and folklore, conveying the wider picture of what it means to be human in relationship to nature. WAITING FOR THE ALBINO DUNNOCK explores the degree to which wildness is embedded in the human psyche and how beauty is central to our mental and emotional well-being, while highlighting the careless damage we are inflicting on the natural world.
_uProvided by Publisher.
650 0 _aBird watching.
942 _2ddc