Each striking image in this beautiful anthology is matched with a poem about the same species. Some composed by the famous, Shakespeare, Chaucer and Tennyson, others from less familiar or even anonymous voices from around the world. Illustrations are taken from the British Museum's vast collection of exquisite portrayals of birds from all over the world.
- ISBN: 9780714151120
- Author(s): Mavis Pilbeam
- Stock Code: 4151120
- Format: Paperback
- Illustrations: Colour illustrations
- Pages: 48
- Published: 2015
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As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T H White's tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own Goshawk. She buys Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.
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Birders worldwide were asked to nominate the top 100 favourite birds in their country and why. The responses included contributions from people from major organisations, such as Audubon and BirdLife, as well as individual birdwatchers. This formed the ranking for the 100 birds in this book.
A book about birds, their senses and behaviour that is informed by an attractive blend of personal experience, entertaining stories and cutting edge science. Illustration type: B/W illustrations, 265pp. 2013Paperback £8.99Buy Now