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A History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects [Kindle Edition]

David Callahan , Dominic Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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This book looks at 100 items that have profoundly shaped how people watched, studied and engaged with the avian world. Each item contains around 500 words on a double-page spread and include an illustration of the object in question. The book includes the objects listed below as well as many more.The range of items is international and cross-cultural. Subjects include:

An Egyptian 'field guide' [early tomb decorations of birds, identifiable as species]
Ornithologiae libri tres: the first British bird guide [a 1676 publication that attempted to itemise all British birds known at the time]
The Dodo specimen held at the Horniman museum
Systema Naturae by Carl Linnaeus [the first-ever system of scientific names in 1758, and still the international standard today]
The shotgun
The book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne by Gilbert White [1789]
HMS Beagle [the ship on which Darwin made his ground-breaking discoveries]
Aluminium bird rings [used to record movement and longevity of individuals and species]
along with many more modern innovations including walkie talkies, pagers, radio tags and apps.

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an excellent addition to the 'history of birdwatching'. a triumph of well-crafted prose and a tribute to our own imagination and ingenuity. It is highly recommended. Rare Bird Alert This book is nicely produced and attractive to hold and read.'ll find it stimulating - I did. Mark Avery adept and admirably crafted...A History of Birdwatching in 100 Objects will provide you with intriguing insights into how our hobby has grown to be the hugely popular outdoor pursuit that we know today. Bird Guides a unique perspective on the world of birds and those who watch them. Birdwatch engaging and thoughtful... . Carefully selected and well-described gems...make Callahan and Mitchell's History a pleasure to read. Birdwatching a charming new book Daily Express a fascinating testimony to the hold birds have exerted on our collective consciousness. Caught by the River this is a very enjoyable book Scotland Outdoors a fun read...charming and unique 10,000 Birds new and quirky Guardian glorious...a most enjoyable compendium Sunday Express

About the Author

Dominic Mitchell is managing editor of Birdwatch magazine. His books include Where to Watch Birds in the London Area, Christopher Helm 1997; Birdwatching: the ultimate guide to the birds of Europe, Collins 1997; Photographic Handbook to the Rare Birds of Britain and Europe, New Holland, 1999; Birds of Britain: the complete checklist, Solo Publishing 2010. He writes a regular blog, Birding Etc with Dominic Mitchell.

David Callahan is an active birdwatcher and staff writer on Birdwatch magazine and writes regularly on all aspects of birding.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 66799 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Christopher Helm; 1 edition (14 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,462,151 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Concept; Poor Result 4 Sept. 2014
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This was a dissapointment! The idea is good, thats why i bought the book but he Author failed to deliver I'm afraid
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Aug. 2014
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Gorgeous book full of interesting stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It would be interesting to see what Pete Dunne would do with a topic like this. 2 April 2015
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Interesting coverage of the subject but from a decidedly British point of view. It would be interesting to see what Pete Dunne would do with a topic like this.
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