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Bill Oddie's Little Black Bird Book Paperback – 1 Jan 1998


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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Portico; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860519597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860519591
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This title is being updated and reprinted for May 2006.

About the Author

Comedy writer, pop singer, musician, TV presenter, entertainer, naturalist, environmental campaigner and author, Bill Oddie is one of Britain's best-loved personalities. One-time star of The Goodies, he is latterly most famous for his popular BBC shows Springwatch and Autumnwatch. Bill is popularly acknowledged as one of the UK's leading experts on bird-watching, and in October 2003 he was awarded an OBE for his services to Wildlife Conservation.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Big Mick on 27 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
A wonderful read with a whole load of information. It takes on the feel of a group therapy session - "My name is Bill and I am addicted to small feathered animals". If you share this strange fixation and want to find a name for your obsession this is the book for you.

I enjoyed the wonderful chapter on what a bird officianado calls themselves. From hard core "twitcher" to "not an ornithologist". There are many more titles for you to conjure with. "Bird fancier" isn't good. Apparantly.

A good giggle.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sally-Anne on 5 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
Very funny and most of it true, probably. Heaps of information about people who are involved in bird orientated pass times. The two main categories are "birders" and "twitchers" though Bill does refer briefly to "ornithologists" and "dudes". "Bird watcher ... is not the correct term." The correct one, "birder", refers to folks who go out looking for birds and involves "ruggedness" and athleticism". So what's a person who watches birds from the comfort of their living room arm chair then? That's me. Persona non grata in the vocabulary of birders and twitchers.
This book serves as both a guide and a warning - a bit like a hand book on drugs (I imagine). Don't do it! But if you must do it, you'll need the following clothing, equipment, mentality and so on. If there was ever any danger of my drifting towards a life of birding, then degenerating into a mad twitcher, this book has saved me. Who would want to be "gripped off" by some smug neurotic in a grubby anorak? What bird lovers would mercilessly chase rare (in this country at least) birds that have been blown off course and accidentally landed in Britain, when all the poor little beggars want, is to catch their breath and get their bearings? No, I'll stick with watching my garden birds and recording what I see on the garden bird survey form. Thanks Bill.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
There are few books that we can truly say affect us throughout our life. My personal list include Lolita, Heart of Darkness, Quo Vadis .... and Bill Oddie's Little Black Bird Book. To say that it rocked my life's foundations would be an understatement. It unashamedly ripped me away from being a young impressionable young man perfectly content at watching a flock of "waders" wheel dramatically against a winter skyline, to now cursing the low sun because I can't get any feather detail on the end one that looks a "bit small for a Dunlin". This book is about birds and birders, but if you want to look for philosophical debate it will also tell you a lot about why certain people spot trains, collect Toby Mugs, or never miss a match neither home nor away for 23 years. But it's really about birds.
If you're a bird-watcher you must read this book. If you're a birder, you already have. And if you're neither it'll turn you off bird-watching for ever, which as Bill says is no bad thing because there's too many of us already.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Hunt on 30 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Bill Oddie's Little Black Bird Book (BOLBBB) is a wonderful addition to the 'Birder'/'Twitcher' communities, in other words everybody that is interested in birds will get a fantastic [and very hard] kick out of reading this. Where as guides contain an encyclopedic list of references, BOLBBB is an easy to read general advice book covering the highs and lows of bird watching in general, types of birds to watch and their geographical location.

There are superbly sketched diagrams throughout the book with a very good splashing of Bill Oddie's fantastic sense of humour. The only bad thing about the book is that it hasn't been available for a while, now it's back buy it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Tate on 8 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the book that helped me more than any other when I first became a "serious" birdwatcher. Full of useful tips: where to go; how to identify by "jizz"; the joys and excitements of responsible "twitching".
Back in the '80s I recommended it to everyone - for its humour and its expert knowledge - and I am delighted it is being reissued. A brilliant book - and funny! Full of knowledge - and "tongue-in-cheek" with it. My original copy has fallen apart with use - it was a paperback. Now I can order a hardback replacement. Thanks Bill Oddie.

Ann Tate. Author of "Birdwatcher's Year". David & Charles.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a little worried that too many readers expect too much from books these days. Years ago there were ONLY books (and magazines), whereas today we have the internet - which has EVERYTHING in it. Books can only really have a CERTAIN amount of information compared with the internet. For example the book under discussion here, cannot have everything the internet has. Obviously. Little black birds are being discovered EVERY DAY, and therefore they cannot ALL be included in this book; as the book - unlike the internet - cannot be updated (unless of course a newer edition is published... and even THEN the cycle will begin again) No, I suggest that when a new species is discovered, the owner of this book should scribble it down in the book, themselves, and then maybe they'll have a lot less to complain about. This is truly wonderful stuff. Especially written on paper, and small enough to slip into my back pocket. If I was prowling around in the bushes late at night desperate to spy on a pair, I wouldn't want to do it with a computer on my lap. The fluorescence would surely frighten off any of my fellow twitchers. And besides, imagine how long me cable would have to be!
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