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The Bird Table Book Hardcover – 24 Sep 2006


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; 7th Revised edition edition (24 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715300539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715300534
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TONY SOPER is a writer and broadcaster who co-founded the BBC's famous Natural History Unit and became its first film producer. He cut his teeth on the ground-breaking 'LOOK' series and organised far-flung wildlife adventures. Subsequently as a freelance he devised and anchored the live television BIRDWATCH programmes, presented the film series DISCOVERING BIRDS and BESIDE THE SEA, and the long-running environmental series NATURE on BBC2. He has presented many television films for BBC and for National Geographic. But in a parallel career he was one of the pioneers of expedition cruising, with over forty years of experience running small vessels on birding cruises as well as lecturing on everything from seaside tripper-boats to the largest and grandest cruise ships.

For the last twelve years he has worked as Expedition Leader in both Arctic and Antarctic seas, crossing the dreaded Drake Passage well over a hundred times, following the sun across both hemispheres in the style of the globe-spanning Arctic tern. He has an infectious enthusiasm for seagoing birds, seals and whales.

His fourteen books include monographs on Owls and Penguins; his back-garden Bird Table Book is a European best-seller; his field guides to the Arctic and the Antarctic are international best-sellers found in every polar travellers duffle bag. Other titles include Birdwatch, The National Trust Guide to the Coast, Oceans of Birds and The Shell Book of the Shore. He is an enthusiastic diver and small-boat sailor. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Plymouth and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His wife Hilary is a painter, they have two sons, one a seagoing expedition leader and one working for the BBC.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
There seem to be tens if not hundreds of bird table books around but this one The Bird Table Book by Tony Soper is one of the better ones.

You can pick up a second hand copy, like I have, quite cheaply on Amazon.
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It is a heavy weight book and is printed on that quality shiny paper.
There are lots of illustrations and many are in full colour.

What I like about this book is that it is easy to navigate around.
There are clear chapters on Bird Gardening, Birds and Bird tables, Bathing and Drinking, Nest Boxes, Species Notes, Birding from the kitchen window and working for birds.
If that is not enough there are good appendices about organisations concerned with bird life and suppliers of food and equipment.
But as the book was written in 1965 and although having been revised some of these addresses and telephone numbers may be out of date.

BUT the whole of the book is easily readable, very informative and entertaining which is what most people will buy it for.

|The diagrams are excellent, the photographs brilliant and if you only get one book on this subject this is a sound investment.

Recommended.
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