Rule No.1 is no "stringing", or claiming to have spotted birds that you haven't. Birders tells its own dark and labyrinthine tale of an alleged cheat who was eventually hounded out of the hobby--suffice to say, there's a level of duplicity and intrigue surrounding this business of birdwatching that will bewilder outsiders.
Hadn't he said he'd taken the photos from the car? Could it be that such a bird would allow this movement around it? [the photo] almost looked as if it were part of a professional shoot with a... the words lingered in the air, then finally slipped out--with a MODEL!
If you've never driven through the night on the off chance of spotting a Blyth's Reed Warbler, you may struggle to suppress the urge to decry birders as a bunch of weird obsessives--whose status within the group is based on familiarity with the minutiae of an inconsequential hobby--but it's worth the effort. This is an intriguing, entertaining read, with a surprisingly poignant conclusion, that succeeds in its aim to record evidence of a largely hidden world. --Alex Hankin
This is a description that many will never understand. It recounts a life of a hobby that will seem odd or absurd to most, heart-warming to those who have devoted lives to it and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steven halstead
As the cover says, tales of a tribe.Unfortunately, I found the tales neither particularly interesting nor amusing. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Silverbirch
As a member of the birding community I found some bits of this book of interest, but I felt that it did not continue to hold my attention & didn’t feel addicted to the book. Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2013 by Steven