A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, Unabridged
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Nothing could be more appropriate for the great outdoors than A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion, by the Times writer Simon Barnes. Specially constructed for audio, with examples of the songs of our best-loved twitterers prefacing a salmagundi of curious facts about each bird, it is designed, Barnes says, for those whose hearts lift at the sound of the dawn chorus and a melody from a tree, but who can't identify the singers because they never get round to opening a field guide. Barnes makes amateur twitching easy, with witty mnemonics to help you remember bird calls. --Christina Hardyment, The Times
Simon Barnes is one of Britain's leading bird writers and humorists. His weekly column in "The Times", his essays for the "RSPB" magazine and his two books on bad bird-watching have made him one of the characters of the bird world. Here he reads his own illuminating introductions to 50 key birds of Britain, supported by the distinguishing bird song of each species. He not only gives helpful identifying features, but enriches them with whimsical observations on their characters and tendencies. It is a delightful text, superbly presented by the author himself.
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Better than that is the fact that it's a hugely enjoyable read, written in the romp along style that has made Barnes a star sports writer. His passion and enthusiasm really shine through. I'm sure that even 'good' birdwatchers', those who make lists and stuff, will enjoy reading it and no doubt learn a thing or two.
So if you're even remotely interested in birds and want to know a bit more this comes highly recommended. If you're like me you can expect some pleasant surprises as a consequence of picking it up. And I haven't even got 'How to be a bad birdwatcher' yet...