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The Biggest Twitch: Around the World in 4,000 Birds Paperback – 4 Aug 2010
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'There are casual birdwatchers and there are twitchers who'll fly halfway around the world to spot a cactus wren. Davies and Miller are the latter. Entertaining anecdotes with real honesty...even non-bird-buffs may be inspired to get out the binoculars.'
--Wanderlust, 1st November 2010
'...will make you dream of the destinations and the birds they saw'
--Birdwatch, 1st November 2010
'A great read'
--Real Travel, 1st December 2010
'It is the ideal companion for anyone setting off on a long plane or train journey.' --Sunday Express, January 9, 2011
'a fast-paced and enthralling read for birders everywhere'
--Birding World, vol. 23 2010
'an extraordinary birding adventure...you'll find yourself marvelling at the stamina of our two heroes and thoroughly inspired as well as entertained.'
--Bird Watching, September 2010
'Birders and eco-tourists will enjoy this book!'
--Birdbooker report website, 12th November 2010
About the Author
Ruth Miller and Alan Davies are self-confessed birding obsessives from North Wales. Alan is currently warden of the RSPB reserve at Conwy. His wife Ruth is a marketing consultant, and former Head of Trading for the RSPB. They dedicated one year of their lives to beating the birder's world record and smashing the seemingly impossible target of 4,000 species in a single calender year.
Top Customer Reviews
The book's authors write (more or less) alternate chapters as they dash around the world trying to beat the twitching record of 3,662 species which they do quite comfortably. I preferred Ruth's writing to Alan's which was more clinical and certainly less humorous, but perhaps more descriptive of the birds themselves, although Ruth's enjoyment of shags does shine through - details I am not sure were needed really. The couple get into some scrapes, which are both amusing and worrying - shots across the bows for future birdwatchers I am sure. I did wonder whether sickly Alan was actually going to make it, if it's not vertigo then it's sea sickness or altitude sickness or some other sickness. I hope Johnson and Johnson sponsored them, Imodium sales certainly increased thanks to Ruth.
The couple come across, I am afraid to say, as a bit arrogant with that all too common problem of minority enthusiasts who believe that only themselves and like minded people are important. They moan when someone else enjoys the great outdoors but not in their prescriptive way. Also their obsession is crazy, but I guess that's what you need if you want to break the record. I always read this type of book thinking whether or not I would like to go out birdwatching (or whatever) with the author(s) and in this case I think not.Read more ›
The book would provide a good holiday read as well as a useful reference for birding destinations. Obviously a reasonable interest and knowledge of the subject will help. The plates are not numerous and support the narrative rather than being a photographer's dream. I would have liked an index, but that would not have been practicable with so many sightings.
A book that I shall treasure and re-read from time to time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worth every penny! Ruth and Alan write a riveting tale and one that I could barely put down. They are also lovely people, engaging through social media whenever I had a question or... Read morePublished 15 months ago by James Cutting
Excellent reading, if you have birded abroad this will bring back memories.Published 21 months ago by happy shopper
A brilliant book this is the second time I have read it. I have been to many of the countries Ruth and Alan visited and it brought back wonderful memories of the different places... Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2015 by Eleanor Hurley
Well, what to say? First, this is a book for hardcore twitchers. If you are not interested in bird listing, forget it! Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2015 by mothsareus
Every dedicated birder will look for this book with interest and will think how can i do that , i wish i will make the same in my lifetime not in a year.Published on 7 Mar. 2014 by Rogerio
I have read a few books about birds as I do find them interesting, but I would say this is not one to read unless you are very definitely a keen birder. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
A book about a real achievement! You could almost say it's a book of what life should be about, it's about life, living, and living things all in one big adventure & reminds us of... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2013 by Stevie boy