How to be a Bad Birdwatcher: To the Greater Glory of Life Paperback – 23 Mar 2006
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Look out of the window. See a bird. Enjoy it. Congratulations. You are now a bad birdwatcher. Anyone who has ever gazed up at the sky or stared out of the window knows something about birds. In this funny, inspiring, eye-opening book, Simon Barnes paints a riveting picture of how bird-watching has framed his life and can help us all to a better understanding of our place on this planet. How to be a bad birdwatcher shows why birdwatching is not the preserve of twitchers, but one of the simplest, cheapest and most rewarding pastimes around.
About the Author
Simon Barnes, the well-loved and frequently controversial columnist for the RSPB's Birds magazine, is the author of a dozen books, including three on wildlife and three novels. He is also the award-winning chief sportswriter for The Times. He lives in Suffolk with his family and has seen a barn owl, kingfisher and marsh harrier in his garden.
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It is a joy and delight! The author's definition of a bad birdwatcher is someone who isnt a fanatic or twitcher or someone who needs to make lists of birds they have seen, but rather someone who just lifts up their head, sees a bird and feels their own heart sing as a result. In essence, then, anyone can be a bad bird watcher and there are no rules. The author's love of birds comes through every page and makes one want to look out for birds and to experience those same heart-singing moments.
It has encouraged me to do so and I see birds everywhere now! I don't do anything different or go anywhere different, but my eyes have been opened and I will never not notice birds again!
Regardless of whether you are interested in birds you'll find this is a rollicking great read.
Don't expect glossy photos, this is a smart little paperback with just a few simple drawings. It celebrates the joy of birdwatching; it is witty, amusing and interesting - a lovely addition to a birdwatcher's library and to anyone who appreciates looking out of the window and seeing garden birds.
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