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UK500 - Birding in the Fast Lane Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Jul 2006

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Brambleby Books (1 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954334787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954334789
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 0.7 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 834,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"UK500: Birding in the Fast Lane" is an insight into the world of twitching, an anecdotal, humourous and highly personal account of some of the author's most memorable - and amusing - missions to add new birds to his ever-increasing British life-list. Complemented by his own photographs, paintings and illustrations, he recounts car crashes, stormy sea crossings, plane convoys and even a coastguard rescue, all encountered during his quest to see 500+ bird species in Britain and Ireland, a quest which has spanned 17 years. If you never thought the simple pleasure of bird watching - now one of the fastest-growing recreational activities in the world - could be described as 'extreme', you should read this book.This is a companion volume to Adrian Riley's best selling book "Arrivals and Rivals: A Birding Oddity," reprinted in October 2007 with minor corrections. James Hanlon was born in South London in 1974 and grew up in East Ham, where very early on he developed a keen interest in wildlife, regularly going out bird watching by the age of 10.By his mid-teens the author had established himself as a keen 'twitcher', contributing illustrations and photographs to a number of rare bird publications.

After graduating in Zoology at Bangor University, he went backpacking to New Zealand, Australia and Bali. On returning to the UK, Hanlon resumed his birding activities and soon decided to try to record 500 bird species by his 30th birthday at the end of 2004.

From the Author

I would like to respond to the invaluable feedback readers
have offered through reviews both in the general birding press and on the
Amazon website. Though the book appears to have been well-received there
has been more than one referral to its length, with suggestions it could
have been longer!
When compared to titles such as the Big Year by Mark Obmascik and Arrivals
and Rivals by Adrian Riley yes it is a little on the short side but my
intention when writing this book was to bring together both prose and
artwork - it is as much a gallery for my brush-strokes as it is for my pen.
It is designed to be short so as to hold interest to the end without
compromising quality for the sake of quantity, or scaring off those with
only a passing interest in birds, who have little interest in twitching
themselves. The book is priced a shade higher than those titles already
mentioned as it contains many colour plates, a feature which always boosts
production costs, and inevitably, publication price. My end result is a
work which - I sincerely hope - reaches out to the non-birding community as
much as it does the twitchers and indeed other birders.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have written
reviews and offered their opinions - I am delighted that most feedback has
been overwhelmingly positive.

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