By Derwent May
From dainty avocets prancing alongside the beach to panic-stricken waxwings frenziedly gobbling berries, from barking barnacle ducks to hovering skylarks, Derwent may perhaps writes approximately birds in a truly exact manner. As he is going looking for birdlife in quite a few areas – the English lanes and rolling corn fields that he loves, the lonely Essex marshes, the distant bird-haunted islands of Grassholm and reasonable Isle – may well unearths simply what it seems like to be a birdwatcher. With him, the reader will adventure the buzz of unpolluted discoveries, the peace and contentment that birds can deliver and the comedy to be stumbled on either within the behaviour of birds and the human reaction to them. could is an alert observer of avian behavior and manners, describing them vividly and poetically, yet underlying every thing he writes is clinical wisdom and a wealth of expertise. utilizing all of those talents and drawing on his renowned weekly ‘Feather Reports’ column from the days, might creates a desirable chronicle of a 12 months within the lifetime of our birds, from robins to rarities, with Peter Brown’s illustrations including the right of completion.
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Life on the Wing: A Bird Chronicle From the Pages of the Times by Derwent May