From fall to spring, J.A. Baker set out to track the daily comings and goings of a pair of peregrine falcons across the flat fen lands of eastern England. He followed the birds obsessively, observing them in the air and on the ground, in pursuit of their prey, making a kill, eating, and at rest, activities he describes with an extraordinary fusion of precision and poetry. And as he continued his mysterious private quest, his sense of human self slowly dissolved, to be replaced with the alien and implacable consciousness of a hawk.
It is this extraordinary metamorphosis, magical and terrifying, that these beautifully written pages record.
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: The PeregrineUser Review - Michael - Goodreads
One has the impression that Baker might have endorsed Sartre's dictum that 'hell is other people'. And on my dark stygian days I might concur - that man is a predatory, destructive species - that, to ... Read full review
Review: The PeregrineUser Review - Henry - Goodreads
This is the book that might well turn you into a birdwatcher. I have started looking up, staring at birds, watching their movements, i can seriously say that this book changed my life, it made me more ... Read full review
Wings for My Flight: The Peregrine Falcons of Chimney Rock
Marcy Cottrell Houle
Limited preview - 1999
THE HUNTING LIFE