Birders: Tales of a Tribe

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Grove Press, 2003 - Nature - 240 pages
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For thirty years, journalist Mark Cocker has been a member of a community of fanatics who sacrifice most of their spare time, a good deal of money, sometimes their chances of a partner or family, even their lives, to watch birds. In Birders, Cocker not only introduces lay-readers to the venerable art of birding but shares some of the incredible tales previously circulated only among "the loop," involving unforgettable -- and sometimes deadly -- encounters with everything from pipits, puffins, and plovers to border-patrol officers and horseback bandits. And then there is his personal journey, which began when he discovered a nest of pigeon eggs in his family attic and soon led to the fetishism of his binoculars (or rather, "bins").
 

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Cocker (Rivers of Blood, Rivers of Gold) presents a witty, entertaining look at the subculture, lifestyles, adventures, and misadventures of the consuming hobby of birding, as distinguished from the ... Read full review

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Obviously would be a lot more interesting if I was actually a bird watcher but it was an enjoyable read with a sprinkle of amusing bits. Read full review

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Contents

Satyr Tragopan
1
The Archaeopteryx
5
The Twolegged Kind
8
The Feathered Kind
15
Bins and Scope
26
The Cave Wall
34
Roger Tory Petersons Oystercatcher
45
Where Are You Going Mate?
57
545 and 514
117
Songs of Praise
132
The Yanomami Hunters
145
String
155
The Place that Launched a Thousand Trips
173
US Cops and Mexican Bandits
184
Satyr Tragopan II the End
196
Back on Full Bonus
214

A Godwits Inscrutable Eye
74
The Loop I
92
The Loop II
103
Useful Information Addresses and Organisations
220
Index
226
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