Birders: Tales of a Tribe

Front Cover
Grove Press, 2003 - Nature - 230 pages
1 Review
Cold, wet, cramped, exhausted, and having the time of his life, nature writer Mark Cocker finds deep satisfaction in bird watching. His book Birders: Tales of a Tribe combines elements of memoir, manifesto, and anthropological study in its examination of how and why these hobbyists go about their sometimes obsessive work. Cocker's writing is lively and compelling--even readers who'd rather stay warm and comfortable quickly find themselves longing for a quick glimpse of the Himalayan Satyr Tragopan. Following the adventures of the author, his acquaintances, and famous and infamous birders across the world, the book uncovers essential truths about human strengths and follies while sharing the rare pleasures of the close observer of nature. Watching birds is often seen as an eccentric hobby, but the value added to environmental monitoring and other scientific endeavors by these legions of amateur spotters is tremendous.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Birders: tales of a tribe

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

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

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - J.v.d.A. - LibraryThing

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

Selected pages

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
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information