Big Twitch

Author: Sean Dooley

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1741159164

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Sean Dooley seems like a well adjusted, functioning member of society but beneath the respectable veneer he harbours a dark secret. He is a hard-core birdwatcher (aka twitcher'). Sean takes a year off to try to break the Australian twitching record - he has to see more than 700 birds in twelve months. Travelling the length and breadth of Australia, he stops at nothing in search of this birdwatching Holy Grail, blowing his inheritance, his career prospects and any chance he has of finding a girlfriend. Part confessional, part travelogue, this is a true story about obsession. It's about seeking the meaning of life, trying to work out what normal' is, and searching for the elusive Grey Falcon (the bird, not the car). Sean's story of how he followed his childhood dream of becoming a national champion is both inspiring and ridiculous. Could this be the most pathetic great achievement in Australian history?

The Biggest Twitch

Author: Alan Davies,Ruth Miller

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408134322

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 5475


Most people dream of packing in their humdrum city life, selling up and heading off into the unknown for a life of adventure. For Ruth Miller and Alan Davies this dream became a reality, albeit with a twist; they decided to pack in their jobs, sell their house and take on the ultimate birder's challenge - to smash the world record for the number of species seen in one calendar year. This book is the story of their great expedition, searching for birds from Ecuador to Ethiopia via Argentina, Australia and Arizona. We follow this birding odyssey as they rachet up the species and the stamps in their passports, sharing in amazing birding experiences such as monkey-hunting Harpy Eagles in the Brazilian rain forest, seedsnipes in the Peruvian highlands and lekking bustards in South Africa, all leading to the ultimate question - will they break the magic 4,000? Written in an accessible style, this book will be of great interest to birders, readers of travel literature, and to people who simply enjoy a good adventure!

The Historical Mind

Author: Justin D. Garrison,Ryan R. Holston

Publisher: Suny Press

ISBN: 1438478437

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 426


Timely and provocative asessment of various cultural, moral, and political problems in "post-constitutional" America.

Anoraks to Zitting Cisticola

Author: Sean Dooley

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1741762863

Category: Nature

Page: 276

View: 2156


Everything you wanted to know about bird watching but didn't know who to ask (in a convenient A-Z format).

The Bulletin

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sydney (N.S.W.)

Page: N.A

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Wing Span

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bird watching

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The Southern Quarterly

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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