Too Many Bird Books: The Story of an Intermittent Watcher Geoffrey Dabb

Too Many Bird Books: The Story of an Intermittent Watcher

Author: Geoffrey Dabb
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Book Title
Too Many Bird Books: The Story of an Intermittent Watcher
Author
Geoffrey Dabb
ISBN
9781922920614
This is a chronicle of encounters with a lot of bird books, in fact a lifetime of such encounters.The world of bird books is vast and varied, defying coherent description. The author's qualificationfor making this attempt to describe it is that he owns several hundred of them, gathered over morethan 70 years. To help make sense of this obsession, the describing of the books is linked to a life inwhich traditional birdwatching (and book hunting) went on, in different places, and in betweenother things. Some non-bird experiences are recounted, to show this is the story of a real person.If further qualification for authorship is needed it is surely the distinction of having been bitten, quiteseriously, while birdwatching, by a fox. Who else, among today's legion of bird-book creators, canclaim that badge? Apart from that event, and no less damaging an experience, the author has triedto chair a committee that recommends names for Australian birds.More than 100 images are assembled to tell their own story: birds, people, places, book inscriptions, scenes. There are chapters about New Guinea, cassowaries, the fabled Ibis of ancient Egypt, birdsand national boundaries, field guides, the bird art of Ellis Rowan (the Australian flower painter), quests and challenges, the uses of bird photography, and some things that are no longer as certainas they once were.Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Geoffrey DabbPublisher: Inspiring PublishersPublished: 06/07/2023ISBN: 9781922920614Pages: 162Weight: 1.01lbsSize: 10.00h x 8.00w x 0.42d

This is a chronicle of encounters with a lot of bird books, in fact a lifetime of such encounters.

The world of bird books is vast and varied, defying coherent description. The author's qualification

for making this attempt to describe it is that he owns several hundred of them, gathered over more

than 70 years. To help make sense of this obsession, the describing of the books is linked to a life in

which traditional birdwatching (and book hunting) went on, in different places, and in between

other things.

Some non-bird experiences are recounted, to show this is the story of a real person.

If further qualification for authorship is needed it is surely the distinction of having been bitten, quite

seriously, while birdwatching, by a fox. Who else, among today's legion of bird-book creators, can

claim that badge? Apart from that event, and no less damaging an experience, the author has tried

to chair a committee that recommends names for Australian birds.

More than 100 images are assembled to tell their own story: birds, people, places, book inscriptions,

scenes.

There are chapters about New Guinea, cassowaries, the fabled Ibis of ancient Egypt, birds

and national boundaries, field guides, the bird art of Ellis Rowan (the Australian flower painter),

quests and challenges, the uses of bird photography, and some things that are no longer as certain

as they once were.



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Geoffrey Dabb
Publisher: Inspiring Publishers
Published: 06/07/2023
ISBN: 9781922920614
Pages: 162
Weight: 1.01lbs
Size: 10.00h x 8.00w x 0.42d

This is a chronicle of encounters with a lot of bird books, in fact a lifetime of such encounters.

The world of bird books is vast and varied, defying coherent description. The author's qualification

for making this attempt to describe it is that he owns several hundred of them, gathered over more

than 70 years. To help make sense of this obsession, the describing of the books is linked to a life in

which traditional birdwatching (and book hunting) went on, in different places, and in between

other things.

Some non-bird experiences are recounted, to show this is the story of a real person.

If further qualification for authorship is needed it is surely the distinction of having been bitten, quite

seriously, while birdwatching, by a fox. Who else, among today's legion of bird-book creators, can

claim that badge? Apart from that event, and no less damaging an experience, the author has tried

to chair a committee that recommends names for Australian birds.

More than 100 images are assembled to tell their own story: birds, people, places, book inscriptions,

scenes.

There are chapters about New Guinea, cassowaries, the fabled Ibis of ancient Egypt, birds

and national boundaries, field guides, the bird art of Ellis Rowan (the Australian flower painter),

quests and challenges, the uses of bird photography, and some things that are no longer as certain

as they once were.



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Geoffrey Dabb
Publisher: Inspiring Publishers
Published: 06/07/2023
ISBN: 9781922920614
Pages: 162
Weight: 1.01lbs
Size: 10.00h x 8.00w x 0.42d