Twenty four essays range from accounts of birding in the icy regions of the North and descriptions of rare raptors in California to musings on diverse bird populations in New Jersey, the Everglades, and California s Santa Catalina Island....
|Title||:||Parts Unknown: A Naturalist's Journey in Search of Birds and Wild Places|
|Publisher||:||The Lyons Press 1st edition September 1, 2001|
|Number of Pages||:||244 pages|
|File Size||:||567 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Parts Unknown: A Naturalist's Journey in Search of Birds and Wild Places Reviews
This book is a collection of essays written by Tim Gallagher, currently editor-in-chief of _Living Bird_ magazine, published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, as well as an avid nature photographer (several of his nice color photographs grace the book), birder, and wildlife aficionado. The articles were written from between the late 1970s into the year 2000, and apparently most if not all have been published before elsewhere (not saying I have read any of them mind you, but it is possible others who would be interested in this book have).
Although non-raptor species are mentioned in this book, as an unabashed admirer of birds of prey, I was attracted to Tim Gallagher's new book. I first saw the book in a local book store, and the photo of the white gyrfalcon on the cover caught my attention even before I saw the title or contents.
Who knew that birdwatching could be so exciting? Tim Gallagher goes on lengthy voyages through stormy, iceberg-infested waters in northern Greenland. He crawls around on thousand-foot cliffs in Iceland while huge gyrfalcons dive at his head. In his essays, he captures all the flavor and feel of each place's history (both natural and human) and culture. And the writing is so vivid, I felt like I was right there with him. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about the outdoors and nature and also to share vicariously in an adventure.
You know, I thought I'd been on some wild adventures in search of raptor nests. I've rappeled down spectacular cliffs to see young prairie falcons and golden eagles. I've scrambled up treacherous trees to get to goshawk nests. But everything I've done seems tame compared with Tim Gallagher's feats of daring in PARTS UNKNOWN. I recommend it highly to anyone who loves birds of prey and adventure.