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The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession - Mark Obmascik
The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession
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For those who thought bird-watching was a sedate Sunday hobby, here comes the rollicking tale of three bird-watchers so obsessed that it nearly kills them. The Big Year was 1998, the battle for the North American birding record. Sandy Komito, Al Levantin, and Greg Miller chase their quarry from... show more
For those who thought bird-watching was a sedate Sunday hobby, here comes the rollicking tale of three bird-watchers so obsessed that it nearly kills them. The Big Year was 1998, the battle for the North American birding record. Sandy Komito, Al Levantin, and Greg Miller chase their quarry from coast to coast as they attempt to spot every bird on the continent. From New Mexico to Nome, New Jersey to Texas, they search out such illusive critters as the Xantus' hummingbird and the offshore Great Skua - facing sizzling deserts, roiling oceans, bug-infested swamps, a mountain lion charge, and some of the lumpiest hotel mattresses known to man. With side-trips into the lore of birds and historical birders like James Audubon, this witty excursion delights and astounds.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780743245463 (0743245466)
Publisher: Free Press
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
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Mark Obmascik's style here is playful and almost conversational. He really plays up the competition among the three contenders. I discovered, however, that I'd much rather read about birds than about bird chasers. I'm generally content to observe the more common species of birds sharing the habitat...
Osho
Osho rated it
In birding, a Big Year typically refers to a birder's attempt to see as many species as possible within a year in a constrained geographic area. In the case of the present book, that's North America, and three birders vie to beat the record and each other. The narrative follows all three men as they...
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