Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Birdology by Sy Montgomery

As a seven year old child, a green parakeet named Jerry awed future naturalist, documentary scriptwriter and radio commentator Sy Montgomery from first chirp.

Flash forward to midde age and Birdology - a study of seven avian species explored with a scientist's eye and a novelist's touch. Follow the author from backyard hummingbirds to fierce 150 lb. dinosaur-like flightless cassowaries in tropical forests of Australia and New Guinea.

Interspersed are tales of heroic pigeons from ancient eons to modern eras and their vital forays for military reconnaissance, a dancing parrot of YouTube fame and a look at the fascinating world of falconry called by writer Thomas McGuane "one of man's oldest and most mysterious alliances in the natural world" replete with its own language, traditions and predators possessing the sharpest vision of all living creatures.

I kept Birdology aways from my cat and devoured it quickly.

Hope you will too.

Find it at your library


Edited to fix link Jan 4.

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