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The Beauty of Birds

The Beauty of Birds: From "Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination and Experience"

Copyright Date: 2009
Edition: DGO - Digital original
Pages: 43
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    The Beauty of Birds
    Book Description:

    Spring returns and with it the birds. But it also brings throngs of birders who emerge, binoculars in hand, to catch a glimpse of a rare or previously unseen species or to simply lay eyes on a particularly fine specimen of a familiar type. In a delightful meditation that unexpectedly ranges from the Volga Delta to Central Park and from Charles Dickens's Hard Times to a 1940s London burlesque show, Jeremy Mynott ponders what makes birds so beautiful and alluring to so many people.

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    eISBN: 978-1-4008-4315-2
    Subjects: Zoology, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iii)
    (pp. 1-39)

    The Volga Delta is a vast wetland in southern Russia where the mighty Volga river spreads out to become a water-wonderland of rivers, streams, brooks, marshes, and oozing filaments as it drains into the Caspian Sea. We think we have large reedbeds in East Anglia in Britain, at places like Hickling, Walberswick, Minsmere, Cley, and Titchwell, but this is a marsh so immense you could fit the whole of East Anglia into one corner of it. It is a wildlife paradise for all kinds of reedbed warblers, herons, bitterns, egrets, ibises, pelicans, cranes, terns, waders, wildfowl, and several birds of...

  3. Back Matter
    (pp. 40-40)