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How to be a Bad Birdwatcher: To the Greater Glory of Life (original 2004; edição 2006)

por Simon Barnes

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In this approach to ornithology, self-confessed bad birdwatcher Simon Barnes gives readers the confidence and motivation to get pleasure from one of the simplest, cheapest hobbies there are - watching birds, without letting birdwatching get in the way.
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Título:How to be a Bad Birdwatcher: To the Greater Glory of Life
Autores:Simon Barnes
Informação:Short Books Ltd (2006), Paperback, 208 pages
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This is truly a wonderful book. I've always been interested in watching birds, although that interest waxes and wanes as I go off on other tangents. This book gives me permission to do just that! It basically says that I don't have to be a "twitcher", a term used in England for an avid birdwatcher or one who obsessively check off birds on a "life list". Simon Barnes writes, "In fact, the notion of common birds and rare birds begins to look like nothing more than a kind of snobbery."

Simon Barnes talks about a bird's place in nature and how to appreciate all kinds of birds by simply noting their presence, listening to their sounds and using all opportunities to learn more about them. He writes, "In fact, the notion of common birds and rare birds begins to look like nothing more than a kind of snobbery." I love this attitude of laying down the life list and simply being mindful in the presence of birds. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Sep 23, 2018 |
I need my own copy! It's really good! ( )
  lydiasbooks | Jan 17, 2018 |
Thoroughly enjoyable view on birding. I'm a "bad birdwatcher" too and was engrossed by Barnes' tales of birdwatching in Asia, Africa, and his home England. An excellent reminder of why many of us enjoy watching and sharing birds.

Bookcrossing: http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/5395208/ ( )
  wareagle78 | Jan 25, 2014 |
I like watching birds and keep track of those I have seen by ticking off a list. I am not fanatical about it though, I watch them where I happen to be but don’t go on watching trips very often, or travel across the country to see a rare bird. Bird watching is a cheap hobby (unless you are fanatical and willing to cross the country at the drop of a hat) and very rewarding, because even if today you only see a bird you have seen a hundred times before – it is a thrill – they are stunning little critters.

Simon Barnes is slightly more enthusiastic than me but as he is not a fanatical twitcher (a person who would cross the country to see a rare bird) he calls himself a bad birdwatcher. He says that the art of watching birds starts by simply looking and then goes on to say that every one is a covert birdwatcher because he defies that anyone not be able to name at least five different birds without even batting an eyelid. Bad Birdwatchers go one step further they start to remember the names of even more birds and look up pictures of birds they come across and don’t recognise in order to learn what their names are. They put bird feeders up in the back garden, then venture out to nearby parks. Bad birdwatchers never pretend to be experts on the birds they see as they know it is a constant learning experience. Barnes writes that no matter where you live, whether it is city, country or ocean there are birds going about their daily business and we humans can watch them, and enjoy them.
  sally906 | Apr 3, 2013 |
Really enjoyable book. It has regenerated my interest in birds. It sums up the seeing a great-spotted woodpecker moment brilliantly. ( )
  jon1lambert | Feb 4, 2013 |
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To my father - - the first bad birdwatcher I ever met. He taught me all he knew.
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Life is no more cruel than it is benign. Igor Stravinsky once said, "Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all. . . Music expresses itself." In the same way, life is not there to teach us moral tales or to uplift us with its beauty or to appall us with its cruelties. Life is.
Life doesn't work by trying to make one perfect species.  It works by making lots and lots of different species, each one talented at making a living in its own particular way.  (P. 56)
In fact, the notion of common birds and rare birds begins to look like nothing more than a kind of snobbery.
Soon I was aware that Tim was able to recognize birds I could hardly see at all, a fractional glimpse, a dart, or a distant dot, and he would tell me the name of a species. (p. 119)
...birds do not, in the main, line up in the profile looking hard left, as they do in field guides. (p. 141)
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