Winging it: Birding for Low-flyers

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Foreword by Chris Packham. Do you have a passion for wildlife, and do you enjoy watching birds? Are you also hopeless at identifying some of the more difficult ones? Do you feel lost without a field guide, and can you count on both hands the number of birds that you can identify by their calls alone?   
If the answer to these questions is 'yes' you are not alone. In 'Winging it: Birding for Low-flyers', Andrew Fallan recounts the highs and the lows, the trials and tribulations, of being an avid birder in a world seemingly populated by experts and high-flyers. All those with an interest in birds and other wildlife will identify with and enjoy these engaging tales. Hence, they are invited to join an often humorous and irreverent journey around the UK: from the heavily industrialised Thames estuary to Minsmere and the north Norfolk coast, from the Scilly Isles to the majestic scenery of Wales, all the way in fact to the rocky grandeur of the highlands and islands of Scotland. Against the backdrop of our green and pleasant land, the author examines - through his own experiences - the often spectacular beauty of our wildlife, and encourages us to seek solace in the simple enjoyment of birds.

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About the Author :

Andrew Fallan grew up in south-east Essex in the 1970s and early 80s. As a young boy, a memorable close encounter with a Kestrel sparked a passion for birds and the natural world, which would be sustained by regular birding adventures with his older brother. Although his interest in birds waned with the onset of his teenage years, a life-changing trip to the rugged and beautiful Isle of Skye, in Scotland, fostered a keen interest in hillwalking and climbing, which was pursued with the same enthusiasm that was once reserved for chasing after birds. In his early 30s, Andrew and his brother returned once more to Minsmere, the RSPB's flagship reserve on the Suffolk coast, for a day's birding - just for old times' sake. This would eventually lead to a resurgence of the birding bug that was first roused by an unsuspecting Kestrel all those years before. Along the way, Andrew also met that special lady, with whom he continued to pursue his rekindled passion for birding and wildlife, and with whom he currently lives in Southend-on-Sea, in Essex. They also live with a very special cat named Colin, who unfortunately does not share their interest in birding.

Review :

The book celebrates a pure and unpretentious approach to birding that many birders could gain something from. The reason many of us go birding comes from a powerful and deep-seated connection that is impossible to explain to friends and family who question the attraction of traipsing around lonely marshes and woodlands, with binoculars swinging from the neck. At least, it’s something that’s hard to explain in a single conversation, but Andrew Fallan, in this short book, has more or less put his finger on the simple magic of watching birds ... The book takes a refreshingly down-to-earth and holistic view of enjoying birds. It serves very well as a reminder of the great pleasure that is to be had by, for instance, forgetting about getting your head around the mirrors and tongue on P10 and instead looking in raw wonder at the refined form that is a gull against a marvellous coastal backdrop. Communicating the fulfilment in taking this basic approach is something that Fallan does excellently ...  – Birdwatch magazine

There is no birder out there who never gets it wrong, although there are a great many who would have you believe otherwise so it is refreshing to tag along with an average birder who can demonstrate that the richness and beauty of birding is all about the experience not the theory. Nice one Andrew.  – Fat Birder

Books that simply detail the obsession of a birder – and birders are generally obsessive by nature – can be tedious.  One 'tick' after another doesn't make for very entertaining or enlightening reading, but this little book is different.  The author writes with ease and imagination and his prose is a joy to read. This tale is accompanied by a parallel story of romance as he manages to find a like-minded soul mate.  A very enjoyable read.  – Jenny Steel, www.wildlife-gardening.co.uk

The latest in a fairly long line of birding and twitching books, this tells the story of Andrew's journey into birdwatching as a boy. Early trips with his brother to the marshes in Essex and Kent will ring bells with many of us who followed similar paths of birding. There are many accounts of day-trips with the triumph and downfalls that beset all young birders. For a time, Andrew gives up the hobby, but he later rekindles the interest and, with his girlfriend (now wife), he travels more widely. Andrew never makes it into what I am sure he would see as the upper echelons of birding and clearly feels a bit of an outsider and, in that respect, I think his story will feel familiar to many people. This is a short read, but an enjoyable one, and better than I expected. – Birding World

Andrew Fallan’s concept of birding for ‘low-flyers’ certainly strikes a chord; after all, we can’t all be the next birding equivalent of George Michael or Richard Dawkins ... The author has an acute sense of self-awareness and integrity ...  – British Trust for Ornithology

Andrew Fallan has written the latest in a recent growing genre of birders’ autobiographies. Fallan describes how he got the bug, what this has led to through his life and many of the ups and downs of this pastime. This endearing tale recounts the continuous, occasionally desperate search for those rarities that appear in the UK occasionally, the failures and the successes, trials and tribulations of chasing birds, and reported sightings around the UK. Fallan lives in Essex, not known as a destination for great birding, and seems to spend much of the book longing for Norfolk, where he and his partner have many successes, but find themselves being brushed aside by some of the 'me first' crowd. Packham says "I do definitely concur with his thoughts on a proportion of the twitching fraternity. They actually put me off birding for a while in the same fashion that football thuggery put me off going to see the beautiful game." (Southampton fan - Eds. note).  – www.wildlifeextra.com

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Description du livre Brambleby Books, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. État : New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Foreword by Chris Packham. Do you have a passion for wildlife, and do you enjoy watching birds? Are you also hopeless at identifying some of the more difficult ones? Do you feel lost without a field guide, and can you count on both hands the number of birds that you can identify by their calls alone? If the answer to these questions is yes you are not alone. In Winging it - Birding for low-flyers, Andrew Fallan recounts the highs and the lows, the trials and tribulations, of being an avid birder in a world seemingly populated by experts and high-flyers. All those with an interest in birds and other wildlife will identify with and enjoy these engaging tales. Hence, they are invited to join an often humorous and irreverent journey around the UK: from the heavily industrialised Thames estuary to Minsmere and the north Norfolk coast, from the Scilly Isles to the majestic scenery of Wales, all the way in fact to the rocky grandeur of the highlands and islands of Scotland. Against the backdrop of our green and pleasant land, the author examines - through his own experiences - the often spectacular beauty of our wildlife, and encourages us to seek solace in the simple enjoyment of birds. N° de réf. du libraire AAZ9780955392856

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