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Birds: Through Irish Eyes

By Anthony McGeehan with Julian Wyllie


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Watching birds is a growing pastime for many people but how much do we really know about them? A lifetime spent identifying and photographing birds makes Anthony McGeehan the ideal guide to show us our birds in a different way, creatures that, to survive and delight us, bear an increasingly heavy load. They are beautiful and clever but are increasingly vulnerable because of modern farming practices, pollution, climate change and hunting.

Birds presents the lives and times of the birds that surround us. Each has a story to tell, from Brent Geese, who perform an annual round trip from here to Canada, to Kestrels that engage ultra-violet vision to detect mice, from vanishing souls such as Corncrake and Skylarks. People's lives are intertwined with those of birds and the author encourages us to look and listen, to protect and understand and most of all to recognise the beauty of the birds around us. Lavishly illustrated and engrossingly narrated, this book is the birds' moment and, for some, perhaps, salvation.

Click here for an interview with Anthony McGeehan.

  • Book Format: Hardback
  • Published: 2012
  • Dimensions: 290 x 249 mm
  • Number of pages: 336
  • ISBN: 9781848891623
  • Illustrations note: Full colour,
The best bird book to have appeared here in many years.
Direct, engaging, often passionate and acerbic.
Magnificent production, combining stunning photography with encyclopaedic knowledge.
Anthony McGeehan has a lovely way of using the English language which is imaginative and often quite witty ... immensely readable.
Eloquent, evocative and packed with interesting observations ... the author's love of his subject shines through.
A book about a new way of seeing, regarding, understanding and enjoying birds ... top blokes, top birds, top book!
Special mention needs to be made of an author who can use the word 'eisteddfod' while remaining eminently readable and quotable at length.
Fascinating and enthralling.

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