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Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die: Birding Experts Share the World's Geatest Destinations
It’s estimated that 50 to 60 million Americans count birding among their hobbies. Some hang feeders in their backyards and accumulate yard lists; others participate in annual “Christmas Counts”; a select few travel to the ends of the earth in an effort to see every bird in the world. With Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die, Chris Santella takes the best-selling “Fif ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Stewart, Tabori and Chang
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Birds, birds, birds! Each chapter in this book is dedicated to a location ideal for bird watching recommended by an expert. There are lovely photographs. Each chapter tell you why this place is special, how to get there, best time to visit, recommends guides and accommodations. There is a brief biography of the expert. I have read through this book multiple times over the years. I dream of traveling to the Masoala Peninsula in Madagascar and seeing the Madagascar Serpent Eagle and the Helmet Van ...more
As a life-long birder, if I had a bucket list, this book would be the perfect base upon which to build it. Of the 50 listed world sites, I have only visited 20, leaving a plethora of joy in birding to experience. There is certainly a North American bias, even U.S. bias, to the birding hot-spots listed, but that was probably because most of the authors are North American birders, and they write about what they know best. But, I have to admit, having birded very little outside of North America, an ...more
Respected and well-known birders/naturalists provided us with their perspective on many of the "then" best places to bird. Now it's time for the author to do a "More of . . ." sequel. After eight years since its publication, the pastime of birding has grown exponentially and there are many more excellent and accessible birding sites to explore. I look forward to reading more about them from the experts!