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The Big Twitch: One Man, One Continent, a Race Against Time--A True Story about Birdwatching (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. August 2006


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This work shows one man's quest to realise a boyhood dream and break a national record. It is an outrageously funny combination of travelogue, confessional, and major ornithological achievement! Sean Dooley seems like a well adjusted, functioning member of society...but beneath the respectable veneer he harbours a dark secret: he is a hard-core birdwatcher! Taking a year off to try and break the Australian record - Sean has to see more than 700 birds in 12 months. Travelling the length and breadth of the continent, he stops at nothing in search of this birdwatching Holy Grail, blowing his inheritance, his career, not to mention any chance he has of finding a girlfriend. Part confessional, part travelogue, this is a true story about obsession, seeking the meaning of life, and searching for the elusive Grey Falcon. "The Big Twitch" is inspiring, ridiculous, and outrageously funny.

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Sean Dooley is a comedy writer for television. He has a law degree but preferred to work as a stand-up comedian and has performed a one-man show (about birdwatching, of course).

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Big Twitch 8. September 2006
Von K. Freeman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Australian birder Sean Dooley describes his Big Year, an effort to break the record for the most birds seen in Australia (and environs) in a year.

I loved this birding memoir. Dooley is a lively, humorous, engaging writer, and his Australian slang makes his voice particularly come alive, at least for this American reader. He conveys a passion for his pursuit and a concern for wildlife and the environment without sanctimony.

Clearly, there are scads of awesome birds in Australia, and undoubtedly they have the best common names of any birds anywhere. The species list at the back of the book is an entertainment in itself.

I am at a loss, however, to explain Mr. Dooley's difficulty in finding women who bird. Maybe it's a cultural thing?

Definitely recommended, especially for American readers to whom the language and most of the species will be engagingly exotic.
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Awesome read! 21. Mai 2010
Von Lulubelle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This is a great book! I found it engaging, funny and educational. It is well worth the money spent. I have read it several times and each time I find myself laughing or totally caught up in the chase. Would love to bird with him!
don't delay doing what you need to do 2. Mai 2013
Von Nigel Kirk - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This is more than a book. It's a big, living and breathing experience in which the reader can be enveloped for a few hundred pages. I opened the book with some misgivings about sharing the travails of a nerdy birdwatcher as he embarked on the even nerdier and rather nebulous mission of setting the record for the most wild birds observed in Australia in a calendar year. Within pages, I had my Pizzey bird guide within reach and was sharing in Sean's selfish irresponsibility, hoping his money would not run out, cringing at some of his decisions, trusting he wouldn't do anything too stupid, and relishing each new bird he ticked off.

I'm not sure how much currency this book would have outside of Australia - in Australia you can go outside and see the same birds that Sean encounters. Similarly, his anecdotes and humor involve some parochial exposure. Nevertheless, the personal experiences and feelings he shares surpass both national borders and the ranges of endemic bird species, and the take-home message he offers at the end is welcome. I laughed at the Sydney Morning Herald critique, shamelessly emblazoned on the front cover, "if you write well, you can write about anything". True perhaps but in the paraphrased words words of the crime writer, Jo Nesbo, one should not delay doing what one needs to do. You can thus justify almost anything. Finishing the last few pages, I was sitting outside listening to dozens of crows parleying in a nearby paddock, I flicked through in amazement to discover that Sean did not tick off the ubiquitous Australian Raven until his twelfth day. While exhibiting a bloke's indifference to the ups and downs of his romantic life, I empathised totally with his quest for the Grey Falcon. Thanks to Sean, I will take a lot more notice of birds and will shake my head in wonder every time see Dick Smith or his stylised visage in commercial or ethereal settings.
funny and educational 28. Juni 2013
Von Andy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Who would have thought that a book about twitching would be such a good read for a non-twitcher. The book is given dramatic impetus by the author's mission to see as many species as possible in one calendar year. Ok, you'll read about more birds than you ever knew existed (or wanted to know), but the style is engaging,self-deprecating and picks the highlights (and lowlights?) of the big twitch. Ok, it does help if you have some interest in birds or birdwatching, if you know a twitcher, it might help you understand them...
I'm a birder, too! 14. November 2013
Von Carol J Morgan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I am a birder and this book is all about one man who took birding to the extreme in Australia. I can identify with the author and wish I could bird for an entire year, too. Anyone who is a birder would enjoy this book.
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