Author Bryan Bland has led thousands of birding tours to more than 70 countries.
On one such trip to India a bemused waiter once posed the question: "Where is the profit in birding?" Bryan is famed as one of birding's greatest story-tellers, and he uses his book to answer this question emphatically.
In short, there's more to birding than just birds, although these clearly provide a great deal of interest and pleasure.
In addition history, dramatic scenery, location filming, plus much else from world politics to the crucial life-enhancing role of music are all featured in this light-hearted examination of the profit of birding.
Tales include scrapes with terrorists, running 50 miles across the landslide-strewn Himalayas in order to keep an appointment with a tour group, and Britain's first-ever breeding pair of Parrot Crossbills using Bryan's beard to build their nest!
Birders and non-birders alike will enjoy the humorous anecdotal narrative, while the lively text is accompanied by many of the author's photographs and exquisite line-drawings.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 240 pages, 80 black-&-white artworks, 100 colour photographs
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 01/08/2012
- Category: Wildlife: birds & birdwatching
- ISBN: 9781780091242