Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Chronicles a quest to photograph the most elusive of birds -- the rail. Codice inventario libreria
Riassunto: "All the rails, it seems, are out to vex me personally." So writes William Burt in this remarkably absorbing and resonant account of his years spent in pursuit of photographs of rails - tiny, elusive marsh birds that are nearly impossible to find, let alone photograph. Shadowbirds chronicles his quest: the cameras that would not fire, the suspicious onlookers encountering Burt and his apparatus on deserted roadsides, the countless near-misses that make this chronicle of a self-imposed challenge, and his ultimate success, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always provocative and delightful. Yet Shadowbirds is more than the story of a single-minded search for birds. Indeed, it is the tale of the age-old human quest for things elusive, mysterious, unattainable - a story as old as the Holy Grail and as current as our own dreams. All readers will find something of themselves in William Burt, whether they seek birds or other things. No one can fail to be captivated by this sensitive and telling book.
From Kirkus Reviews: Lovely anecdotal moments in pursuit of the furtive rail, from a wildlife photographer so deeply under the bird's spell that sometimes you wonder if he was dealt a full deck. Burt's mission was to photograph two fairly drab, songless birds: the black rail, citizen of the salt marsh, small of stature, notoriously stealthy; and its yellow cousin, no less elusive, but happier in fresh water. Both birds are airborne misfits, preferring to walk, thus they are stalked late at night by their calls (the black sounds froggy, the yellow like a typewriter). In the dark, with the black rail making off through the grass and the yellow melting away through the straw, the job is long, hard, and more often than not without reward. Burt takes in stride mosquito swarms, quicksand, and encounters with drunken teenage yahoos, managing to bring an air of indolence to the task; he digests it all at a wonderfully sedate pace. He recounts his tales in an appealing, graceful, old-fart style, occasionally waxing acerbic-- he takes to task two nonagenarians out adding to their life lists for being uninspired--but only enough to keep the narrative from getting flabby. And Burt knows how to laugh at himself, as in his description of a quest in the backwaters of North Dakota for the lost hunting grounds of Reverend P.B. Peabody, turn-of-the-century bermensch of yellow rail birders. In the end, the author got his photographs of the nocturnal skulkers, although at the rate of about one a year. It's impressive enough that Burt has fashioned mysterious and engaging creatures out of a couple of eccentric birds. Add to that an absorbing storyline and a talent for depicting the places he roams, and this modest book takes on rather grand proportions. (8 pages of color photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descrizione libro Lyons Press, 1994. Condizione libro: Good. 1st. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP3912037
Descrizione libro Lyons Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Codice libro della libreria 2589750402
Descrizione libro Lyons Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Light shelf wear and minimal interior marks. Codice libro della libreria G1558212930I3N00
Descrizione libro Lyons Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 1558212930 Ex-library book with usual markings. Good Condition. Five star seller - Ships Quickly - Buy with confidence!. Codice libro della libreria Z1558212930Z3
Descrizione libro The Lyons Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG1558212930
Descrizione libro LYONS & BURFORD PUBLISHERS. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. HARDCOVER Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Science and Mathematics>Ornithology>General Ornithology and Birding. Book: USED, Good. Dust Jacket: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 01978155821293001. Codice libro della libreria 01978155821293001
Descrizione libro Lyons and Burford, NY, 1994. Condizione libro: Near Fine/VG+. 1st. 8bo. 172pp. A little curl to DJ at top, but nice overall. Codice libro della libreria MAIN002327I
Descrizione libro Lyons Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 1558212930 Very good in very good dust jacket. Later printing. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Codice libro della libreria BING764ACR0032
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Very Good. Book Condition: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 97815582129303.0
Descrizione libro Lyons& Burford Publishers, U.S.A., 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good -. Binding tight, interior clean. Has not been price clipped. Boards in good condition except for some fading on top and bottom edges. Fading on dust jacket spine, preserved in mylar. Black and white photos with some color. Story of the author's search for the elusive rail birds.172 pages inc. index. Codice libro della libreria 18699