The Biggest Twitch: Around the World in 4,000 birds

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A&C Black, Aug 20, 2010 - Nature - 320 pages
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Most people dream of packing in their humdrum city life, selling up and heading off into the unknown for a life of adventure. For Ruth Miller and Alan Davies this dream became a reality, albeit with a twist; they decided to pack in their jobs, sell their house and take on the ultimate birder's challenge - to smash the world record for the number
of species seen in one calendar year.

This book is the story of their great expedition, searching for birds from Ecuador to Ethiopia via Argentina, Australia and Arizona. We follow this birding odyssey as they rachet up the species and the stamps in their passports, sharing in amazing birding experiences such as monkey-hunting Harpy Eagles in the Brazilian rain forest, seedsnipes in the Peruvian highlands and lekking bustards in South Africa, all leading to the ultimate question - will they break the magic 4,000?

Written in an accessible style, this book will be of great interest to birders, readers of travel literature, and to people who simply enjoy a good adventure!
 

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Contents

Foreword by Kenn Kaufman
January1 February North Wales
February16 March Ghana
March12 April Spain
April1 May California
May12 June Finland Estonia and Norway
July10 August Peru
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October6 November Australia
November17 December India
Life after The Biggest Twitch
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About the author (2010)

Ruth Miller and Alan Davies are self-confessed birding obsessives from North Wales. Alan is currently warden of the RSPB reserve at Conwy. His wife Ruth is a marketing consultant, and former Head of Trading for the RSPB. They dedicated one year of their lives to beating the birder's world record and smashing the seemingly impossible target of 4,000 species in a single calender year.

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