Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Both sides of the pond

If you belong to the hardcore minority of bird-watchers *not* driven crazy by waders (shorebirds), this may make your day. Waders sitting, waders eating, waders flying, juvenile waders, breeding waders and generally annoying and polyandrous waders, all in one volume brought to us by the indefatigable Mr Helm and his two splendid associates Stephen Message and Don Taylor. Strong point: the volume covers both sides of the Pond, since every damn North American godwit, plover or surfbird has an annoying tendency to show up in Old Europe on a semi-regular basis, confusing the local pro-wader aficionados. These feathery minions treat the North Atlantic as if it was some kind of inland lake! Three stars, and now, run for cover…

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