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An Australian Birding Year A Couple Travelling and Birding the Entire Continent of Australia in a Camper – without Killing Each Other

Biography / Memoir
By: R Bruce Richardson(Author)
351 pages, colour photos, colour maps
An Australian Birding Year
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  • An Australian Birding Year ISBN: 9781912081387 Paperback Oct 2020 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 5 days
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A highly personal account of a phenomenal, once-in-a-lifetime adventure that saw Bruce and his wife, Lynn, embark on a year of travel and birding across the entire continent in a camper van. Their aim was to see Australia, but also to keep a list of the birds that they saw together. That list began with two Gang-gang Cockatoos flying over their son's yard in Torquay, Victoria and ended a year later watching a lovely little Speckled Warbler on a chilly morning back in Victoria with 638 other species seen in between. An Australian Birding Year is more than a list of birds and how, and where, Bruce and Lynn got to see them. It's about the people and the places, and the joy of experiencing the stunningly diverse beauty of Australia.

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  • Virtual road trip for grounded birders
    By Stephen 16 Jan 2021 Written for Paperback
    For birders frustrated by the inability to travel, this memoir offers a timely taste of birding down under. Richardson chronicles a year in which he travels the length and breadth of the continent with his long-suffering wife. Having taken up birding late in life, the semi-retired author retains the enthusiasm of a newcomer: each new bird is celebrated with a 'lifer pie' and often results in a 'lifer high'. An American emigré, he also retains a sense of awe at the Aussie landscapes he passes through. It is precisely because the trip is not just about finding birds and amassing a list that it is memorable. It is no accident that it is endorsed by Ken Kaufmann, whose Kingbird Highway is a classic for similar reasons. To enjoy it to the full (and make it last longer), read it together with a good field guide such as the Australian Bird Guide and look up each bird while Bruce is enjoying his 'lifer high'.
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R. Bruce Richardson, originally from the USA, is a semi-retired singer/songwriter and entertainer living in Lara, Victoria. He became an avid birder rather late in life and continues birding across Australia and writing about his experiences.

Biography / Memoir
By: R Bruce Richardson(Author)
351 pages, colour photos, colour maps
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"An Australian Birding Year catalogues the journey of the author and his wife Lynn as they travel the length and breadth of the Australian continent birdwatching, meeting people and juggling personal and family interests along the way. The style of writing is personable, informative and humorous, and the book has appeal to virtually any reader interested in Australian natural history and in Australian travel. [...] While not a formal gazetteer of birding sites and their species, the majority of the well-known sites throughout Australia and their specialities are described, providing any reader with ideas on locations to visit. The author provides wonderful personal perspectives on the places, people and birds which further enriches the book. The book offers something for everyone interested in Australian birdwatching and provides real insights into the considerations needed for anyone planning a large-scale birdwatching trip to this huge and diverse continent."
– Jonathan T. Coleman, Ibis

"The story is superb, and the descriptions of birds, places and people are all original and engaging, and I love the asides and the wise and imaginative comments that Bruce works in on just about every page. The little asides that he tosses in are all gems and they add to the value and charm of the book. I love the story, I love Bruce's unique perspective on every topic, and I would like to make sure I get that point across."
– Kenn Kaufman, Kaufman Field Guides

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