Gods of the Morning: A Bird's-Eye View of a Changing World by John Lister-Kaye
Published by Pegasus Books on August 15th 2015
Genres: Nature, Animals, Birds, General
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From childhood tales of his pet rook Squawky to the attempts of pine martens to penetrate his hen coop, and from the delights of stumbling across a willow warbler’s nest to the danger of getting lost on the mountains in a freak snow blizzard, John Lister-Kaye once again demonstrates his superb skills of identifying and then describing the natural world.
I don’t know how he does it, but I always feel as if I am right there alongside him, watching awestruck as millions of spiders “balloon” on gossamer threads, or sitting just five feet away from a nesting raven.
Interspersed with his stories are his considerable concerns about the changing climate, habitat destruction, and loss of biodiversity. Yet it ends with optimism, as he introduces his little grandson to birdwatching, and discovering a treecreeper’s nest.
If you are as yet unacquainted with Mr. Lister-Kaye’s books, then Gods of the Morning is an excellent starting point.