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Big Twitch: One Man, One Continent, a Race Against Time—A True Story about Birdwatching Paperback – Aug 1 2006

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; 1 edition (Aug. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741145287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741145281
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Dooley makes his living in Australia writing television comedy scripts, but his real passion is bird-watching—in fact, he'll frequently "twitch," dropping whatever he's doing to travel hundreds of miles for a brief glimpse of a recently sighted rare species. In 2002, he set out to break the record for the most birds spotted throughout the Australian territories in a single year. The effort to track down more than 700 species takes him from a sooty owl sitting on a tree branch in the early hours of New Year's Day to a blue-faced parrot finch climbing a blade of grass on Christmas Eve. Stories about frustrated efforts to spot various birds show a winning humor, but without any pictures of birds or their habitats, all the locations start to blur together. The amiable, conversational tone keeps the story from getting dull, and the Aussie cultural references are easily deciphered, but Dooley's accomplishment in the end feels anticlimactic. (Aug. )
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Birding is known as twitching in Britain and the Commonwealth. Serious twitchers chase rare birds to rack up serious life lists, and really serious twitchers try to see more species in one year than any of their peers. Dooley, a comedy writer, tried to break the Australian record of 700 bird species seen in 365 days, and he records the events in this marvelously funny memoir. He loves birds and twitching, but also sees his hobby with the clear, sarcastic eye of a man who is aware that most others find serious birders seriously weird. As the author takes a year off work, blows through his inheritance, and travels thousands of miles crisscrossing the Australian continent, his hilarious commentary on his own sanity will keep even the nonbirding reader in stitches. Prepare to laugh out loud. Nancy Bent
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