Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, A Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World

Kenn Kaufman, Noah Strycker

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd

Published: 14th Oct '21


An account of Noah Strycker’s record-breaking year when he spotted 6,042 of the world’s 10,000 species of birds. Traveling to 41 countries, on all seven continents, with a backpack, binoculars and a series of one-way tickets, it was the greatest adventure in birding.

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One of the Guardian’s Best Paperbacks of November ‘Astonishing … If by chance you can’t meet these 6,042 species yourself, this book is a close second’ Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds ‘Even readers who wouldn’t know a marvellous spatuletail from a southern ground hornbill will be awed’ Publishers Weekly Noah Strycker set himself a goal: to become the first person to see half the world’s 10,000 species of bird in one year. With an itinerary covering 41 countries, spanning all seven continents, and armed with a backpack, binoculars and a series of one-way tickets, he sets out on the greatest adventure in the birding world. Along the way he meets a colourful cast of fellow birders – and discovers a world of blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation and conservation triumphs. Vivid, charming and full of wonder, Birding Without Borders is a celebration of passion, exploration and the birders’ ethos that, if you keep your eyes and mind open, you never know what you might see.

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Weight 0.36 kg
Dimensions 28 × 126 × 196 mm
Page Count 336