The Rarest Bird in the World

The Rarest Bird in the World In , A Group Of Cambridge Scientists Arrived At The Plains Of Nechisar In Ethiopia On That Expedition, They Collected Than Two Dozen Specimens, Saw Than Three Hundred Species Of Birds, And A Plethora Of Rare Butterflies, Dragonflies, Reptiles, Mammals, And Plants As They Were Gathering Up Their Findings, A Wing Of An Unidentified Bird Was Packed Into A Brown Paper Bag It Was To Become The Most Famous Wing In The WorldThis Wing Would Set The World Of Science Aflutter Experts Were Mystified The Wing Was Entirely Unique It Was Like Nothing They Had Ever Seem Before Could A New Species Be Named Based On Just One Wing After Much Discussion, A New Species Was Announced Nechisar Nightjar, Or Camprimulgus Solala, Which Means Only Wing And So Birdwatchers Like Vernon Began To DreamTwenty Two Years Later, He Joins An Expedition Of Four To Find This Rarest Bird In The World In This Gem Of Nature Writing, Vernon Captivates And Enchants As He Recounts The Searches By Spotlight Through The Ethiopian Plains, And Allows The Reader To Mediate On Nature, Exploration, Our Need For Wild Places, And The Human Compulsion To Name Things Rarest Bird Is A Celebration Of A Certain Way Of Seeing The World, And Will Bring Out The Explorer In In Everyone Who Reads It

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✹ [BOOKS] ✭ The Rarest Bird in the World  By Vernon R.L. Head ❃ –
  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • The Rarest Bird in the World
  • Vernon R.L. Head
  • 12 June 2017
  • 9781605989631

10 thoughts on “The Rarest Bird in the World

  1. says:

    Not going to rate this one Could have been interesting if every other sentence wasn t a metaphor or simile, if the writing wasn t so flowery Anyway I m done.

  2. says:

    This book was amazingly bad It had a great title, blurb, and story I d love to know about the Nechisar nightjar But seventy pages in, we d found one sentence that made sense The language was so flowery and not at all descriptive that I could barely pick the story out I can barely believe it got published This book has some of the best bad similes I ve ever heard But my favorite paragraph has to be the one where there s a dead horse, except it s a mule, and it s dancing with the long truck that came out of nowhere, and then it s eating the hippie, and then it IS the hippie with dreadlocks and smoke coming out of his head , and then it s a horse again And then in the next paragraph, it s dead again, and the truck has totally vanished Not sure what was going on thereAlso, on that first page, I did NOT need to know how the bugs in his teeth tasted Or that bugs were wriggling in his pants Why didn t he close his mouth, anyway It was also quite interesting when the people were licking the groundand when he said he made up collective nouns as a hobby an incantation of ibises Really Trust me, most of us birdwatchers are nothing like this.

  3. says:

    On its surface, the book didn t seem very promising But I had been so pleasantly surprised by The Boys on the Boat that I decided to give it a try And I m so glad I did I know little about birds and even less about birdwatching, or properly put, bird hunting All that changed with this remarkable work It would have been enough if Head had simply told the story of the hunt for the Nechisar Nightjar But he went well beyond simply telling the story, or rather telling it simply His prose sings, near poetically I wanted both to race through the book and not have it end Not only do I now know much about birds, bird watching, and those who seek to find the rarest of the rare, but my spirit soared, almost like those elusive birds I was provided an ARC for an impartial review.

  4. says:

    I loved the writing style in this book Nonfiction written to read like Literary Fiction is by far my favorite way to ingest science information, but around the half way point most of the place descriptions and birdwatching expeditions began to sound the same My mind kept drifting There were still some lush parts in the story in the last 50% of the book, and I am glad I finished reading it I was good and didn t even skim read , but I will be honest and say that if it had not been a review book I probably would have abandoned it by 60% in The author also made some profound statements about the environment and conservation.I am wondering why the bird on the cover is not the bird in the title I love nightjars and that s why I requested the book.I was approved for an eARC, via Edelweiss, in return for an honest review.

  5. says:

    Vernon Head s account of an expedition to trace the rarest of all birds, the Nechisar Nightjar deep in Ethiopia is compelling for two reasons The first is, obviously, the story of the expedition and the business of tracing a rare species The second, and surprising element, is his often lyrical asides about the meaning of rarity, other adventures on other continents These meditations are beautifully written and quite mesmerising and, if they occasionally stray a little too far from the chief subject matter, the author is easily forgiven.

  6. says:

    I adored this book, I m a birder and I love to travel I especially love travel to Africa Beautifully written.

  7. says:

    There is an ambiguity in the title of this book Ostensibly, it is about an actual journey to see the Nechisar Nightjar, a species then known to science only from a single wing, collected in a remote area of south west Ethiopia in 1990 Although the story of that journey provides it with a loose narrative thread, the book is instead mostly about a philosophical journey a bird watching quest through the life and understanding of the author.It was written by a birder of the kind who has the time, money and inclination to travel to all parts of the world, many of them rather remote, in order to see lifers bird species that he has never seen before In this instance, he went with a few other like minded people all skilled and knowledgeable birders to see a species that no one other than probably some of the locals had ever seen before He relates stories of how he originally came to meet his companions, of how he saw the Oilbird in Venezuela and the Potoo in Brazil , distant evolutionary cousins of the nightjars, and various other species, mostly or less rare He touches on the preparations that they made for their visit to the Nechisar Plain, to become nightjar ready , in order to be able to recognise their target if and when they saw it He explores the attitudes and motivation of birders like him, what a species is particularly what a bird species is , making the point that his life list is counted in that currency, and, in what is arguably the most interesting part of the book, the nature of rareness , why some birds are rare, and some of the related conservation issues.So this book has merits, I enjoyed it and I found parts of it insightful However, it is a book that is badly in need of a good editor As travel writing, it is barely adequate I learnt too little about the writer, his companions, the places they travel to or even the logistics of their journey There is too little characterisation and, mostly, any sense of place is sketchy at best.As an extended essay on aspects of birdwatching, it is much successful, even though the author has an overwhelming habit of expressing himself in purple prose of the most vivid hues, to the extent that some sections are unintentionally humorous Some of this verbosity comes over as flights of fancy, some just as padding and some as pretentious nonsense For example, on p.59, in Ethiopia, dusk grabbed at the sun like a greedy child The huts bore an ephemeral grin of instability as if the architecture did not trust itself On p 98, in Venezuela, forests make clouds intimately and the sky is tactile like breath On p 104, the Potoo sang cryptically, a silent song that was difficult to see The word pristine occurs at least 20 times at intervals throughout the book, both as an adjective and, less conventionally, as a noun The pristine seems to have a significance to the author, which is nowhere explained but appears to refer to his sense of nature untouched by mankind.Of course, such things are something of a matter of taste, and other readers may lap this stuff up Indeed, the author clearly has a way with words, and when he gets them right, he comes up with some brilliant descriptions On p 47, Lake Langano is a beautiful, wide, brown lake, muddy and slithering, crocodile slippery and bobbing with hippos On p 49, a flight of glossy starlings alights in a row, regimental, steely and confident as naval officers And on p.223, spoiler alert having seen their quarry the night before, the team sits in the early morning light, dappled in happiness, the kind that hops around inside the gut, appearing and disappearing in thoughts and murmurs.

  8. says:

    img src Nechisar Nightjar is the only bird that has been named and designated a species based upon a single wing The wing was all that survived when the crushed body was retrieved, and it was determined to not be an known species Even the proper name of it reflects that solala, single wing The species is mysterious, elusive, and until relatively recently never actually seen in the wild This book is about that quest in the wild, the sighting, and birdwatching in general in a very philosophical way.The essence of the book is what drives people to birdwatching, conservation, and the search for the rare It is about the very designation of rare, why it matters, and how it is decided The book is poetic in its descriptions of travel, discovery, the importance of biodiversity and bird Even the romanticizing of Africa and how wilderness and societies change over time The love of the pristine.This book was eye opening for me in that I knew nothing about nightbirds prior to reading it I felt I learned a lot, and got to see the world however briefly through another person s eyes The writing style, however, didn t appeal to me I would have preferred this to be a different sort of book, but for the right person I know this book will be both inspirational and compelling Sadly, that person just wasn t me.

  9. says:

    A short book about the author s trip with three fellow birdwatchers to Ethiopia, to try to be the first people to spot a bird called the Nechisar Nightjar, which had only been known from one wing specimen Large portions of the book are also taken up by the author s favorite birdwatching memories, descriptions of other rare birds, overwrought ruminations on nature and man s place in it, and the meaning of birdwatching and conservation.The writing style is extremely florid some passages could easily be entries in a bad writing contest like the Bulwer Lytton The morning sun lay like a bright, crumpled ball of wrapping paper peeled by a child from a new toy really, now Later on, there s also the marginally less painful Dusk grabbed at the sun like a greedy child I wish people would keep their children from bothering the sun.There s enough substance here that one can mostly forgive the excesses of style Head s descriptions of Ethiopia, and of rare birds worldwide, are certainly worthwhile Throughout the book, though, I oscillated between being fascinated by Head s story and wincing at his manner of telling it.

  10. says:

    Author s prose has been described as flowery which hardly does it justice I ll admit that I m not used to seeing four or five similes and metaphors on many pages, and this was somewhat jarring at first But I got used to it, and this book possesses one quality that I appreciate in a book about looking for birds the author is at times highly specific about what it means to be a birdwatcher And so I can envision reading those parts again someday.

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