Birds & People

Birds & People by Mark Cocker

Birds & People by Mark Cocker with Photography by David Tipling

A massive book, both in scale and in the very original vision of its author and of photographer David Tipling, whose images are in a class of their own. It is crammed with anecdotes. Read how Charles Darwin discovered an unknown species of rhea while in the act of eating it, or how every morning a flock of oropendolas (members of the blackbird family) arrive at a Bolivian police shelter, spend 10 minutes picking its beams clean of insects, then disappear. Scottish stories include, as you’d expect, that of the guga hunters of Lewis – but did you know that until the 1970s a similar annual hunt took place, for Cory’s Shearwater chicks, on an island off Madeira?

Random House | RRP £40

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