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 youâ€™d expect, that of the guga hunters of Lewis â€“ but did you know that until the 1970s a similar annual hunt took place, for Coryâ€™s Shearwater chicks, on an island off Madeira?
Random House | RRP Â£40