The (Big) Year that Flew By : Twelve Months, Six Continents, and the Ultimate Birding Record by Madison Niederhauser

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'This is an epic journey by a man who's not only obsessed with birds but who has a deep spiritual connection with the planet as he observes the environments and habitats he encounters.' David Lindo, author of How to be an Urban BirderThe (Big) Year Flew By is the tale of one avid birder's epic, record-breaking adventure through 40 countries over 6 continents - in just one year - to see 6,852 bird species, many on the precipice of extinction. When Arjan Dwarshuis first heard of the 'Big Year' - the legendary record for birdwatching - he was just twenty years old. It was midnight, and he was sitting on the roof of a truck high up in the Andean Mountains. In that moment, Arjan made a promise to himself that someday, somehow, he would become a world-record-holding birder. Ten years later, he embarked on an incredible, arduous and perilous journey that took him around the globe; over uninhabited islands, through dense unforgiving rainforests, across snowy mountain peaks and unrelenting deserts - in just a single year. Would he survive? Would he be able to break the 'Big Year' record, navigating through a world filled with shifting climate and geopolitical challenges?The (Big) Year that Flew By is an unforgettable, personal exploration of the limits of human potential when engaging with the natural world. It is a book about birds and birding and Arjan's attempts to raise awareness for critically endangered species, but it is also a book about overcoming mental challenges, extreme physical danger and human competition and fully realizing your passions through nature, adventure and conservation.
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