[kigali Books] DOC On the Wing To the Edge of the Earth with the Peregrine Falcon BY Alan Tennant

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Er islands to the Artic and then south again into the Caribbean On the Wing provides a hilariously picaresue and bumpy fligh. The one phrase rundown a well written hell of a rideThis like Sunk Without a Sound was a book I picked up in a VC at a national park this time Big Bend Alan Tennant is a Texas based writer whose numerous otherworks include a field guide to snakes Someone from my old stomping ground who likes snakes I thought That was rare enough to warrant further investigationI found the book to a real page turner It details the author s obsession with following several radio tagged peregrine falcons from Alaska to central America Alan and his barnstorming pilot George pull off some amazing exploits in this tale including impersonating Texas DPS state troopers being mistaken for DEA agents stealing US Army telemetry gear and sneaking across international borders in a small plane with a broken radio I was unable to ascertain exactly when these events occurred but my suspicion was the late 80s to early 90s since he probably had to wait to publish until the statutes of limitation had expired on some of his feats Part of the fun of reading about their deeds of daring do was realizing how special those adventures really were many of the things Alan and George did in the air will never again happen in our post 911 world For me it was also very entertaining to fly along with Alan and George to long forgotten places from my adolescence I wonder if I ll ever read another book mentioning Poteet Texas it s all about the strawberries in PoteetI highly recommend this book even if you didn t have the good fortune to grow up in Texas it s a frigging joke just grin and don t give me a bunch of crap I think private pilots would really enjoy the aerial aspects and I ve recommended it to some with whom I ve flown including my dad who plied the Texas skies Basically the story is wonderful and Tennant is a gifted writer

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On the Wing To the Edge of the Earth with the Peregrine Falcon

In this extraordinary journey Alan Tennant recounts his attempt to track the transcontinental migration of the majestic pere. Hard to believe there is a book about birds that I read and felt Meh about But this is oneI had a really hard time even getting into the book It took me three separate attempts to get through it After the second failed attempt I actually placed it in a box to donate but then removed itWhat prompted me to finally finish it this time was a reading challenge I m involved in read 12 books about birds or birding in 12 monthsIt just didn t grab me Obviously There were parts I enjoyed like the section on their adventures in Belize because I would have been there not much before the author and his pilot buddy visited there I also enjoyed the section where he s in Alaska camping and birdingSome of the author s observations during his pursuit of falcons did reiterate to me how badly we trash the environmentHowever there were long stretches of the book in which I felt just bored I probably would only have given it a rating of 25 if half stars were permitted But it had to be 2 or 3 so 3 it was

review On the Wing To the Edge of the Earth with the Peregrine Falcon

Grine falcon an investigation no one before him had ever taken to such lengths From the windswept flats of the Texas barri. This was difficult to get into and most of the first third was boring I almost gave up but then it started improving and it also successfully incorporated some of the science behind peregrine falcon behavior I found the discussion offshore drilling platform ornithology especially interesting It s a shame they couldn t have joined an ornithological expedition instead of trying to do everything by themselves and running into so much trouble in Central America I could have done without some of the relationship drama but this was at least as much uest narrative as science so it wasn t completely out of place


10 thoughts on “On the Wing To the Edge of the Earth with the Peregrine Falcon

  1. says:

    On the Wing drew me in I was intrigued by the author following peregrine falcons from his Cessna and investigating their migration patterns from Texas to the Arctic to the Caribbean On the Wing is an incredible adventure I can appreciate Tennant's obsession with tracking the peregrine; however as the story shifted from the peregrine to Tennant's own life I began to lose some interest I just preferred the focus on the falcons

  2. says:

    This memoir features flying falcons geography and a look at human caused destruction of nature During the 1980s Alan was studying falcons They had been known as flying from Alaska to winter in Texas but nobody knew where Creatures of trees and cliffs they seemed to vanish in Texas Then one tracker thought of going out on a vast tidal flat marsh than sand and there were the peregrines females and tiercels smaller males busily ca

  3. says:

    Hard to believe there is a book about birds that I read and felt Meh about But this is oneI had a really hard time even getting into the book It took me three separate attempts to get through it After the second failed attempt I actually placed it in a box to donate but then removed itWhat prompted me to finally finish it this time was a reading challenge I'm involved in read 12 books about birds or birding in 12 monthsIt just didn't grab

  4. says:

    In some cases there are no obvious economic reasons for the conservation of a species but an author such as Alan Tennant in his book the national bestseller On The Wing or To The Edge Of The Earth With The Peregrine Falcon Anchor Books Random House 2005 does such a thorough job of describing the tenacity and beautifully wild nature of the creature it is impossible to walk away and see the peregrine falcon pass into ob

  5. says:

    This was difficult to get into and most of the first third was boring I almost gave up but then it started improving and it

  6. says:

    It's difficult to balance what I know of the real life people involved and their dealings legal or not in birds or prey and falconry with what is an interesting story What I know of many of the people mentioned isn't respectable so it's hard

  7. says:

    A fascinating story of tracking peregrine falcons from the Alaska tundra to their winter nesting places somewhere in Central America this story is part natural adventure and part aviation adventure In the mid 1980s Tennant and pilot

  8. says:

    If you’re interested in most anything peregrine then you’ll find this uite worthwhile Beyond the peregrine connection there is a really great memoir here if only it’d had a better editing It was mostly interesting but suffers fr

  9. says:

    The one phrase rundown a well written hell of a rideThis like Sunk Without a Sound was a book I picked up in a VC at a national park this time Big Bend Alan Tennant is a Texas based writer whose numerous otherwor

  10. says:

    Whew Finally finished this one up It was a fascinating read but not a uick one that's for certain I never stopped being interested; the book never dragged for me it just took a long time to get through for some reason Tennant is very obviously incredibly knowledgeable about birds especially falcons and I learned a huge am

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