Bird Sense

What It's Like to Be a Bird

Author: Tim Birkhead

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408820137

Category: Science

Page: 288

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What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other. Our affinity for birds is often said to be the result of shared senses - vision and hearing - but how exactly do their senses compare with our own? And what about a birds' sense of taste, or smell, or touch or the ability to detect the earth's magnetic field? Or the extraordinary ability of desert birds to detect rain hundreds of kilometres away - how do they do it? Bird Sense is based on a conviction that we have consistently underestimated what goes on in a bird's head. Our understanding of bird behaviour is simultaneously informed and constrained by the way we watch and study them. By drawing attention to the way these frameworks both facilitate and inhibit discovery, it identifies ways we can escape from them to seek new horizons in bird behaviour. There has never been a popular book about the senses of birds. No one has previously looked at how birds interpret the world or the way the behaviour of birds is shaped by their senses. A lifetime spent studying birds has provided Tim Birkhead with a wealth of observation and an understanding of birds and their behaviour that is firmly grounded in science.

Bird Box - Schließe deine Augen

Roman

Author: Josh Malerman

Publisher: Blanvalet Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3641237742

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Der Roman zum Netflix-Film mit Sandra Bullock in der Hauptrolle! Öffne deinen Augen, und du bist tot! Dieses Mantra hat Malorie ihren beiden Kindern von Geburt an eingeimpft. Sie verlassen das Haus so selten wie möglich und wenn doch, dann nur mit verbundenen Augen. Denn irgendetwas ist dort draußen, dessen Anblick jeden in den Wahnsinn treibt. Da klingelt das Telefon, und der unbekannte Anrufer bietet ihr einen sicheren Ort, nur ein paar Meilen den Fluss hinab. Kein weiter Weg, wenn man ihn sehen kann. Doch mit verbundenen Augen unmöglich. Dennoch steigt Malorie mit den Kindern in ein kleines Boot, der Hoffnung entgegen – oder dem Tod! Dieser Roman ist auch bereits unter dem Titel »Der Fluss« beim Blanvalet Verlag erschienen.

The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar

Author: Martin Windrow

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448170435

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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‘Perched on the back of a sunlit chair was something about 9 inches tall and shaped rather like a plump toy penguin with a nose-job. It appeared to be wearing a one-piece knitted jumpsuit of pale grey fluff with brown stitching, complete with an attached balaclava helmet. From the face-hole of the fuzzy balaclava, two big, shiny black eyes gazed up at me trustfully. Kweep, it said quietly.’ When author Martin Windrow met the tawny owlet that he christened Mumble, it was love at first sight. Raising her from a fledgling, through adolescence and into her prime years, Windrow recorded every detail of their time living together (secretly) in a south London tower block, and later in a Sussex village. This is the touching, intriguing and eccentric story of their 15-year relationship, complete with photographs and illustrations of the beautiful Mumble. Along the way, we are given fascinating insight into the ornithology of owls – from their evolution and biology to their breeding habits and hunting tactics. The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar is a witty, quirky and utterly charming account of the companionship between one man and his owl.

Das Leben und das Schreiben

Memoiren

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641054001

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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„Ich schreibe so lange, wie der Leser davon überzeugt ist, in den Händen eines erstklassigen Wahnsinnigen zu sein.“ Stephen King Während der Genesung nach einem schweren Unfall schreibt Stephen King seine Memoiren – Leben und Schreiben sind eins. Ein unverzichtbarer Ratgeber für alle angehenden Schriftsteller und eine Fundgrube für alle, die mehr über den König des Horror-Genres erfahren wollen. Ein kluges und gleichzeitig packendes Buch über gelebte Literatur. »Eine Konfession.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The Bird Book

Alma's Story

Author: Patsy Levang

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1493157000

Category: Nature

Page: 56

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There was only the bird book to tell her story. She left it as unfinished as her life seemed to be. The question of who she was led me to begin searching for the answers. Years ago I should have started searching while she was still alive; however, I did not really know about her until it was too late. I refused to have her life and legacy forgotten, and yet I was so slow in acting. I suppose there are those who would say that I should not invade the territory of one who is already gone. However, it has always been in me to find out the answers, and so for that reason, Alma’s story must be told. She left her story in phrases she composed. She left her story in the pieces of artwork she created. She left her story in the memories of those who knew her.

Die Sinne der Vögel oder Wie es ist, ein Vogel zu sein

Mit Zeichnungen von Katrina van Grouw

Author: Tim Birkhead

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3662558653

Category: Science

Page: 208

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Wie es ist ein Vogel zu sein – ein bahnbrechender Blick auf die Sinneswelt der Vögel Das Buch des britischen Ornithologen Tim Birkhead hat die englische Leserwelt im Sturm erobert –und begeistert nun auch das deutschsprachige Publikum. Fliegen wie ein Vogel – das ist für viele Menschen ein Traum. Doch nur wenige von uns sind sich der anderen Fähigkeiten und Sinnesleistungen bewusst, die das Vogelsein zu einer großartigen und ganz besonderen Erfahrung machen. Wie ist es, ein Flamingo zu sein, der den unsichtbaren Regen fühlt, welcher Hunderte von Kilometern entfernt niedergeht? Oder ein Kiwi, der in einer stockfinsteren neuseeländischen Nacht durch das feuchte Unterholz stapft? Was empfindet ein Tölpel, der nach langer winterlicher Trennung seinen Partner wiedertrifft? Und wie gelingt es Zugvögeln, das Erdmagnetfeld wahrzunehmen? Die Sinne der Vögel zeichnet historisch nach, wie unser Wissen über Vögel vor allem durch technische Fortschritte im Lauf der letzten 50 Jahre gewachsen ist. Das Buch erzählt faszinierende Geschichten darüber, wie Vögel ihre Sinne – Gesichts-, Hör-, Geruchs-, Geschmacks-, Tast- und Magnetsinn – gebrauchen, um ihre Umwelt zu interpretieren und miteinander zu interagieren. Moderne Testverfahren haben frühere Überzeugungen als falsch entlarvt, beispielsweise den Glauben, dass Vögel einen schlecht entwickelten Geruchssinn haben. Dennoch unterschätzen wir noch immer, was im Kopf eines Vogels vor sich geht – vor allem deshalb, weil die Art und Weise, wie wir sie beobachten und studieren, unser Verständnis gleichzeitig voranbringt und einschränkt. Indem dieses Buch deutlich macht, wie unsere eigenen Sinne neue Erkenntnisse sowohl fördern als auch hemmen, zeigt es Wege auf, das Verhalten von Vögeln besser zu verstehen. Nie zuvor hat ein populäres Sachbuch so klar dar gelegt, wie grundlegend das Verhalten von Vögeln von ihren Sinnen geprägt wird. Dank seiner lebenslangen wissenschaftlichen Beschäftigung mit diesen Tieren verfügt Tim Birkhead über einen umfangreichen Schatz an Beobachtungen, der ihm erlaubt, Vögel und ihr Verhalten zu deuten und zu verstehen. Niemand, der dieses faszinierende und wunderbar illustrierte Buch liest, wird davon unberührt bleiben.

Ich weiß, warum der gefangene Vogel singt

Author: Maya Angelou

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518759442

Category: Fiction

Page: 321

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Die Ikone der afroamerikanischen Literatur, ihr epochemachendes Werk: Maya Angelou wächst in den Dreißigerjahren im Kramerladen ihrer Großmutter am Rande einer Baumwollplantage auf. Für sie und ihren Bruder ein Ort des Zaubers und des Spiels inmitten einer schwarzen Gemeinde, die der Hass und die Armut auszulöschen droht ... Dieses Buch erzählt die Geschichte eines trotzigen Mädchens im Kampf gegen unvorstellbare Widerstände. Und zur gleichen Zeit singt es die schönste Hymne auf die weltverändernde Kraft der Worte, der Fantasie, der Zärtlichkeit im Angesicht des Grauens. »Eine Offenbarung und mein Talisman.« Oprah Winfrey »Sie hatte neunzehn Talente, gebrauchte zehn und war ein richtiges Original.« Toni Morrison »Markiert den Anfang einer neuen Ära.« James Baldwin »Das erste Buch, das ich als Jugendliche gelesen habe.« Rihanna »Eine phänomenale Frau!« Beyoncé

Alle Vögel unter dem Himmel

Author: Charlie Jane Anders

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104038384

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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›Alle Vögel unter dem Himmel‹ von Charlie Jane Anders ist vieles: ein magischer Science-Fiction-Roman, eine unvergessliche Liebesgeschichte zwischen einer Hexe und einem Nerd – und eine feinsinnige Bestandsaufnahme des modernen Lebens. Patricia Delfine merkt früh, dass sie eine Hexe ist. Schließlich kann sie mit den Vögeln sprechen – oder konnte es früher zumindest einmal (an jenem warmen Sommertag). Laurence Armstead ist ein Nerd: Schon als Highschool-Schüler erfindet er in seinem Kinderzimmer eine Zeitmaschine, die es ihm erlaubt, zwei Sekunden in die Zukunft zu reisen. Obwohl sie unterschiedlicher nicht sein könnten, werden sie schnell Freunde. Gegen Ende der Schulzeit verlieren sie sich aus den Augen, nur um sich einige Jahre später in San Francisco wiederzutreffen: Doch der Zeitpunkt ist denkbar ungünstig: Die Welt wird gerade von einer ökologischen Katastrophe heimgesucht: Ganze Regionen versinken im Meer, Flüchtlingsströme durchziehen die Welt. Wissenschaftler wie Hexen suchen nach einem Ausweg, können sich jedoch nicht einigen. Laurence und Patricia finden sich auf unterschiedlichen Seiten der Auseinandersetzung wieder und müssen sich fragen: Wem können wir trauen, wenn die Welt aus den Fugen gerät, dem Verstand oder dem Gefühl? »Was für ein großartiges Buch! Eine wunderbare Synthese aus Magie und Technik, Freude und Leid, Romantik und Weisheit. Ein absolutes Muss.« Lev Grossman Für Leser von Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem und Armistead Maupin

Wildlife Search and Rescue

A Guide for First Responders

Author: Rebecca Dmytryk

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119959624

Category: Science

Page: 200

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Rescuing wild animals in distress requires a unique set of skills, very different from those used in handling domestic animals. The equipment, degree of handling, the type of caging and level of care a wild animal receives can mean the difference between life and death. Wildlife Search and Rescue is a comprehensive guide on ‘best practices’ and suggested standards for response to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. This valuable resource covers the fundamentals of wildlife rescue, from ‘phone to field’, including safe and successful capture strategies, handling and restraint techniques and initial aid. Wildlife Search and Rescue is a must have for anyone interested in knowing what to do when they are face to face with a wild animal in need, or for anyone involved in animal rescue. While the book focuses on wildlife native to North America, much of the information and many of the techniques are applicable to other species, including domestic dogs and cats. Visit www.wiley.com/go/dmytryk/wildlifeemergency to access the figures from the book.

Enlightenment Ain't What It's Cracked Up To Be

A Journey of Discovery, Snow and Jazz in the Soul

Author: Robert K. c. Forman

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1780991428

Category: Psychology

Page: 233

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What if you spent years of your life seeking spiritual enlightenment, but were looking in the wrong place over a long time? It’s happening right now to millions of seekers around the world. That’s why Dr. Robert Forman has written his revolutionary book. Told in often poetic prose, it offers new direction for people looking for a sane and healthy spiritual pathway in our increasingly confusing world. Traditional spiritual models are giving seekers a wrong and frustrating impression about spiritual enlightenment. By exploring his own 39 year experience of spiritual enlightenment, Dr. Forman offers a remedy to folks who are: Convinced they don’t have the right stuff to achieve enlightenment in this lifetime: Disillusioned by spiritual teachers who don’t live up to their lofty self-portraits: Worried that choosing a spiritual life means leaving their everyday life behind: Hungry for a different way to be, but unable to express it. Through metaphor, humor, vulnerability and achingly beautiful prose, Dr. Forman’s book offers newfound hope to spiritual seekers everywhere.

Bird

Author: Crystal Chan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442450908

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

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Entrenched secrets, mysterious spirits, and an astonishing friendship weave together in this extraordinary and haunting debut that School Library Journal calls “a powerful story about loss and moving on.” Nothing matters. Only Bird matters. And he flew away. Jewel never knew her brother Bird, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Her parents blame Grandpa for the tragedy of their family’s past: they say that Grandpa attracted a malevolent spirit—a duppy—into their home. Grandpa hasn’t spoken a word since. Now Jewel is twelve, and she lives in a house full of secrets and impenetrable silence. Jewel is sure that no one will ever love her like they loved Bird, until the night that she meets a mysterious boy in a tree. Grandpa is convinced that the boy is a duppy, but Jewel knows that he is something more. And that maybe—just maybe—the time has come to break through the stagnant silence of the past.

A Bird's Eye View of the Practices of Humanism

Author: Horace Smith

Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing ltd

ISBN: 1847477550

Category:

Page: N.A

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Description This e book is about my experiences and what I have seen through my extensive counselling and therapy as I translate in a language that many can understand my experiences as I come out of the shock from a great war of my conscience that was fought over a period of 32 years for the right just to live a normal life, free from the control of society, governments and satanic inspired people who wanted to create in me a new species, devoid of all the godly values that Christ bestow on mankind when he died on the cross and rose from the dead to eternal life. Both spiritual and natural. It is about my discoveries as being considered the vile, because of my mental illness, in a affluent society that only consider the poor as commerce to be sold and bought, to fight their wars and die without living. Mostly in America and how the normal community treated me as an individual. It shows how many people just wanted to experiment on me as their guinea pig so that in the world of commerce they would be able to use my spiritual knowledge to fool many into believing that they are wise. It shows what those who believe in the humanist theory that we evolved from apes and life just happened without a reason that has led to so many wars as mankind is no longer held accountable for their actions and so to bring peace we as the more advance nations send troops to foreign lands to kill in the image of making a better world. About the Author Horace Smith at the age of ten was sodomised by a paedophile ring that existed in the black Jamaican church, in a satanic ritual service to gain power over his soul, which is quite common in the Jamaican and African religious communities, here in London in the 70s. This tragic event led to severe mental health problems that has existed in Horace's life for 32 years to date. It was in 1991 that on his return back to London and after seeing a consultant at SLAM he was diagnosed wit paranoid schizophrenia and hearing voices and seeing delusions, but with the help of treatment and medication, Horace is able to live a near normal life.

A Natural History of Quiet Waters

Swamps and Wetlands of the Mid-Atlantic Coast

Author: Curtis J. Badger

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813926186

Category: History

Page: 143

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Although swamps today are recognized as one of the richest and most prolific natural systems on Earth, they have long held a mysterious and tenuous place in America’s history and culture. Ernest Hemingway equated them with madness and death in "Big Two-hearted River." We have images of Humphrey Bogart covered with leeches while slogging through a swamp in the film The African Queen. In our culture, swamps have been associated with mystery and evil, and we spent generations draining, filling, and otherwise destroying them. Indeed, in the four centuries since the European colonists arrived, we have lost more than half of the forested wetlands that were native to America. Swamps have until now received little attention, despite recent efforts to protect them. With A Natural History of Quiet Waters: Swamps and Wetlands of the Mid-Atlantic Coast, Curtis Badger takes us on a personalized trip to the swamp, providing an insightful look at the nature of these special places, and arguing persuasively that these natural systems should be protected, not destroyed. Using such locations as the Pocomoke River and the Great Dismal Swamp as exemplars of swamps in general, Badger examines the natural history of wetlands, and also relates the role they have played in the history and culture of the mid-Atlantic coast. A great iron furnace and its surrounding village once stood in a cypress swamp along Nassawango Creek in Maryland. The Great Dismal was a safe haven for runaway slaves, and it has been the source of many ghostly tales and legends. Although swamps have for centuries been cast in a negative light, they are wonderfully productive places, a refuge for migrating songbirds, insects, fish, animals, and rare plants. Swamps and wetlands provide us with clean water, they protect uplands from flooding, and their waters serve as a spawning ground for valuable fish and shellfish. And, Badger writes, they provide us with an island of forested wilderness, a place where one can launch a canoe and temporarily escape the irritations of the modern world. Notwithstanding the government’s goal of "no net loss" of wetlands, swamps are still being drained, filled, and paved over each year. With this book, Badger invites us to appreciate these special places and the natural communities they support.

Pictures and their Use in Communication

A Philosophical Essay

Author: David Novitz

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401010633

Category: Psychology

Page: 165

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Ours is the age of the picture. Pictures abound in our newspapers and magazines, in storybooks and on the glossy pages of instruction manuals. We find them on billboards and postage stamps, on the television screen and in the cinema. And in all of these cases pictures inform us: they explain, they clarify, they elucidate - and at times, too, they entertain and delight us. Images on the television screen have all but replaced the printed word as a source of information about the world; and nowadays, too, picture books and comic strips are consulted much more readily, and with much less intellectual effort, than the printed word. There can be little doubt but that pictures have come to play a very important role in communication. It strikes me as odd that, in what is nothing less than a visual age, philosophers have had so little to say about the visual image and its use in communication. Hardly anything has been done to explain the way in which pictures are used to inform us; the way in which they influence our thinking, our attitudes and our perception of the world. My aim in this work is to fill this gap, and in so doing to provide a viable account of pictorial communication.

Rare Birds

An American Family

Author: Dan Bessie

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813121796

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 287

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Whether fighting in Spanish Civil War or struggling against the anti-leftist bigotry of the 1950s, the characters in this memoir of a twentieth-century American family reveal the struggles of progressives in a conservative nation.

The Art of Joy

Author: Anselm Grün

Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH

ISBN: 3451802872

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Joy of living – this phrase resonates with music and love. Say 'yes' to life! Let yourself be charmed! Take time to tend to your soul, listen to your body – and enjoy with all your senses. Anselm Grün shows us: the path to profound happiness is a path of joy and openness. Anyone can walk it. His book – joy of living from the bottom of our hearts. And a book about the art of being happy.

A Digest of Hindu Law, on Contracts and Successions

With a Commentary by Jagannátha Tercapanchánana

Author: Jagannátha Tercapanchánana

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110805627X

Category: History

Page: 602

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An honorary professor of Sanskrit and Hindu law at Fort William College in Calcutta, and a key figure in the foundation of the Royal Asiatic Society, Henry Thomas Colebrooke (1765-1837) became Britain's foremost orientalist during the early nineteenth century. Taking up the reins of Sanskrit scholarship following the death of Sir William Jones (1746-94), Colebrooke made several substantial contributions to Indic study. Through seminal publications such as a grammar of Sanskrit and an extended article on the Vedas, he provided unprecedented access to one of the world's oldest languages and some of its oldest texts. Published in 1801, this three-volume translation of Brahman law was based on a Sanskrit compilation prepared by a pandit, Jagannatha Tercapanchanana, whose learned commentary is also featured in the work. Volume 2 expounds the legal issues concerning slavery, marriage and inheritance rights.

H wie Habicht

Author: Helen Macdonald

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 384371147X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Der Spiegel-Bestseller Der Tod ihres Vaters trifft Helen unerwartet. Erschüttert von der Wucht der Trauer wird der Kindheitstraum in ihr wach, ihren eigenen Habicht aufzuziehen und zu zähmen. Und so zieht das stolze Habichtweibchen Mabel bei ihr ein. Durch die intensive Beschäftigung mit dem Tier entwickelt sich eine konzentrierte Nähe zwischen den beiden, die tröstend und heilend wirkt. Doch Mabel ist nicht irgendein Tier. Mabel ist ein Greifvogel. Mabel tötet. »Um einen Greifvogel abzurichten, muss man ihn wie einen Greifvogel beobachten, erst dann kann man vorhersagen, was er als Nächstes tun wird. Schließlich sieht man die Körpersprache des Vogels gar nicht mehr – man scheint zu fühlen, was der Vogel fühlt. Die Wahrnehmung des Vogels wird zur eigenen. Als die Tage in dem abgedunkelten Raum vergingen und ich mich immer mehr in den Habicht hineinversetzte, schmolz mein Menschsein von mir ab.« Helen Macdonald Ein Buch über die Erinnerung, über Natur und Freiheit - und über das Glück, sich einer großen Aufgabe von ganzem Herzen zu widmen. »[Macdonalds] anschaulicher Stil – verblüffend und außerordentlich präzise – ist nur ein Teil dessen, was dieses Buch ausmacht. Die Geschichte vom Abrichten Mabels liest sich wie ein Thriller. Die allmählich und behutsam anwachsende Spannung lässt den Atem stocken ... Fesselnd.« Rachel Cooke Observer * New York Times Bestseller * Costa Award für das beste Buch des Jahres 2014 * Samuel Johnson Prize