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Galapagos Crusoes: A Year Alone with the Birds


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A new, updated version of the celebrated 1968 title, Galapagos: Islands of Birds, by the renowned late ornithologist Bryan Nelson, with additional, previously unpublished reminiscences and lively and irreverent memories from his wife June. This timely reissue breathes new life into a classic work of natural history that will appeal to bird lovers and Galapagos -lovers alike. Although by necessity a scientific study, Bryan’s light touch and the extraordinary hardships and delights of living in total isolation with no means of rescue should things go wrong, make it an exceptionally good read.

Now, nearly 60 years later, June Nelson has extracted the story of that extraordinary year and complemented it with her own recollections. The couple’s research and findings remain relevant and interesting, so plenty of wildlife descriptions are retained, but it is the mischievous mockingbirds and friendly sea lions which will captivate the reader as much as the famous blue-footed boobies and waved albatrosses.

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