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The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl (original: 2014; edição: 2014)

de Martin Windrow (Autor)

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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."--Publisher's description.… (mais)
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Título:The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl
Autores:Martin Windrow (Autor)
Informação:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2014), Edition: First Edition, 320 pages
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The intimately documated life with a tawny owl. A fascinating read. ( )
  GeoffSC | Jul 25, 2020 |
It started out slow and dry, but I found myself enjoying the last 3/4 of the book. ( )
  trinker | Jan 9, 2020 |
There's about one magazine article worth of really great material here; anecdotes and genuine emotion. Then there's some diary entries, etc which would be tremendously useful if, say, you were considering getting an owl as a pet. He really does include both the good and the bad in here, and that's pretty fascinating. The rest of the book (about 50% by volume) consists of the author, who knows a great deal about many things but who is, at best, an amateur anatomist, trying to lecture us on owl physiognomy. He's mostly not -wrong- in this, but it's not his strength, and therefore is really quite the slog. ( )
  Kesterbird | Mar 29, 2017 |
Charming and informative, blending personal experience with biological and physical histories of owls. Windrow's voice throughout the book reflected his love and respect of owls in general and for Mumble in particular, and reading it felt like sharing a conversation with him about their relationship. ( )
  nkuelbs | Dec 22, 2016 |
I've always liked owls- by which I mainly just mean I've always thought that they are "cute", but I've never known that much about them, so this book was a fascinating read; beautifully written, informative, while also really touching and funny at times. I personally found the level of detail in some of the chapters describing Mumble's physical appearance and seasonal patterns of behaviour a little overwhelming, but overall it was a delightful book, with some lovely turns of phrase "one can take umbrage so much more convincingly when one has a lot of feathers" being one of my particular favourites! The illustrations and photographs are beautiful, and it was just a wonderfully quirky, intriguing read. ( )
  LKChapman | Jul 16, 2016 |
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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."--Publisher's description.

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