Author(s): David Callahan
This book looks at 100 items that have profoundly shaped how people watched, studied and engaged with the avian world. Each item contains around 500 words on a double-page spread and include an illustration of the object in question. The book includes the objects listed below as well as many more.The range of items is international and cross-cultural. Subjects include: An Egyptian 'field guide' [early tomb decorations of birds, identifiable as species] Ornithologiae libri tres: the first British bird guide [a 1676 publication that attempted to itemise all British birds known at the time] The Dodo specimen held at the Horniman museum Systema Naturae by Carl Linnaeus [the first-ever system of scientific names in 1758, and still the international standard today] The shotgun The book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne by Gilbert White  HMS Beagle [the ship on which Darwin made his ground-breaking discoveries] Aluminium bird rings [used to record movement and longevity of individuals and species] along with many more modern innovations including walkie talkies, pagers, radio tags and apps.
The artworks, books, inventions and technology that have influenced how birds were studied and recorded.
Dominic Mitchell is managing editor of Birdwatch magazine. His books include Where to Watch Birds in the London Area, Christopher Helm 1997; Birdwatching: the ultimate guide to the birds of Europe, Collins 1997; Photographic Handbook to the Rare Birds of Britain and Europe, New Holland, 1999; Birds of Britain: the complete checklist, Solo Publishing 2010. He writes a regular blog, Birding Etc with Dominic Mitchell David Callahan is an active birdwatcher and staff writer on Birdwatch magazine and writes regularly on all aspects of birding.