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Falcon by Helen Macdonald

falcon.jpgHelen Macdonald, a research fellow at Cambridge University, is a poet, historian and falcon-lover.   Her blog contains some of the most interesting and poetical ornithological writing available on the web. Her latest book 'Falcon' is not so much a natural history book as a history of the relationship between falcons and man.  A deceptively small book, its 208 pages are densely packed with stories and illustrations.  Since having read it, I often find myself scanning the skies longingly.  However, the only raptors we get here are red kites and the occasional buzzard or kestrel.  Maybe if I keep looking...

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