Magic Bustard

Nigel Redman  (Author)
The hippie trail - a gentle, hallucinogen-powered bus-bound trundle through western Asia from Istanbul to Kathmandu - came into being in the early 1970s. Back then this was an intrepid trip into the almost completely unknown, through places that are largely off-limits to travellers today, such as Iran and Afghanistan, that broadened already-mellowed minds to a backdrop of The Who, Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd. The birds of this region were similarly largely unknown, but all this was to change following an epic trip in 1978 by a band of birding hippies, which heralded the beginning of large-scale bird trips to Asia and beyond. Nigel Redman, a young, bored accountant with a lifelong passion for birds, decided to jack it all in and head off on this adventure to birding nirvana. Magic Bustard is the story of that ground-breaking trip, comparing the habitats, people, places and birds of the 1970s with current observations as Nigel revisits old haunts along the trail, from the famous 'Pudding Shop' where the journey began right across to the final destination and gateway to the world of Himalayan endemics, Kathmandu in Nepal.
Part-travelogue, part-memoir, the book delivers a commentary on the incredible changes that have been wrought on the region and its birds in the 40 years since that first trip, with bizarre ground jays, sensational sandgrouse, bounteous buntings, and yes, even a magic bustard or two on the way. Of appeal to birders, hippies, ex-hippies, and above all people who enjoy a good travel yarn, Magic Bustard is both an enjoyable testament to the awakening of the possibilities of travel in the postwar era, and a fun travelogue packed with drugs, casual sex and scarce endemic plovers. Groovy.
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  • Product code: 9781472922762
  • Barcode: 9781472922762
  • Release date: Apr 24, 2019
  • Available from: 18.07.2019
  • Author: Nigel Redman
  • Publishing company: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Year of publication: 18.07.2019
  • Book format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 288

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