KINGDOM OF DAYLIGHT – MEMOIRS OF A BIRDWATCHER

Sep 4, 2020 | Book Reviews, Memoirs | 0 comments

Memories of a birdwatcher

KINGDOM OF DAYLIGHT – MEMOIRS OF A BIRDWATCHER

by Peter Steyn.

Peter Steyn is synonymous with birding in Southern Africa having spent a lifetime studying and photographing all types of birds in all habitats.   KINGDOM OF DAYLIGHT takes us further afield with Peter; bird watching in America, Peru, Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Australia, New Zealand, Madagascar and Ethiopia where he says “I had a feeling of Biblical antiquity” as well as sub-Saharan Africa.

This superbly presented memoir covers many decades of Peter Steyn’s life and travels, pursuing and recording birds, writing books (he has published 9 books on ornithology), as a guest speaker and publishing scientific papers.

In his Foreword Vernon Head, another highly respected birdwatcher, says “Birds are a powerful link between the land and the sky, between vast oceans and the great continents.” In this memoir Peter’s Steyn’s dedication and joy in his chosen path entertains as well as informs, and kindles an interest in even the most amateur of birders. 

Amongst the more than 400 excellent coloured photographs and maps, are images of the countries that Peter has visited, bringing to life the adventures and experiences he undertook in his travels and the people he met along the way. 

KINGDOM OF DAYLIGHT, with its unusual title, is a book to enjoy and treasure, one to re-visit and one to share.

ISBN 978 0 620 74 2566  Published by Peter Steyn / Struik Nature / Penguin Random House

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