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He’s handsome, smart, likes birds, has that incredibly cute accent, not to mention the humungous camera lens…
(which, btw MevetS, he handholds!)
Besides the avant-garde fashion sense (look at that blue jacket!) he’s also, clearly, very brave. I imagine him to be risking life and limb to photograph Harlequins out at the end of the Barnegat jetty, don’t you?
Have I mentioned that he’s just published a book? And a book about birds, no less!
My momentary infatuation is directed towards Richard Crossley and his Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds. I’m planning to spend this Valentine’s evening curled up with it by candlelight, maybe with a glass of wine.
Like with all tender new love, all I can say is, “Wow!”
“He’s sees birds just like I do!”
“Where has this field guide been all my life?”
“Gosh… it’s so sexy when he uses alpha codes!”
It really is a cool guide; his approach is unconventional and that’s exactly what excites me most about it. I’ve not ever been one to rely on a field guide. I collect them, yes. But use them? Hardly.
This is a book I want to spend time with and get to know better. I think Richard Crossley can make me a better birder.
*Please note that, while Princeton University Press has kindly provided me with a free copy of The Crossley ID Guide to review, this is not my proper review. I promise to do that once I’m over the puppy-dog stage of love and can see things more clearly.
**Please also note that I have no personal relationship with Mr. Crossley, nor do I desire such. There was a brief interaction at the Cape May Hawkwatch this fall involving the ID of a sparrow, however. I am happy to report that Mr. Crossley did not laugh me off the platform at that encounter.
(Imagine the pressure of having THE RICHARD CROSSLEY toss a roadkill sparrow your way and demand that you ID it, in hand, before he’ll even make eye contact with you.)
Thanks for that experience Wren!
Have a listen as he describes the book (oohh that accent!)
And Happy Lover’s Day!