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From his Cornish boyhood, Rory recounts his lifetime of birdwatching, watching his first skylark whereas stoned; his time and again failed makes an attempt to wake up on the daybreak just like the genuine twitchers; and his mistaken bid to coach his mate Danny within the methods of birding.

Rory's story is a completely academic, sometimes lyrical and hugely fun romp in the course of the hidden byways of birdwatching.

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