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A naturalist recounts birds’ lives in the Scottish Highlands

Wildlife endures harsh weather briefly punctuated with clemency

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9:00am, August 23, 2015
whooper swans in flight

AVIAN MUSIC  In a lyrical book, naturalist John Lister-Kaye likens whooper swans’ calls to flugelhorns. 

Gods of the Morning
John Lister-Kaye
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Good nature writing can take a landscape filled with strange species and render it familiar. It can also make a locale loaded with well-known creatures seem exotic. In Gods of the Morning, naturalist John Lister-Kaye does both with flair.

This enchanting book chronicles the changing of the seasons at a nature center in the Scottish Highlands. Lister-Kaye established the facility on a former hunting estate nearly 40 years ago in a remote area dappled with floodplains, forests, marshes and meadows. Lister-Kaye focuses on birds and has a keen eye for detail. His lyrical turns of phrase take readers deep into the

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