- Olivia Gentile (Bloomsbury 2009).
Read this one soon after reading Birding on Borrowed Time
- Phoebe Snetsinger (American Birding 2003).
Both books should be read one after another (Life List
last) as it's quite a fascinating look into the life of the first person to see 8,000 species of bird worldwide.
Phoebe, the daughter of advertising mogul Leo Burnett was a housewife who got into birding at the fairly late age of 34.
Her interest in "seeing all the birds" began when she was diagnosed with cancer and given a year to live.
She devoted all her remaining time to the birds, and as it turned out was a survivor, clocking in another 17 years in the pursuit of all things feathered.
Being from a wealthy family she used her inheritance to travel around the world several times over in a journey often at the expense of her loved ones.
Along the way she faced earthquakes, shipwrecks, assaults and even rape in New Guinea, as well as re-occurrences of melanoma.
Thus is the way of passion.
I would have loved to have met her, a birding legend.Birding on Borrowed Time
is Phoebe's story in her own words, Life List
is a biography, interesting to read about events from both perspectives.