Bird Mans River by Eric Ennion

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Bird Mans River by Eric Ennion

Eric Ennion wrote Bird Man's River in the late 1930's but his hopes of finding a publisher were dashed by the outbreak of war. The very high cost of colour reproduction was also a factor in thwarting publication - Eric's bird-artist contemporary, Charles Tunnicliffe, abandoned Shorelands Winter Diary in the 1950's because Collins were only prepared to illustrate it in line and half-tone. In Bird Man's River, Eric Ennion chronicles his own, pre-war birdwatching adventures: in Burwell Fen in Cambridgeshire, in Breckland, on the Norfolk Broads and the Norfolk and Suffolk coast, in Scotland and Wales, and in Holland in 1930 and Iceland in 1936 - a lyrical account of birds and wild places experienced in a golden age. The book reproduces all the illustrations Eric prepared specially for Bird Man's River plus a selection of his exhibition watercolours and other work from the period. Introduction by Bob Walthew.

160 pages (300 x 240 mm), 80 colour illustrations, 8 line drawings.

ISBN 978-0-9570465-0-4
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Bird Mans River by Eric Ennion



Contents

Introduction by Bob Walthew
Author's Preface

Mountain Waters
The River Rises
Iceland Ducks and Highland Waders
The Water That Wasn't There
In the Shadow of Ingolfsjall

Lowland Waters
Ponds, Puddles and Ditches
A Breckland River
'The Haunt of Coot and Hern'
The seven-foot Forest of Reeds
Cambridgeshire Fens and Texel Polders

Beyond the Sea wall
Within Sound of the Surf
Tern Island (based on Scolt Head)
Winter Saltings

Glossary and Editor's Notes
Acknowledgements

Bird Mans River by Eric Ennion

Bird Mans River by Eric Ennion

Bird Mans River by Eric Ennion

Bird Mans River by Eric Ennion

Bird Mans River by Eric Ennion

Bird Mans River by Eric Ennion