Book 3: Australian Good Birding Guide: Victoria
Ted and Alex Wnorowski were both born and educated in Poland. They have been residing in Australia for the last 10 years and previously lived and worked in New Zealand and South Africa. Tadeusz holds a PhD Degree in Natural Sciences and Alex has a MSc Degree in Biology. Both have recently retired early from their successful work life to concentrate on book writing. Apart from travelling the world and birdwatching at every possible opportunity (Tadeusz is an expert birdwatcher), they are experienced wildlife carers.
* "Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings."
* "Success can take a long time to hatch."
* Distinguished naturalist painter Maryjo Koch offers a bird's-eye view of life in this beautiful and inspirational keepsake.
For millions of bird lovers, and anyone who has ever had to alter their flight plans, Maryjo Koch offers captivating, beautifully detailed watercolor paintings of more than 25 different bird species in this uplifting keepsake that pairs Koch's avian images with inspiring prose about soaring above difficulties and living life to the fullest. Koch delivers gentle humor and timeless wisdom based on observations of her finely flocked and feathered friends.
What would normally be a quiet, very private event was, in Alex's case, headline news. Over the thirty years they had worked together, Alex and Irene had become famous—two pioneers who opened an unprecedented window into the hidden yet vast world of animal minds. Alex's brain was the size of a shelled walnut, and when Irene and Alex first met, birds were not believed to possess any potential for language, consciousness, or anything remotely comparable to human intelligence. Yet, over the years, Alex proved many things. He could add. He could sound out words. He understood concepts like bigger, smaller, more, fewer, and none. He was capable of thought and intention. Together, Alex and Irene uncovered a startling reality: We live in a world populated by thinking, conscious creatures.
The fame that resulted was extraordinary. Yet there was a side to their relationship that never made the papers. They were emotionally connected to one another. They shared a deep bond far beyond science. Alex missed Irene when she was away. He was jealous when she paid attention to other parrots, or even people. He liked to show her who was boss. He loved to dance. He sometimes became bored by the repetition of his tests, and played jokes on her. Sometimes they sniped at each other. Yet nearly every day, they each said, "I love you."
Alex and Irene stayed together through thick and thin—despite sneers from experts, extraordinary financial sacrifices, and a nomadic existence from one university to another. The story of their thirty-year adventure is equally a landmark of scientific achievement and of an unforgettable human-animal bond.
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