Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, Oct.29, 2004
You didn't conduct a bird study in the usual scientific manner, heavy on
data and theories to test. Instead, you latched onto a gutsy pilot and took
off to follow a peregrine wherever she took you. Why?
Because this is not a science book. It's not even really a bird book. This
is a romance -- in the broadest sense -- about how I became obsessed with a
femme fatale. A falcon. My pilot, George Vose, and I were on a quest, like
following the Grail. Our peregrine just mesmerized us. For Vose it was similar to his barnstorming days: flying cross-country without much electronic
equipment. We saw what the birds saw, did what they did, fought the same
winds, wandered everywhere with them. We shared their puzzlement, their confusion. You can read
reams of fact in scientific papers, but that's not the same as living with
these creatures, in the air, for months.
'Read an excerpt
from the book'