this extraordinary narrative, Alan
Tennant, a passionate
observer of nature, recounts his all-out effort to radio-track the
transcontinental migration of the peregrine falcon—an investigation no one
before him had ever taken to such lengths.
On the Wing transports us from the windswept flats of the Texas
barrier islands—where the tundra falcons pause during their springtime
journey north—to the Arctic, and then back south, through Mexico, Belize,
and into the Caribbean, in a hilariously picaresque and bumpy flight. At the
helm is Tennant’s partner in falcon-chasing, George Vose, a septuagenarian
World War II vet who trusts his instincts as much as his instruments. As the
two men nearly lose their lives and run afoul of the law in the race to keep
their birds in view and their rattletrap Cessna gassed up and running,
Tennant renders with gorgeous precision and skill the landscape and wildlife
they pass on the way and the falcons that direct their course.
On the Wing is a breathtaking encounter with these majestic birds—the
icons of pharaohs, Oriental emperors, and European nobility—whose fierce
mien, power, and swiftness have fired the human imagination for centuries.
An unforgettable and mesmerizing tale that speaks to all our dreams of
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