Introduction to birds of India is a photographic field guide for those enthusiasts who are interested in knowing more about the birds found in India. Instead of relying on coloured diagrams and illustrations of birds, this book relies on presenting its readers with photographs of around 230 species of birds found in India, thus making it particularly useful ready reference tool in the field. This book not only familiarizes its readers to identify with particular characteristics of a bird, but also covers how those characteristics can assist a bird watcher in identifying with the diet, habitat and behaviour of the bird. The initial chapters also covers the basic precautions that must be adhered to, in order to ensure that birds are observed in their natural environment A major part of the book in dedicated to written and photographic description of more than two hundred birds, both common and rare that are found in India. For the ease of the readers, the birds are divided into thirty four groups, covering in detail their morphological features, food habits and natural place of dwelling. Each bird is accompanied with one or more photograph, including description/ photographs highlighting the difference in sexes and maturity. The index at the end of the book lists the birds with common and scientific names and page reference where their detail description appears. Compiling photographs of such wide variety of birds in itself in no small task, requiring years of patience and dedication, for which the author deserves due credit and appreciation.
Angels Watching follows the unlikely pathway of a shy little country girl from a small town in Indiana as she breaks out of the mold in which life has placed her, becomes the first of her family to go to college, follows a call to mission, greets life's joys and weathers its sorrows with faith, tenacity and wit, and continues to welcome new challenges as she approaches her eightieth birthday and looks forward to her one hundredth. With humor and reverence she tells of growing up poor in a large family where "dysfunctional was normal" - but where love, loyalty, hard work and ingenuity won out. She tells of her first angel sighting as a young child, and of many times throughout her life when she knew that angels were watching over her.
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