‘I came late to the love of birds. For years I saw them only as a tremor at the edge of vision. They know suffering and joy in simple states not possible for us. Their lives quicken and warm to a pulse our hearts can never reach. They race to oblivion. They are old before we have finished growing.’
From The Peregrine, by J. A. Baker
Werner Herzog reads from and recommends this book in a talk available here, and having just started to read it I’m in awe of the mastery of language and observational skill of the author, it’s amazing work. The Herzog talk is a great listen too.