Saga of Swans: And, Harrier Over the Fen - Kenneth RichmondLondon: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1949, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a closed tear to the foot of the spine.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “This book, which contains two narratives of bird life, will delight the wild fowler, the bird watcher and the nature lover.
Saga of Swans is largely the result of the author’s observations of a solitary Whooper which spent two years on a Lincolnshire mere. During that time there were ample opportunities for studying the Swan at close quarters and of getting to know it as an individual and as a character.
The life of the Swan is pictured; his home life in Iceland; his flight with his family to the Outer Isles, thence to the Solway, the Northumbrian lochs, Derwentwater and Crowland Wash, and his sojourn there for two seasons with a pair of Mute Swans.
Harrier over the Fen de-scribes the private life of the rarest of British breeding birds, the Marsh Harrier. Here too is a tale crowded with incident, yet with a background that is strictly authentic. This is a world of sedge and dyke, peopled by the skulking Bittern, the sly Rail and above all, floating like a spirit of the waters, the figure of Girriak, handsomest and most majestic of fen-hawks.”