|Title:||Himalayan and Kashmiri birds, being a key to the birds commonly seen in summer in the Himalayas & Kashmir|
|Publisher:||The Bodley Head|
|Tags:||Asia, biology, birds, Himalayas, Kashmir, non-fiction, ornithology, reference, science|
Excerpt: The object of this book is to enable people interested in birds to identify those they meet with while walking in the hill stations of the Himalayas and Kashmir and those they see in the Kashmir valley.
The birds dealt with are the ones commonly seen in summer at such places. As nine out of ten species of hill birds move to lower levels in winter, the bird population of a hill station in winter differs from that in summer.
Had the scope of this book included birds seen in winter at the various hill stations, and those found in summer only at lower elevations than 5000 feet above the sea-level or higher altitudes than 7500, its bulk would have been considerably increased. It would have attained even greater dimensions had I noticed the rare birds that are sometimes seen in hill stations in summer.
Paradoxical though it may sound, the value of this book lies largely in its omissions! [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Dewar, Douglas
Douglas Dewar (1875–1957) was a barrister, British civil servant in India, and ornithologist who wrote several books about Indian birds. He wrote widely in newspapers such as The Madras Mail, Pioneer, Times of India and periodicals such as the Civil and Military Gazette and Bird Notes.
Dewar however wrote most on ornithology and wrote numerous books on the birds of India. He particularly favoured the study of birds in life in the field wrote in his Birds of the Plains:
"The ornithological world is peopled by two classes of human beings. There are those who study nature inside the museum with the microscope and scalpel and there are those who live to observe birds In the open and study their habits."
He accuses the museum ornithologists of needlessly multiplying new species and altering names, too much attention being paid to local variations.
In his early education, he had been taught the ideas of evolution and was half-hearted in his acceptance of the principles. Although his early works on ornithology seemed to accept ideas of adaptation and selection, he later became a creationist and published a number of books and debates attacking evolution, and was the founding secretary-treasurer in the Evolution Protest Movement in 1932 along with Bernard Acworth and Lewis Merson Davies, jointly known as the Acworth Circle. He leaned towards the idea of old earth creationism but questioned radiometric dating. His book, The Transformist Illusion published posthumously in 1957 attempted to show the failure of evolution using examples such as the infinitesimal probability of proteins arising out of random mixing, the fossil record, bird anatomy, blood group incompatibilities, and queried evolutionary claims in embryology and vestigial organs. Reviewers pointed out the problems in his objections.--Wikipedia.
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