Nature | Travel writing
Michael Webster is passionate about the natural world. He is a conservationist, birdwatcher and wildlife filmmaker, and throughout his life has encouraged others to share his love of nature.
Michael enjoys the excitement of photographing and filming in wild lands. He is among the few people to have accessed Iran to record bird migration across the Caspian Sea. Travelling independently, he has slept alone with African elephants, tracked lemurs in Madagascar and filmed tigers in India. During their nearly five years in South America, Michael and his wife, Paula, were the first to film the incredible courtship ‘dance’ of the critically endangered hooded grebe. The footage from their film Tango in the Wind had 50 million views on social media and was bought by National Geographic, becoming their second most popular video of 2018. Michael is also the author of Birds of Charnwood, described by Sir David Attenborough as a splendid book.
Lecturing all over Great Britain on bird conservation and adventure travel, as well as being a regular speaker at the annual British Birdwatching Fair, Michael can also be found on Facebook at Living Wild in South America.
‘A thrilling, deeply emotional and authentic bird-lover’s travelogue. Michael Webster conveys just why South America’s rare birds and wildlife need saving – and provides inspiration for all of us to do our bit to help.’
JAMES LOWEN, AUTHOR OF MUCH ADO ABOUT MOTHING AND EDITOR OF NEOTROPICAL BIRDING
‘If you love reading about birds and adventure, this is the book for you … A book which will sit in the top 10 for 2022, I’m sure.’
‘Exemplary … a beautifully written account which delves deeply into not only the birds of South America, but also the human beings who live around them and protect them … goes above and beyond the well-trod ground of the “went to a place and saw a bird” narrative.’
AMERICAN BIRDING ASSOCIATION
‘Their adventures are numerous and at times heart-stopping … The wonders of nature extolled in this book lift the heart and generate wanderlust.’
‘An entertaning light read.’
‘Authentic overland-inspired summer reading.’
Truck Camper Magazine
‘Take a healing journey through South America following and filming birds like penguins, humingbirds and flamingos. A compelling, escapist, wildlife lover’s adventure. For fans of The Salt Path.’
‘This is the story of how a dream about touring South America in a demountable came true. If you want to get inspired, or just immerse yourself in a very different culture and meet interesting characters, then take a look.’