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Saturday, April 14, 2012

All About Eggs?

Well, I have decided to rejoin this forum about birds. I was once a member long ago, and I had another name, but I forgot my password, so I just said screw it! I don't go in there much anymore anyway. I just don't care much for forums. Especially forums like this one, that take away my rights of free speech. But this time when I went in, my main interest was in completing this bird book. I am right now working on the chapter about pheasants, quails and partridges, and I would like to add egg dimensions for each species if I can. But there is one I have yet to be able to find, and it's the snow partridge of the Himalayas. So I went in there to ask about it.

Well my post sat in there for a whole day, it got a lot of views but no responses. I figured the people there would know about something like that. Well, today I got some responses. One person just asked why I want information like that. I wasn't sure at the time if I should have been telling them about this book I am writing, as I have been working on it for many years, and I am not even halfway done with it yet, and I have no idea of the outcome of this book yet. Yet, I was wondering why this person was asking me why I wanted to know information like that. It almost sounded like I had offended him or something. Well, another person told me that most people now do not like discussing Oology, which is the study of eggs. He compared it to being like trophy-hunting an animal. He said the study of eggs has proven to be detrimental to the survival of some rare species like the snow partridge. But I am not trying to be detrimental to any bird's survival. All I wanted was to know if anyone had this information. But at least I can say that he answered my question as to why no modern books carry this kind of info. But I still want to add this information to my book.

I want this bird book to be along the same scale as Walker's Mammals of the World. I want detailed information in this book. I believe the reader deserves it! I want to contain as much information as possible, and that includes egg measurements along with the description. The only problem is, I can't find such detailed information about some birds. They've not been so easy to find. For example, hummingbirds. There is no book out there with any detailed information about hummingbirds. The closest that I've been able to find is this book I have about birds of South America. And then it's just a physical description about each species. I have lots of books about birds, and more will be on the way. I just have to gather as much info as I can while I can. Hopefully someone out there can help me out.

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