Anaheim, CA, December 19, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Call him the Bird Man of Orange County. For years, Douglas Elliott experienced up close the amazing abilities and affection of a special flock of wild Canada geese, who called his Southern California Fishing Lakes, home. Now, he’s sharing this heartwarming story of friendship in “OC Honkers: The Corona and Big Guy Story,” the astonishing and true-life book just released by Outskirts Press.
Now available through the OP Store (www.outskirtspress.com/store.php), “OC Honkers” covers four years of Elliott’s unlikely friendship with these endearing “honkers,” chronicling the birds’ soaring milestones and devastating setbacks. Elliott, the owner of three recreational fishing lakes in Orange County, meets his first feathered friend when a good Samaritan drops off the bird after nursing it back to health from an apparent gunshot wound. Immediately, Elliott and the honker whom he names Corona share a special bond, as Corona treats Elliott almost like a parent.
Smitten by his new friend’s warmth, Elliott began to raise geese from eggs to adulthood and welcoming some memorable new arrivals. Packed with gorgeous photographs, “OC Honkers” introduces readers to many of them: there’s Big Guy, Corona’s authoritative and prickly mate; Scruffy, an extremely intelligent bird whose abilities will astound; and Angel, whose birth defect gives his wings an angelic appearance.
Through it all, Elliott relays the amazing capabilities of these wild, beautiful birds to bestow affection. He astonishes onlookers as he summons his birds with cries of “Hey guys!,” which always brings them flying back to land at his feet. But the book also focuses on their ups and downs from motherless goslings’ halting attempts to fly and the search for a mate, to the enduring threat posed by errant drivers and fishing lines and eventual tragedy.
Lively and full of humor, “OC Honkers” is perfect for nature enthusiasts, outdoors types and animal lovers and anyone who loves a good story of friendship taking flight.
“OC Honkers” is now available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and the online bookstore of Outskirts Press, at outskirtspress.com/store.php.
Format: 6x9 paperback Pages: 216
SRP: US$12.95/CAN$16.95 Genre: Wildlife
About the Author: Douglas Elliott is a former pharmacist who operates three recreational fishing lakes in California’s Orange and Riverside counties. His business, complete with acres open water, gave Elliott the opportunity to start a four-year study of the ways of the Canada goose and a friendship with dozens of the breathtaking birds. A dedicated outdoors enthusiast, Elliott lives in Anaheim, Calif., with his wife Pat.
Author Contact: Visit him on the Web at www.outskirtspress.com/Douglas-Elliott
About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at www.outskirtspress.com and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.
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