In this extraordinary narrative, Alan Tennant recounts his
all-out effort to radio-track the transcontinental migration of the peregrine
falcon—an investigation no one before him had ever taken to such lengths.
On the Wing
transports us from the windswept flats of the Texas barrier islands—where the
tundra falcons pause during their springtime journey north—to the Arctic, and
then south, through Mexico, Belize, and into the Caribbean, in a hilariously
picaresque and bumpy flight. At the helm is Tennant's partner in
falcon-chasing, George Vose, a septuagenarian World War II vet who trusts his
instincts as much as his instruments. As the two men nearly lose their lives
and run afoul of the law in the race to keep their birds in view and their
rattletrap Cessna gassed up and running, Tennant renders with gorgeous
precision and skill the landscape and wildlife they pass on the way and the falcons
that direct their course.
On the Wing is a
breathtaking encounter with these majestic birds—the icons of pharaohs,
Oriental emperors, and European nobility—whose fierce mien, power, and
swiftness have fired the human imagination for centuries. This is an
unforgettable tale that speaks to all our dreams of flight. Download and start listening now!