Equinox : Life, Love, and Birds of Prey, Paperback / softback Book

Equinox : Life, Love, and Birds of Prey Paperback / softback


The South Dakota winter gives a man time to think. One subzero morning, as Dan O'Brien approaches his fiftieth year, the autumnal equinox of his life, he takes stock.

Feeling a waning sense of purpose, he decides to devote himself entirely, for the first time in his life, to his greatest loves-falconry, his bird dogs, and the prairie he calls home.

That summer he obtains a remarkable falcon chick who immediately distinguishes herself by her ferocity.

He names the bird Harley and trains her in the ways of falconry.

Harley's powers of flight are awe-inspiring, her hunting success astounding, and like a lover, she captivates him.

O'Brien hunts with her obsessively, reveling in her prowess and beauty.

What he learns from her and from what happens one wind-driven day lead him to see fully things he had only just begun to glimpse.

In this lyrical evocation of the grasslands, Equinox is a story of a life lived close to the natural cycles of the earth and of a midlife revelation of the importance of staying connected to all things held dear.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 232 pages, 6 illustrations, 1 glossary
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780803234598



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