Bwana N'Dege (Mr. Bird Man) tells enchanting tales of the fantastically varied fauna (and a few colorful human characters) he encountered at the outposts of Empire in East Africa, including a kestrel named Cressida, a dog named Rupert, an Ohebi fawn named Swara, a fiscal shrike named Dingaan, an eyass buzzard named Audax, a baboon named Sally, a giant chameleon named Sid. . . . Summers, a born naturalist, leads the ideal life as a locust hunter out of Nairobi -- ""no one to tell us what to do or where to go, and all around us was the great pulsating heart of Africa untamed, unexploited. . . ."" If this is your cup of Very British tea, you'll be warmed and misty.