with field assistance by GEORGE EDWARDS. (Faber and Faber, London, 1955). 128 p a g e s ; 32 plates. 18s. Birds Fighting is one of the first bird books to be illustrated mainly with electronic flash photographs. A number of them have already appeared in this and other journals. They depict with g r e a t clarity the postures of aggressive birds when stimulated to action with stuffed models and are of the very high standard we have come to expect from Eric Hosking. While "slow-motion" films of birds in motion are usually satisfying aesthetically, the highspeed photograph, registering as it does much that the eye does not perceive, often seems to give an unnatural effect by "freezing" motion. This effect is increased by the absence, from many of the photographs, of background detail. But it is as scientific records that these pictures should be judged and from this point of view they are admirable, though in some instances the sequence of activities in which these postures were assumed might have been more apparent if a few frames from the cinematograph films had also been reproduced. Although the author of the text modestly remarks that he and his colleagues " h a v e scarcely scratched the suface of our subject" they have turned up a g r e a t deal of interest and it is to the book's credit that it suggests many topics deserving further research. In particular the experiments made with a stuffed Cuckoo
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