RAPTORS IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM Proceedings of the joint meeting of the Raptor Research Foundation and The World Working Group on Birds of Prey & Owls, Eilat, Israel, 2nd-8th April 2000. Edited by R. Yosef, M. L. Miller & D. Pepler. International Birding and Research Center in Eilat, 2002. 276 pages; many figures and tables; line-drawings. No ISBN. Paperback, £17.50. Since my plans to attend the 2000 World Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls at Eilat were scuppered by other commitments, I was particularly pleased to be able to read these Proceedings. They include all manuscripts and abstracts submitted for the meeting: a total of 109 contributions. These are categorised under the following eight subject headings: General & Techniques; Diet & Foraging; Reproductive Ecology; Migration and Wintering Ecology; Population Status & Ecology; Genetics & Taxonomy; Ecotoxicology & Diseases; and Conflicts & Solutions. Apart from half-a-dozen items on owls, all contributions relate to diurnal birds of prey. They cover raptor species from most parts of the world, but with a certain bias towards the Palearctic. Although the majority are relatively short abstracts, there is still a very good number of longer papers. This publication contains so much of great interest and value that it is perhaps unfair to single out any contributions. Nevertheless, I found both the papers and the abstracts dealing with Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni, which features prominently in these pages, of particular interest; this globally threatened species has declined dramatically throughout its range, and the substantial research

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