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Falcons

Book reviews // 05.08.2017

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A new New Naturalist volume involving birds is almost always a joy and this book is no exception…

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As the title implies, this is a detailed account of one man’s dedication to his local patch in Cornwall…

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Eastern Poland has attracted many birders from the UK over the last two decades, tempted by a great selection of birds and relatively cheap accommodation. There are now direct flights to Warsaw from 13 UK airports, so getting there is straightforward as well. This is the nearest airport to the main birding sites featured here; the distance of around 120 km can be covered by car in three hours…

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This booklet gives a brief and thorough account of the Peregrine Falcons breeding on St Michael and All Angels Church in Exeter, Devon…

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Advances in digital photography and printing technology are continually raising the bar when it comes to wildlife books based on photographs. This new volume is an excellent example, presenting a simply stunning collection of images of the Common Cuckoo and its many hosts…

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For most ringers, there are two guides that live near-permanently within arm’s reach: ‘Svensson’ (Identification Guide to European Passerines, 1992) and ‘Baker’ (Identification Guide to European Non-Passerines, 1993). Both guides have stood the test of time but a lot has changed since they were published…

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The biodiversity of oceanic islands has always attracted interest, especially from an evolutionary point of view. But with the exception of some flagship species, most aspects of natural history remain poorly understood, or accessible only through academic publications. This new book represents one of the best compilations of less well-known elements of the flora and fauna of the Canary Islands…

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One evening in September 1990, scientists from Cambridge University were out looking for nightjars in Ethiopia’s Nechisar National Park. In the road, they found a squashed bird, of which the wing was the only salvageable part. They packed it into a collection bag and, the following morning, had a proper look at it…

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he scope of Devon Bird Atlas 2007–2013, like so many of the current crop of county atlases, differs from the first in that it includes distribution maps for both the breeding season and the winter months. The fieldwork was carried out over six years…

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This tetrad atlas is another that follows on from the publication of Bird Atlas 2007–11. It is the second atlas for the county; the Fife Bird Atlas (see Brit. Birds 97: 203), covering 1991–99, was the first atlas to record distributions in the breeding season and also year-round…

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