Book reviews

Gulls 

Book reviews // 10.07.2019

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As might be expected, this book is a brick of information about the resident gulls of Britain and Ireland. It starts with an ‘Overview of Gulls’ covering such topics as taxonomy and various aspects of their life-history strategies. This overview is pretty comprehensive, and with larger type and more photos could easily have been published stand-alone…

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At 1,004 pages, this book is a monster! It is effectively a comprehensive textbook of ornithology…

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One of the world’s largest eagles, with the world’s largest eagle beak, the spectacular Steller’s Sea Eagle is on many birdwatchers’ bucket list. For those yet to track it down, this book will further whet the appetite…

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Over four years, more than 2,000 volunteers mapped the bird populations of Switzerland and Liechtenstein and the culmination of their work is published in this comprehensive country atlas…

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This is not a traditional monograph, but rather an affectionate account of the life and times of our most common bird, the Wren…

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This is a rather unusual book about the tracking of animal movements, not just birds but other animals too. It is the product of a geographer and a skilled designer, but both have a fascination for wildlife…

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For a shorebird enthusiast there can be few more intriguing species-pairs than the Common Sandpiper and the closely related American Spotted Sandpiper…

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With competitively priced direct flights from the UK to Cagliari in the south of Sardinia and Alghero in the northwest, there has never been a better time to consider this Italian island for a birding holiday…

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There are around 380 species of parrot and this book features 126 of them, mostly photographed by the author…

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This book is a nice idea – recordings of 70 species that, just as the title says, represent the world’s best bird songs. The word ‘best’ is used in a very broad sense and, whilst the book contains some of the expected ‘best songsters’ – species such as Common Nightingale and Eurasian Skylark…

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