Rapaci In Volvo: Liguria: Archeologia Probabile. Birds of Prey in Flight: Liguria: a probable archaeology. By Luisella Carretta. (Pirella editore, Genova, 1988. 73 pages. Paperback ITL34,000) This dual-language book (Italian and English) presents the work of Italian artist/ornithologist Luisella Carretta. She has developed a technique of drawing the flight path of an individual bird of prey, represented as a 'vapour trail' viewed from slightly above or from the side, the trail being linked to the ground (or sea) with vertical lines. Five raptors are represented in this way: Buzzard Buteo buteo, Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae, Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos, Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosas and Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus. Most have 11-18 drawings, showing differing aspects of their flight; Marsh Harrier has only two. Together with the captions (relating the relevant information regarding weather conditions, air currents and so on) they make an often fascinating study. In comparison, the main text on each species is rather more run-ofthe-mill, but, nevertheless, accurate and concise. There is then an absorbing section on flight mechanisms, using the author's own observations to illustrate various points, and supplemented by further flight paths of gulls, terns and even a butterfly. This work is very graphic and of real ornithological interest. The publishers have chosen to present it as an art-form. [ALAN HARRIS]  

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