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Albatrosses [Hardcover]

W. L. N. Tickell
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Sep 2000
Albatrosses are long-lived, oceanic seabirds which have long held a special affection amongst those who travel the oceans. They are famed for their long-distance migrations and supreme adaptation to the marine environment, with some species spending their entire lives at sea and only returning to land to breed. This is the first comparative account of the albatrosses based on a comprehensive review of their natural history, oceanography. Island geography and recent scientific research. This book thoroughly explores all aspects of albatross biology, distribution and behaviour, as well as such topics as identification and taxonomy. Traditionally, the family has comprised 13 species in two genera, but more recently it has been proposed that 24 species in four genera should be recognised; most species inhabit the southern oceans. The author looks at each taxon, arranging them in various groups for convenience. The authoritative text is accompanied by numerous photographs, diagrams and maps.
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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2000 First Edition edition (Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300087411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300087413
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 19.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 810,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After graduating in zoology and botany from Bangor University, Lance Tickell joined the British Antarctic Survey and spent two and a half years in the South Orkney Islands. A study of the Dove Prion formed the basis of an M.Sc. dissertation at the Edward Grey Institute in Oxford under David Lack, and research on albatrosses in South Georgia over the next six years gained him a Ph.D. His subsequent career included working for the Nature Conservancy in Shetland and Orkney, as a lecturer in various African universities, and as a producer of natural history television in Bristol. Whilst working for the BBC, he directed a documentary about albatrosses, Marathon Birds, and was one of the producers of the acclaimed series Life in the Freezer. Throughout his career, he has retained a passion for albatrosses and has undertaken research on every species at various times. He began writing this book in 1984 while lecturing at the University of Bradford. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars birds 13 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover
This excellent book from the Yale University Press deals with the 13 species and 2 genera currently recognised but yhis may increase to 24 species in 4 genera depending on DNA analysis.
Following an introduction the book is in 5 parts-southern,tropical and northern albatrosses,comparative biology and victims and verses.
For each species the following is given-forms,distribution,breeding,biology moults,flights,behaviour and ecology.
There is a review of conservation.
Very well written and researched but some of the pictures could have been much better.
No doubt the definative statement on albatrosses will be forthcoming in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have For Seabird Nerds 22 Jan 2013
By D. Rapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm a seabird biologist and if your interested in Albatrosses this is a must have. This text is full of awesome information that is useful for researchers and those just wanting to know more about the worlds Albatrosses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Guidebook 27 Jan 2013
By Spinningwheel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For the seriously interested amateur this is a great guide to all albatross species, their way of life and their current conservation status.
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