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Peregrine Falcon [Hardcover]

Patrick Stirling-Aird
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1 May 2012
Reaching speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, the Peregrine Falcon is famous as the worlds fastest bird. However, its penchant for choosing inaccessible places to breed, feed and roost mean that few people are well acquainted with its habits and behaviour. This book offers a window into that rarely seen world, thanks to a combination of high quality images and beautifully written text, with chapters on subjects such as hunting, raising young and how populations around the world have rallied against the threat of extinction and are now prospering once again. The birds are further brought to life through a series of personal anecdotes from the author and photographers, which are woven into the text. The book is part of a series that also includes the titles Barn Owl and Kingfisher.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847737692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847737694
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Stirling-Aird has studied Peregrine Falcons for more than 25 years. He is Secretary of the Scottish Raptor Study Groups and is an advisor to the British and Scottish governments on the conservation of the species. He lives in Dunblane, Perthshire.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but Fascinating 22 Dec 2012
By H. A. Weedon VINE VOICE
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This work is divided into nine chapters: 1 - The Falcon Family. 2 - Introducing the Peregrine Falcon. 3 - Peregrine Populations and Distribution. 4 - Homes and Meals. 5 - Breeding Cycle. 6 - Neighbours, Enemies and Friends. 7 - Peregrines and Humans. 8 - Future Threats and Opportunities. 9 - Peregrine Watching. There's also a preface, a bibliography and an index. There are numerous superb colour photographs, some of them depicting peregrines in flight and in pursuit of prey. However, the book lacks both family trees and distribution maps.

The reader will learn a great deal about peregrines from reading this book, which also deals with past, present and future threats to its survival and how these were and can be overcome. More and more peregrines are nesting on tall buildings in cities in different parts of the world including London, Norwich and New York. The various sub species of peregrine are found through all continents except Antarctica. Although these sub species are listed on p. 38, a wonderful opportunity is missed by failing to show their relationships by means of a family tree.

It's unfortunate that, on p. 12, the author begins the second paragraph with the words: 'We start with the dry but necessary subject of scientific classification...' My own experience suggests that quite a number of people find relationships anything but dry. Just as many people are interested in mapping out their family tree, many are also interested in how animals and plants evolved and their relationship with each other. The book would benefit greatly from a stronger first chapter including a family tree diagram illustrating what is known about the evolution of falcons in general and the peregrine in particular.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peregrine 9 Nov 2012
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For me, the Peregrine Falcon is one of a small group of special birds that I vividly remember seeing for the first time, and I believe it holds a similar significance for most birders around the world. This is a truly global species, being on the checklists of more than 200 countries and thankfully making a comeback from decline in many of them.

This is the third in a series of well-illustrated short monographs that aim to give the reader an overview of the subject without getting bogged down in the detail, and previous subjects have been the Kingfisher and Barn Owl. Patrick Stirling-Aird has studied birds of prey in Scotland for over 25 years, and is Secretary of the Scottish Raptor Study Group.

The first chapter deals somewhat unnecessarily with the Falconiformes as a group and the genus Falco in particular. Thankfully much of this information does relate quite well to Peregrine Falcons but I'd suggest the publisher rethinks the need for this in future volumes.

The author recognises 19 races of the species, choosing to lump Barbary Falcon, although almost everyone (except HBW) splits it as a full species. There are eight chapters describing aspects of the Peregrine's life. Distribution is described in some detail for Europe and North America, where the species has increased greatly since the 1970s. Indeed Peregrines now have "Green" status in the UK and are nesting in very public places while in the USA a reintroduction programme has had impressive results.

The two longest chapters cover feeding and the breeding cycle. Food items from across the species' range are discussed and compared - with 137 different bird species having been taken in Britain. These actually include other Peregrines in a small number of cases!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bird of Prey 2 Jan 2014
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This book was a Christmas present for a 7 year old boy who is mad about birds of prey. It is still on the to read list!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 31 Jan 2013
By derrick
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this is a great read if your into your falcons from the first time i opened the cover i couldnt put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for educators! 23 Oct 2012
By Raptor Wrangler - Published on Amazon.com
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I've just begun to explore this book but am already amazed! The author provides fantastic information that is well written and easy for everyone to follow.

As the director of a raptor education organization, I'm always looking for books with great "quick facts" I can use to get audiences of all ages excited about raptors. This book definitely has them!

Definitely a book worth checking out if you work with falcons or simply have an interest in them.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Grandson Loves It! 11 Feb 2014
By J. A., Church - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for our 10-year-old grandson. When it arrived I was afraid it would be way over his head. He had developed a real fascination with Peregrine Falcons and talked about them all the time so I hoped the book would continue to foster that interest. He grabbed onto that book and doesn't let go and continues to tell us new facts about these birds as he discovers them. It is probably for someone older than 10, but I'm happy to see our grandson rise to the occasion and grasp the information he can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning 17 Jan 2014
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These birds are so fascinating - the phorography and contents are delightful - very informative and beautiful to look through
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peregrine Falcon by Patrick Stirling-Aird 8 Nov 2012
By Hilary Mallela - Published on Amazon.com
I came upon this book by accident and it is exactly what I was looking for. Not too scientific, not too long and not too heavy to carry around. Reasonably priced at 14.99.This is such a well written, easy to read book. The information is easy to assimilate and is scientific enough to satisfy just about everyone. The many photographs are beautiful and well chosen. I have learnt such a lot from reading this book.The book is now on my coffee table where visitors are encouraged to have a look. This would make a great Christmas present!
5.0 out of 5 stars Peregrine Falcon review 6 Oct 2013
By Sue Healey - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was purchased for my adult son for his birthday. He has an amazing knowledge and love for this bird. The book was very much appreciated
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