on 4 December 2010
Without a doubt the best book I have ever read on Birds of Prey. Each species is treated individually and the book charts the decline, hazzards they have faced and re-introduction or conservation.
Usually I would skim over a lot of the text but found this book to be so interesting I read every word.
The author has a way of pulling you in to a greater understanding of these magnificent birds and the photographs are amazing
A wonderful book and thoroughly recommended
on 23 November 2010
In my view, this is THE definitive book of British raptors. It begins with an insight of the raptor population over the last few centuries, in particular, persecution, and goes on to describe the reintroduction of the different species. Then there is an incredibly detailed account of every resident raptor in the British Isles, depicted throughout by absolutely stunning photographs by acclaimed wildlife photographer Stig Frode Olsen.
If you are into British raptors, BUY THIS BOOK! It's the only one you'll ever need. Stunning.
on 2 February 2011
To be Honest, the purchase of this book was a mistake, i was after a Raptor ID guide. Had even started getting ready for the books retunr to Amazon before i had received it. However, this book is not going back any where, a superbly wrtitten & illustrated book with a wealth of information, that although not strictly an ID guide will help in a lot more ways than the norm.
I would strongly recomend this book to any birder looking for more detail on raptors and extra help that you wont get in any guides.
on 17 March 2011
Stunning photos are a highlight of this "coffee table" style book written in a user-friendly style without too much jargon. Starting from their infamous nineteenth century persecution and then post second world war poisoning via agrochemicals the progress of raptors in the past half century is reviewed. There are chapters on each species breeding in Britain including owls plus notes on rare visitors (to which category snowy owls are now reduced) and vagrants. The diet, favoured habitat, mating, current population and U.K. distribution of each is outlined without becoming bogged down in the biological detail of, say, Leslie Brown's 1976 classic. Marianne Taylor is sufficiently up to date to both discuss the recent collapse of kestrel numbers and comment on the eagle owl controversy. Unfortunately no sooner had the book gone to press than Manchester's city centre peregrines decided that the skyscraper Co-op building was a more "des res" than that named in the book! This volume would be a brilliant birthday, anniversary or Christmas present for anyone, and especially at the Amazon price.