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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating & scholarly, 27 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Urban Peregrines (Pelagic Monographs) (Hardcover)
While much of the news about wildlife is almost unbearably depressing there are occasional uplifting recoveries by endangered species and the appearance in recent years of peregrine falcons in many of our towns and cities is one of the most joyous of them all.
Persecuted by gamekeepers for centuries these stunningly beautiful birds were driven to the brink of extinction in the 1960s and 70s by DDT. When i was growing up they were rare birds which would have required a trip of tens, perhaps hundreds of miles to spot. Even twenty years ago seeing them was special treat and it would have seemed unthinkable that they would be a regular part of urban life. but today there are peregrines nesting and breeding in many towns and cities.
This book is full of information about how the top predators of the skies who survive by catching other birds in flight have managed to adapt to living alongside man and thrive in cities. It's full of detail - perhaps too technical for the absolute beginner of young children - but indispensable for anyone who has an interest in these glorious birds. And lots of lovely photos too.
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