FLIGHT IDEN­TI­FI­CA­TION OF RAP­TORS OF EUROPE, NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Bird Watching (UK) - - Books - Dick Fors­man

Blooms­bury, 2016, BW Book­shop price £38.99, but only if you quote BW095

This is a mon­ster of a book for bird of prey lovers, with 1,100 pic­tures of rap­tors in flight. Sixty species are cov­ered, and most of the pic­tures are close-up in blue skies. That might not be how you’d see them here in the UK, but with more and more species mak­ing it across the English Chan­nel, you never know what will turn up next. A full range of plumages is cov­ered, from ju­ve­nile through to adult, as well as the many ‘morphs’ of species such as Buz­zard or Booted Ea­gle. Some pic­tures even have the word ‘prob­a­ble’ against them, show­ing how dif­fi­cult a sub­ject this is, and giv­ing all of us an ex­cuse for mak­ing mis­takes! Dick Fors­man shows his great au­thor­ity on this sub­ject in the de­tailed text, and a small quib­ble is that I would have loved to see more pic­tures of the mixed birds, of­ten on mi­gra­tion, which I have ob­served in many parts of Europe and the Middle East. With my win­dow fac­ing out into rap­tor coun­try, though, I’m sure the book will never make it into the bookcase, but will be on the win­dowsill ready for ac­tion! John Miles

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