RAP­TORS IN FO­CUS

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Dick Fors­man New Hol­land, HB, £19.99, BW Book­shop £17.99

Subti­tled ‘A Quest To Find Birds Of Prey In Europe and Be­yond’, this book col­lects more than 150 su­perb im­ages of the rap­tors of the Western Palearc­tic, with the world’s fore­most rap­tor ex­pert, Dick Fors­man, pro­vid­ing a com­men­tary on the species in ques­tion. As well as vi­tal ID hints, in­clud­ing a sec­tion on hy­brids (which may well be more com­mon than pre­vi­ously sup­posed), and in­for­ma­tion on mi­gra­tion and fly­ways, breed­ing be­hav­iour, and hunt­ing. There’s plenty to sur­prise, such as the photo of an Eastern Im­pe­rial Ea­gle feed­ing on a young Steppe Ea­gle, watched by a pre­sum­ably wor­ried group of sim­i­larly young Steppe Ea­gles! Packed with in­for­ma­tion, it’s also just a very good-look­ing book that you can en­joy brows­ing at ran­dom – I defy you not to be in­spired to get out and start look­ing for rap­tors.

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