Bird Watching (UK)

OWLS OF THE EASTERN ICE JONATHAN C SLAGHT, ALLEN LANE, HB £20

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This is like reading a fictional adventure book, but it is really ‘real life’, based in the Far East of Russia. Blakiston’s Fish Owl may not be a bird you have seen much of, with an estimate of only about 1,000 pairs left alive, but it’s certainly worth saving; and what a read this account of it is!

Jonathan Slaught is an American, but is helped by speaking Russian, and by some dedicated Russian conservati­onists who help him to piece together the territorie­s and habitat requiremen­ts that this bird needs to be protected in the future. What makes the book a real adventure is that they are working in land which also has Amur Tiger and Leopard living there, plus some very interestin­g characters.

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