With a foreword from Chris Packham, this collection of images from the Bird Photographer of the Year competition is set to reflect avian beauty and variety, as well as the increasingly vivid standard of digital imaging in wildlife photography. Published to coincide with the British Bird Fair 2018.
´´A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer´s world and its treacherous swamps.´´ --Los Angeles Times Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author: ´´Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he´d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother´s shoulder, and said, ´Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.´´´
The year is 1667. Sir Francis Courteney and his son Hal are on patrol in their fighting caravel off the Agulhas Cape of Southern Africa. They are lying in wait for one of the treasure-laden galleons of the Dutch East India Company returning from the Orient. So begins a quest for adventure and the spoils of war that sweeps them from the settlement of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa to the Great Horn of Ethiopia far to the north--at a time when international maritime law permitted acts of piracy, rape, and murder otherwise punishable by death. Martin´s Press. Am Kap der guten Hoffnung, im Jahre 1667: Vor der afrikanischen Küste tobt ein unmenschlicher Seekrieg zwischen England und den Niederlanden. Der britische Kapitän Sir Francis Courtney und sein fünfzehnjähriger Sohn Hal kapern mit ihrer Mannschaft ein holländisches Schiff. Sie erbeuten kostbares Gut - Gewürze, Stoffe, Gold - und nehmen die Besatzung gefangen. Um den Kriegsgegner unter Druck zu setzen, schicken sie den holländischen Offizier Schreuder mit einer Lösegeldforderung nach Hause. Während Courtney auf die Rückkehr Schreuders wartet, versteckt er die Beute an einem sicheren Ort. Kurz darauf taucht Courtneys Freund und Landsmann ´Bussard´ auf. Als dieser einen Teil der Beute fordert, geraten beide in einen Streit. Da kommt der zurückgekehrte Schreuder gerade recht: Kurzerhand verbündet sich ´Bussard´ mit dem rachsüchtigen Holländer, und gemeinsam überwältigen sie Courtney und seine Leute. In einem unfairen Prozess wird Courtney schließlich der Piraterie bezichtigt und z um Tode verurteilt. Der junge Hal schwört für den Mord an seinem Vater ewige Rache. Mit Hilfe der javanischen Prinzessin Sukeena gelingt es ihm, seinen Peinigern zu entkommen. Doch das junge Glück der beiden wird vom Schicksal noch einmal hart auf die Probe gestellt...
This book covers central aspects of behavioral ecology, including sexual selection, social and genetic mating systems, cooperative breeding, brood parasitism, brood reduction, migration, personalities and communication. Over the past several years, Neotropical bird species from temperate to tropical latitudes of South America have been extensively studied, yielding valuable insights into the evolutionary mechanisms that drive their behavioral traits. In this book, international experts provide a general overview of main behavioral aspects. They also present the main findings of their work, including experimental approaches to testing the most accepted behavioral theory in their model systems. In closing, they propose new theoretical frameworks and future research directions. As such, the book provides a comprehensive and updated guide for all researchers, students and professionals whose work involves the study and management of birds across the Neotropical region.
Britain´s Birds will be enjoyed and valued by everyone, from beginner to experienced birder. One of the most comprehensive, up-to-date and practical bird books of modern times, it features an unrivalled selection of photographs showing all the plumages you are likely to see. Focusing on identification, and containing maps, facts and figures on numbers and distributions, this breakthrough publication was devised by a team of lifelong birdwatchers, all with many years´ experience of showing people birds and producing user-friendly field guides.
China is one of the largest countries in the world, covering 7% of the earth´s land surface, and encompassing a hugely diverse range of habitats. As a result it boasts a rich and diverse avifauna, including some of the most spectacular and fascinating birds to be found anywhere in the world. John MacKinnon and Karen Phillipps´ important new guide will be the first truly comprehensive, taxonomically modern, and fully illustrated field guide to the birds of China. Over 1300 bird species are illustrated in 128 original colour paintings, by Karen Phillipps and Dave Showler. The species accounts stress the key points for field recognition and give a full description of the plumage, voice, range, distribution, status, and behavioural characteristics for every bird, with additional descriptions provided for hundreds of subspecies. Colour distribution maps are provided for all illustrated species. The book also includes a useful introductory section that presents a background to the ecology of China, a brief history of Chinese ornithology, and plenty of practical hints on birdwatching in China. The guide´s portable format means it will fit easily into a backpack or pocket. John MacKinnon lived in China and Hong Kong for eight years, and has extensive experience of watching and writing about Chinese birds. He has been working in ecology and conservation in Asia for over 30 years, and his work in China included co-authoring the master plan to save the Giant Panda and its habitat. He has written and co-authored many books on the natural history of Asia, including a number of other bird guides. Karen Phillipps was born in Borneo, lived in Hong Kong for over 20 years, and has illustrated several other books on the birdlife of the region.