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Ornithology - Avian Science

  • Remarkable Birds
    Remarkable Birds by Mark Avery

    We share the Earth with more than 10,000 species of birds and we have always been enchanted by them. Here, over 60 birds, organized thematically into eight sections, cover all aspects of our relationship with birds. For anyone interested in the natural world and the wonderful variety of birds around us, this beautifully illustrated book is a visual treat that will inspire, inform and delight.

    Hardback £24.95 Buy Now
  • Guests of Summer: A House Martin Love Story
    Guests of Summer: A House Martin Love… by Theunis Piersma

    Guests of Summer tells the story of the House Martins of a small Dutch village, and the historic and contemporary connectedness of lives, both of birds and people. The journey begins from the comfort of a chair in Piersma's garden. Intrigued by the martins nesting on his house and the other swallow-like birds in the village, he begins to explore what it is like to be a House Martin. In doing this, Piersma weaves a tapestry that connects Anglo-Saxon migrations, Shakespeare's writings, political upheaval in the Congo, climate change and the big and frightening downsides of ongoing agricultural intensification. He does this using our aerial insectivores, the martins, swallows and swifts, as the most inspiring of canaries in the global coal mine

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs: How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their Behaviour
    Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs: How the… by Roger J Lederer

    When we see a bird flying from branch to branch happily chirping, it is easy to imagine they lead a simple life of freedom, flight, and feathers. What we don't see is the arduous, life-threatening challenges they face at every moment. In Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs ornithologist Roger Lederer guides the reader through the myriad, and often almost miraculous, things that birds do every day to merely stay alive.

    Hardback £15.00 Buy Now
  • Identification of European Non-Passerines: A BTO Field Guide
    Identification of European… by Kevin Baker

    This major guide improves on the original by now comprehensively covering 155 species, with descriptions of ageing and sexing methods, moult, biometrics and racial differences. It complements Lars Svensson's Identification Guide to European Passerines, and is an invaluable reference for Bird Ringers, keen birders and feather enthusiasts, alike.

    Paperback £14.99 Buy Now
  • The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2017
    The Birdwatcher's Yearbook 2017 -

    The Birdwatcher's Yearbook has been the essential work of reference for British birdwatchers since first published in 1981. Whatever you need to know, you'll find it in The Yearbook.

    Paperback £17.00 Buy Now
  • RSPB Spotlight: Kingfishers
    RSPB Spotlight: Kingfishers by David Chandler

    Usually observed as a flash of blue and orange from a riverbank, most people are aware of Kingfishers, but few of us are familiar with the intricacies of their day-to-day lives. With their long, dagger-like bills, bright blue plumage and characteristic fast, low flight over water, Common Kingfishers are instantly recognisable. The 90 or so species that belong to this colourful family have a cosmopolitan distribution and, in RSPB Spotlight: Kingfishers, David Chandler celebrates their remarkable existence, studying their unique adaptations and their courtship, breeding and feeding habits. He also investigates historical threats to Kingfishers, considers their future, and offers practical advice on how to find and see these glorious birds.

    Paperback £9.99 Buy Now
  • A Fieldworker's Guide to the Golden Eagle
    A Fieldworker's Guide to the Golden Eagle by Dave Walker

    A Fieldworker's Guide to the Golden Eagle objectively reviews all aspects of Golden Eagle ecology, taking examples from many different locations and from sitespecific studies in Scotland to compare and contrast the reliability and relevance of the evidence, highlighting the differences between casual and intensive fieldwork. It reviews all the elements of Golden Eagle ecology, from the species status, through the activities and roles of eagles of different gender, age and status, via territories, food and breeding, to habitat preferences, usage and even the influence of weather and observer activity on behaviour and observations.

    Paperback £19.99 Buy Now
  • Songs of Love & War: The Dark Heart of Bird Behaviour
    Songs of Love & War: The Dark Heart of… by Dominic Couzens

    The dawn chorus: a single voice cutting through the darkness heralds a breaking wave of sound at the very beginning of the day. It is an iconic natural phenomenon with many familiar performers, yet it is a mysterious event for which there is no complete explanation. A mass of starlings gathers at the end of a midwinter day. As the sun sets, wave upon wave of bodies rolls in, embarking upon another of nature's great attempts to show off. The murmuration is another much admired spectacle, but again its purpose is obscure and defies our understanding. From dawn until dusk, birds do things that that are surprising and mystifying. Songs of Love & War delves into bird behaviour and uncovers its purpose and meaning. More than just an inside look at how songbirds behave, this book also represents a personal journey of discovery. What starts as a desire to learn more about the birds encountered on a regular father-and-son walk through the woods leads to a realisation that a bird's life is very far from the idyllic scene that can often be glimpsed by the casual birdwatcher. A bird's life is often unusual and surprising but above all it is brief and much darker than you might think.

    PAPERBACK £16.99 Buy Now
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