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Sparrowhawk's Lament

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Britain is home to fifteen species of breeding birds of prey, from the hedgerow-hopping Sparrowhawk to the breathtaking White-tail... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

Britain is home to fifteen species of breeding birds of prey, from the hedgerow-hopping Sparrowhawk to the breathtaking White-tailed Eagle. In this handsomely illustrated book, acclaimed British filmmaker and naturalist David Cobham offers unique and deeply personal insights into Britains birds of prey and how they are faring today. He delves into the history of these marvelous birds and talks in depth with the scientists and conservationists who are striving to safeguard them. In doing so, he profiles the writers, poets, and filmmakers who have done so much to change the publics perception of birds of prey. Thanks to popular television programs, the Victorian myth that any bird with a hooked beak is evil has been dispelled. However, although there are success stories--five birds of prey that were extinct have become reestablished with viable populations--persecution is still rife: so much so that one bird of prey, the Hen Harrier, became extinct in England as a breeding bird in 2013.Featuring drawings by famed wildlife artist Bruce Pearson, this book reveals why we must cherish and celebrate our birds of prey, and why we neglect them at our peril. In A Sparrowhawks Lament, you will learn how the perfection of the double-barreled shotgun sounded a death knell for British birds of prey in the nineteenth century, how the conscription of gamekeepers during two world wars gave them a temporary reprieve, how their fortunes changed yet again with the introduction of agricultural pesticides in the 1950s, why birds of prey are vital to Britains ecosystems and cultural heritage and much more.

Autorentext

David Cobham with Bruce Pearson With a foreword by Chris Packham



Inhalt

Foreword 5
Introduction 6
The Sparrowhawk 9
The Osprey 26
The Honey Buzzard 42
The Red Kite 59
The White-tailed Eagle 77
The Marsh Harrier 95
The Hen Harrier 112
The Montagu's Harrier 131
The Goshawk 148
The Common Buzzard 165
The Golden Eagle 183
The Kestrel 203
The Merlin 218
The Hobby 237
The Peregrine Falcon 253
Conclusion 269
Further reading 270
Acknowledgements 271

Produktinformationen

Titel: Sparrowhawk's Lament
Untertitel: How British Breeding Birds of Prey Are Faring
Autor:
EAN: 9781400850211
ISBN: 978-1-4008-5021-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Princeton University Press
Genre: Diverses
Anzahl Seiten: 256
Veröffentlichung: 06.07.2014
Jahr: 2014
Untertitel: Englisch
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