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Herons and egrets of the world : a photographic journey
Hancock, James.
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Academic Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
208 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Errata slip inserted.
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QL696.C52 H359 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this book, the only complete review of the world's herons currently in print, James Hancock distills his knowledge into a concise review of all 47 species and recognized subspecies. The text comprises a thumbnail sketch, including descriptions of the appearance, distribution, conservation status, feeding, and breeding ecology of each species. Over 150 wonderful color photographs, most by the author, show all the recognizable forms of each species, illustrating the variety and beauty of these birds. As a valuable reference and a fine photo collection, this book will find a place on the shelves of bird lovers everywhere.

Author Notes

James Hancock is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.

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Choice Review

British photographer and amateur ornithologist Hancock has spent the better part of his life watching herons and egrets. In this volume, he has compiled many of his own outstanding photographs with short descriptions of key characteristics of 47 species (and subspecies) life histories and created a specialty field guide for this group of large wading birds. Hancock's book consists primarily of individual species accounts for herons and egrets. Each species account contains a map of breeding distribution, one or more color photographs of the bird along with text sections on identification, distribution, status and habitat conservation, feeding, and breeding. The text is brief and the photographic quality excellent, with photographs of many of the species-level plumage variations found within this group. This book would be an excellent complement to broader field guides, especially for people living near or in zones with high heron diversity, such as coastal, tropical, and subtropical areas. All levels. D. Flaspohler; Michigan Technological University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Classificationp. 8
Herons and Egret species and sub-speciesp. 11
Hybridisationp. 17
Species Accountsp. 18
Individual Accountsp. 21
Picture Creditsp. 205
Indexp. 206