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A field guide to the raptors of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa
Clark, William S., 1937-
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 371 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm

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QL696.F3 C625 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Birds of prey are among the most imposing and spectacular birds to be found in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. In this thorough new identification guide, author Bill Clark presents the latest information on tried and tested field marks for the diurnal raptors, both perched and in flight. Many of these field marks are the result of his own extensive experience in classifying raptors, and most have never before been published. Clark has been observing, studying, writing about, and photographing raptors for over thirty years. And his passion for birds of prey has taken him around the world, making him uniquely qualified to write this book.
He presents a forty-page color photograph section in addition to detailed facts about each bird, providing the essential clues to identification. These include plumage descriptions for each age, sex, and color change as well as descriptions of flight, molt, behavior, and distribution for every species. With forty-eight stunning color plates especially painted for this volume, it depicts all the plumage for every raptor found in the Western Palearctic region, both regularly occurring and vagrant. Also contained in this guide are useful sections on similar species and how to distinguish them, and each account concludes with the range of measurements for length, wing span, and weight. This guide is essential for all ornithologists or any birdwatcher who wants to accurately identify the region's raptors.

Author Notes

Bill Clark is a photographer, author, and lecturer, and has amassed over 30 years of experience of working with birds of prey. He has studied, observed, and photographed raptors throughout the world, and in Europe and Israel in particular. He leads raptor tours and workshops worldwide, teaches evening and weekend courses on raptor field identification and biology, and frequently presents lectures on raptor subjects. An experienced writer, he has authored and co-authored several field guides to raptors. N. John Schmitt is a well-known US bird artist who specializes in illustrating birds of prey. He has considerable experience of illustrating for field guides.

Table of Contents

List of colour plates
List of colour photographs
Photo credits
Anatomy and plumage of a raptor Glossary
Introduction Family and species descriptions Ospreys, Pandionidae Kites
Accipitridae Sea and Fishing Eagles, genus Haliaeetus Vultures
Accipiridae Snake Eagles, genera Circaetus and Terathopius Harriers, genus
Circus Chanting Goshawks, genus Melierax Hawks, genus
Accipiter Buzzards, genus Buteo Booted Eagles, genera
Aquila and Hieraaetus Falcons, genus Falco, family Falconidae
Appendix: Colour photographs of raptors