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Wetlands are special places whose complex ecosystems provide homes for rich and varied assemblages of bird inhabitants. Herons, storks, ibises, spoonbills, anhingas, shorebirds and birds of prey all make a living there, each according to their own special needs. Although similar in many ways, the different wetland areas show many peculiarities in their individual habits and ecology, and make for fascinating comparisons and contrasts. Wetlands are also a dwindling part of the world's rich mix of habitats, everywhere endangered by pollution, land drainage and the overuse of water resources for urban and agricultural development. James Hancock's skill as a photographer has found ample scope in documenting the birds he has observed and the splendour of the wetlands in which they live. His appreciation and understanding of the biology and ecology of wetlands and their birds and his concern for the conservation problems facing them inform his lively text. Anecdote and science alike are used to plead for a better understanding of wetlands and the need to conserve them for the future.
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Birding
The photographs are magnificent, and they promote the desire to visit all of the 12 great wedlands described.
Countryside Monthly
The author has admirably succeeded in his purpose, and his own marvellous colour photographs dramatically highlight the important questions of conservation that he considers.
Daily Telegraph
It is a thinking man's book, but equally a thinking young person's book. It is their tomorrow we are playing with.
Earthlife Web
...many people will want to buy this wonderful book. The author's photographs really are superb and a delight to the eye and many will buy the book just to browse the stunning bird images.
Florida Field Naturalist
Thanks, James Hancock, for a fine journey.
North American Bird Bander
More than just a tour, the book describes important historical and ecological features of the sites. The brilliant photographs that adorn its pages are more than a mere portraiture; many images reveal unique features of an avian personality of focus attention on age, seasonal or geographic variation of soft coloration.
San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
The book as a whole is a fervent plea for the preservation of threatened environments and, by extension, of the herons, storks and spoonbills, among others, who live in them.
Wildfowl and Wetlands
A personal account of James Hancock's travel experiences in twelve of the worlds key wetlands, from Iceland to India. It is heavily illustrated with photographs of the important wetland bird species. A fine resource for the traveller with a conscience and a keen interest in these habitats—inspiring and informative.
Booknews
Documents birds living in wetlands around the world and explains wetlands' importance as habitat for the birds. The author has been involved in wildlife and conservation projects for some 50 years, and his appreciation and understanding of the biology and ecology of wetlands and their birds and his concern for the conservation problems facing them inform his lively text. Includes color photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123227270
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Series: Academic Press Natural World Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Acknowledgements
1 North America: The Florida Everglades 1
2 South America: Northern Argentina 19
3 Africa: The Tana River, Kenya 33
4 India: Bharatpur 47
5 India: Gujarat 65
6 India: Along the Brahmaputra River 81
7 China: The Zhalong Reserve, Heilanchiang Province 91
8 Japan: The Shinhama Reserve, Chiba, Tokyo 103
9 Indonesia: Pulau Dua 113
10 Australia: Darwin and the South Alligator River 125
11 Spain: The Coto Danana, Spain 139
12 Iceland: Lake Myvatn 155
Further reading 167
Index 171
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