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Top 100 Birding Sites of the World

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King penguins in Antarctica, cassowaries in Queensland, cocks-of-the rock in Peru. This gorgeous book describes the one hundred best bird-watching sites on the planet.
Introductory sections give an overview of each continent or region, and then each site is listed and ranked on a country-by-country basis. The entries all include a full description, a list of key species, a map, and information on the best time of year to visit. Lavish color photographs capture rare and elusive ...

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Overview

King penguins in Antarctica, cassowaries in Queensland, cocks-of-the rock in Peru. This gorgeous book describes the one hundred best bird-watching sites on the planet.
Introductory sections give an overview of each continent or region, and then each site is listed and ranked on a country-by-country basis. The entries all include a full description, a list of key species, a map, and information on the best time of year to visit. Lavish color photographs capture rare and elusive species as well as some of the world's best avian spectacles, such as the snow goose blizzard at Bosque del Apache and the flocks of lesser flamingos on Africa's Rift Valley lakes. Many birding sites are included for their unique avifauna, endemics, and oddities—the Seychelles, Andasibe in Madagascar, Taveuni in Fiji, and the Alakai wilderness in Hawaii, among others. With its truly global coverage—of the huge flocks of wintering geese in Britain and the United States, the cranes in both Japan and France, the "river of raptors" passage at Veracruz in Mexico, and much more—this book will inform and inspire anyone who plans to visit, or who dreams of visiting, these extraordinary locations.

Copub: New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd.

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Editorial Reviews

Roanoke Times
“There is real reading here. . . . Loaded with information about the places it visits.”
Booklist
“”For pre-trip planning (and excitement building) and post-trip remembrance. . . Gorgeous color photographs.”
Birder's World
“Flipping through the pages, packed with superb photos of great birds, we can’t argue with his selections.”
Terrain Magazine
“A dream of a book, gorgeous to look at, with quick vivid descriptions of incredible places.”
Library Journal

Spectacular color photographs and an authoritative text are the outstanding virtues of this oversized (11" × 13") coffee-table book. One can always quibble, especially concerning omissions, with a volume that states unequivocally and presumptuously that these 100 sites (Antarctica, Africa's Rift Valley, Madagascar, Queensland, etc.) are the best for birding; Russia and Canada are each represented by only two sites. Couzens, a British writer (Collins Birds; Extreme Birds) and birding leader, goes further out on a limb by ranking them. But few readers will deny that a visit to any of the listed sites is worthwhile. The interesting text is uninterrupted, but for each area there are a very generalized map, several photos, and a box listing habitat, key species, and best times of the year to visit. This volume could have been much improved with a detailed map of each site and the inclusion of references, relevant web sites, etc., in the site description pages, instead of being squirreled away. The bibliography is minimalist with an emphasis on clunky expensive handbooks; the index lists only bird species. Despite these flaws, this stimulating, attractive book should stir the wanderlust of anyone interested in nature. Recommended for natural history and birding collections.
—Henry T. Armistead

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520259324
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 938,703
  • Product dimensions: 12.66 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Dominic Couzens is a writer and birding leader based in the United Kingdom. He has written numerous books on birds and wildlife and hundreds of articles in such magazines as BBC Wildlife and Birdwatching. His best-known books are Secret Lives of Garden Birds and Identifying Birds by Behavior.

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