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About this book
About this book
This book arose from an international meeting held at Texel in the Netherlands in April 1981 to discuss the feeding requirements and behaviour of shorebirds and coastal wildfowl. The book was designed both for general ornithologists, so that they may advise planners concerned with coastal wetlands, and for research workers interested in bird ecology and behaviour. The book is divided into three sections, each the responsibility of one of the editors, who provides a brief section introduction. The first covers bird numbers in relation to food resources; the second relates population densities to social and individual behaviour of birds within the flocks, and the third examines the role of areas of particular significance to migrant shorebirds along the route from West Africa to the high-latitude breeding grounds stretching from Greenland to western Siberia. This volume was produced in conjunction with the British Ornithologists' Union.
Reissue of a book first published in 1984.
Preface; List of contributors; Part I. Bird Populations: The Influence of Food Resources on the Use of Feeding Areas: Introduction P. R. Evans; 1. Coastal birds: numbers in relation to food resources P. R. Evans and P. J. Dugan; 2. Balancing the budget: measuring the energy intake and requirements of shorebirds in the field M. W. Pienkowski, P. N. Ferns, N. C. Davidson and D. H. Worrall; 3. Relations between the distribution of waders and the intertidal benthic fauna of the Oosterschelde, Netherlands P. Meire and E. Kuyken; 4. How Oystercatchers and Curlews successfully deplete clams L. Zwarts and J. Wanink; 5. Waterfowl movements in relation to food stocks M. R. van Eerden; 6. Diving duck populations in relation to their food supplies O. Pehrsson; Part II. Bird Populations: Social Behaviour and the Use of Feeding Areas: Introduction J. D. Goss-Custard; 7. Why do birds roost communally R. C. Ydenberg and H. H. Th. Prins; 8. The unsociable plover - the use of intertidal areas by Grey Plovers D. J. Townshend, P. J. Dugan and M. W. Pienkowski; 9. Age-related distribution of Dunlin in the Dutch Wadden Sea T. M. van der Have, E. Nieboer and G. C. Boere; 10. Differences in quality of roosting flock of Oystercatchers C. Swennen; 11. Feeding ecology, winter mortality and the population dynamics of Oystercatchers on the Exe estuary J. D. Goss-Custard and S. E. A. le V. dit Durell; Part III. Introduction W. G. Hale; 12. The Danish Wadden Sea K. Laursen and J. Frikke; 13. The German Wadden Sea P. Prokosch; 14. The Dutch Wadden Sea W. J. Wolff and C. J. Smit; 15. The Dutch Delta Area R. J. Leewis, H. J. M. Baptist and P. L. Meininger; 16. The British Isles P. R. Evans; 17. The Atlantic coast of Morocco M. Kersten and C. J. Smit; 18. The Banc d'Arguin (Mauritania) M. Engelmoer, T. Piersma, W. Altenburg and R. Mes; 19. The changing face of European wintering areas W. G. Hale; Index.