Guide to Seabirds of Southern Africa is the only book focusing exclusively on all the seabird species that occur around the southern African coastline and adjacent Southern Ocean.
Authoritative, fully illustrated and detailed, this new edition has been fully updated and expanded to reflect the latest data and taxonomy. A section on flying fish and squid has been added, revealing some of the amazing marine creatures that birders may encounter in the waters around southern Africa. Written by the region's foremost seabird specialist, the species accounts include informative text, multiple full-colour photographs and distribution maps. A fascinating introduction covers seabird origins, havens, feeding, breeding and conservation, as well as how best to watch and photograph these enigmatic birds.
Peter Ryan is the Director of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town. He is a keen bird photographer and has travelled widely in pursuit of birds. He is also the author and co-author of several books on birds and on Subantarctic Islands.
Prof. Peter Ryan was awarded A-rating scientist status by the National Research Foundation in December 2016. This is the highest accolade in the NRF’s rating system to rank researchers in the country. An A-rating implies an international leader in the field. The FitzPatrick Institute has never boasted an A-rated Director before and Peter is also the first A-rated ornithologist in South Africa.