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The Goshawk

Series: Poyser Monographs Volume: 83
By: Robert Kenward and Alan Harris
360 pages, colour photos, b& illus
The Goshawk
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  • The Goshawk ISBN: 9780713665659 Hardback Dec 2006 In stock
Price: £60.00
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A large and spectacular bird of prey, the Goshawk lives in boreal forests throughout the Northern hemisphere. A powerful hunter of large birds and woodland mammals, it was persecuted for many years by game keepers to the point of extinction in the UK. However, escaped falconry birds led to the establishment of a new population in the 1960s, though the species remains rare and elusive - birders need a combination of hard work and a little luck to see this magnificent raptor.

The Goshawk is an authoritative yet highly readable monograph of the species. It includes chapters on nomenclature, races and morphs, biometrics, nesting, incubation and chick-rearing, migration, feeding ecology, population dynamics, and conservation, punctuated throughout with illuminating tales from author Robert Kenward's extensive field research. The book is packed with illustrations, figures and maps, and contains a selection of the author's superb photographs of the birds. The product of almost 30 years work, this title is a classic Poyser monograph; birders will enjoy the fascinating insights into the biology of the bird, while academics will appreciate the book's comprehensive literature review.

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An expert radio-tracker, Robert Kenward is an ecologist and an international authority on raptors. He has made the study of the Goshawk his life's work. Kenward has written numerous papers and articles on this species.

Series: Poyser Monographs Volume: 83
By: Robert Kenward and Alan Harris
360 pages, colour photos, b& illus
Media reviews

#39;This fine book will serve equally as the standard reference for biologists and birders as well as providing delight for anyone with a more general interest in wildlife. #39; BBC Wildlife (December 2006) #39;This is the type of bird book you wish everyone could write: full of fascinating information but written in an entertaining, easy #45;to #45;read, almost confiding style. #39; Cage & Aviary Birds (May 2007) #39;Raptor enthusiasts will love this book. #39; Birding World (June 2007) #39;This long awaited title in the acclaimed Poyser series of species monographs is an authoritative, well #45;written and nicely produced volume #133; Kenward #39;s unparalleled knowledge and intimate relationship with his subject make this book an interesting read. #39; Birdwatch (October 2007) #39;[This] volume will remain an insightful overview and contemporary reference for many years #133; I found this book both interesting and stimulating. I strongly recommend it for both professional and enthusiast. #39; British Birds (September 2007)

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