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California Natural History Guides #82: Raptors of California

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Raptorsand#151;the charismatic group of birds that includes hawks, eagles, and falconsand#151;evoke power, swiftness, and grace. Raptors, or birds of prey, gaze calmly about while at rest, exuding confidence and nobility, and, while soaring aloft, they are absolute icons of the California landscape. Featuring descriptions of every diurnal California raptor, this state-of-the-art, beautifully illustrated guide is the first to combine identification of these important birds with a comprehensive discussion of their natural history.

Raptors of California notes well-established field marks in addition to introducing several new pointers that help distinguish especially difficult species. More than a field guide, the book also includes information on raptor anatomy, foraging, reproduction, movement, where and how to observe raptors, human-raptor interactions, raptor conservation, endangered species, caring for injured hawks, falconry, and more. Of special interest is the inclusion of previously unpublished descriptions of raptor behavior and many fascinating anecdotes and vivid observations from the field that provide new insights into the lives of these captivating birds.

* Covers 27 species, with range maps for the 18 species regularly occurring in California

* 104 color figures include photographs and wash drawings illustrating habitats, anatomy, field marks, and behavior

* 12 full-page color plates show the various plumages of each speciesand#151;including raritiesand#151;as well as their appearance in flight

* Highly readable and accessible, even when covering complicated topics such as flight and evolutionary adaptations

Synopsis:

"Although written for California, this book will be prized by raptor watchers from around the US for its insightful and descriptive notes on behavior and ecology and its gorgeous and accurate paintings."and#151;Allen Fish, Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

"This is actually two books for the price of one; the introductory chapters stand-alone as an excellent natural history of North America raptors, and the species accounts and spectacular plates make this one of the best state raptor books available."and#151;Lloyd Kiff, Science Director, The Peregrine Fund

About the Author

Hans J. Peeters and Pam Peeters have spent all their lives in the field bird watching. Hans J. Peeters, Professor of Biology/Zoology emeritus at Chabot College, is coauthor, with E.W. Jameson, Jr., of Mammals of California (revised edition, 2004) and American Hawking (1970). His illustrations have appeared in many bird guides including The American Bird Conservancyand#8217;s All the Birds of North America (1997), Book of North American Birds (1990), and the Smithsonianand#8217;s forthcoming Birds of India. An award-winning painter, two of his depictions of Golden Eagles have appeared on Mexican stamps.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

What is a Raptor?

Raptor Names

A Hawkand#8217;s Body

Hawk Identification

Pitfalls of Identification

Field Marks

A Hawkand#8217;s Life

Hunting and Eating

Territoriality and Reproduction

Dispersal and Migration

Finding and Watching Hawks

How to Find Hawks

Where to Look for Hawks

Finding Certain Species

Finding Raptor Nests

Circumstantial Evidence

How to Watch Hawks

Reading a Raptorand#8217;s Mind

Binoculars and Spotting Scopes

Cameras and Photography

Hawk-watching Etiquette

Hawks and Humans

Attitudes Past and Present

Conservation Laws and History

Threatened and Endangered Species

Species of Special Concern

Conservation Methods

Disturbance by Humans

Caring for Injured Birds

Falconry

Recreational and Educational Activities

Species Accounts

Color Plates

Vultures

Osprey

Kites

Harriers

Accipiters

Buteos

Eagles

Falcons

Glossary

References and Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520242005
Author:
Peeters, Hans
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Peeters, Pam
Author:
Peeters, Hans J.
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
California
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Birds of prey
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Birds of prey - California
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
California natural history guides ;
Series Volume:
no. 18482
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
116 color illustrations, 22 maps
Pages:
305
Dimensions:
7.25 x 4.5 x 0.88 in 17 oz

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"Although written for California, this book will be prized by raptor watchers from around the US for its insightful and descriptive notes on behavior and ecology and its gorgeous and accurate paintings."and#151;Allen Fish, Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

"This is actually two books for the price of one; the introductory chapters stand-alone as an excellent natural history of North America raptors, and the species accounts and spectacular plates make this one of the best state raptor books available."and#151;Lloyd Kiff, Science Director, The Peregrine Fund

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