RSPB Migration Hotspots: The World's Best Bird Migration Sites

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A&C Black, Nov 12, 2013 - Nature - 224 pages
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Each spring and autumn hundreds of millions of birds - wildfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and passerines - migrate between higher and lower latitudes, or in some cases between high latitudes in the northern hemisphere and high latitudes in the southern hemisphere. In a handful of places around the world, a combination of geography, topography and climate combine to funnel migrant birds into narrow fronts, leading to migration hotspots, places where, for a few days each year, birds seem to be everywhere. The sight of thousands upon thousands of birds is one of nature's greatest wildlife spectacles.

Migration Hotspots takes a look at 30 of the locations where the planet's most dramatic bird migration can be witnessed, from raptor bottlenecks such as Veracruz (Mexico) and the Strait of Messina (Italy) to places like Point Pelée (Canada) and Beidaihe (China) where spectacular falls of songbirds can take place. And from wetlands where huge numbers of waders stop over each spring and autumn to the great rarity islands of Scilly and Heligoland.

The book covers each of the world's major avian flyways and features stunning photography throughout. The geographical reasons for the importance of each hotspot are explained, with a summary of the different birds that pass through and the best times of year to see them, and an introductory chapter summarises birds' migration strategies.

 

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Contents

FOREWORD by Professor Christopher Perrins
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Point Reyes USA
18
Point Pelee Canada i
24
Cape May USA
34
Upper Texas Coast USA
42
Veracruz Mexico
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Falsterbo Sweden
62
Matsalu Bay Estonia
70
Messina Italy 1 12
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Lesvos Greece
130
Batumi Georgia l
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Sharrn elSheikh Egypt
154
Chokpak and Korgalzhyn Kazakhstan
166
Rann of Kutch India I 74
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Beidaihe China
180
Mai Po Hong Kong
190

Heligoland Germany
76
Yorkshire Coast UK
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Cape Clear Ireland
100
Tarifa Spain
106
Chumphon Thailand
196
Moreton Bay Australia
206
REFERENCES
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Tim Harris has been fascinated by bird migration since as a young boy he witnessed Swallows flying in off the sea at Selsey Bill, while terns streamed past and recently arrived warblers sang from scrub. He has since been birding in more than 40 countries and has been inspired over and over again by the sights and sounds of migration on all the world's major migration flyways. Tim was Deputy Editor of Birdwatch magazine between 1992 and 2000. He contributed to National Geographic's Complete Birds of the World, has written numerous articles and children's books about birds.

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