African Raptors (Helm Identification Guides) (英語) ハードカバー – 2018/10/9
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Bill Clark is an acknowledged authority on raptors. He has published many papers about raptors and is the author of several books covering the raptors of Europe, North America and Central America.
Rob Davies has lived for much of his life in southern Africa and has long had a special interest in raptors. A scientist by training and a Ph.D. under his belt, he is also an accomplished artist.
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Following the usual preliminaries, the present volume is split into two main parts, a block of 52 colour plates, and the species accounts (covering 107 raptors, beginning with Secretary Bird and ending with Taita Falcon).
The plates: I have to confess that it took me a while to appreciate just how good these illustrations, by Rob Davies, are, probably because (at least in Europe) we are now used to the style of such masters of identification plates as Alan Harris and Killian Mullarney. Davis’s style is quite different from theirs but in its own way just as effective. These plates deserve careful study and are very informative. I particularly liked the plates depicting the harriers.
The text: each account covers identification, distribution, and taxonomy and variation, as well as (perhaps less) important matters such as etymology. There are also a number of well-chosen colour photos (I would have liked more) and a distribution map. I was interested to see that the two subspecies of African Goshawk occurring in Ethiopia are herein split as a separate species, the Ethiopian Goshawk.
One thing puzzles me: I was surprised that neither the colour plate nor the text gave an adequate sense of the striking and distinctive pale morph of Walberg’s Eagle. To make sure that my memory wasn’t playing tricks, I looked at my own photos of this morph, as well various books (beginning with my first southern African field guide, the 1983 edition of Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa, and ending with ‘Roberts 7’). All showed a very distinctive bird, so I’m puzzled; surely Davies and Clark must have seen this morph in life and in the museum tray?
Overall, however, this book is a must for all birders interested in African birds, and for raptorphiles everywhere. Recommended.
Wonderful photos and paintings.
Don’t leave for Africa without it. In your safari bag.