The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Know your Birds of Prey

Cover of Know your Birds of Prey

Author: Various contributors

Number of pages: 41

Year published:

Edition: 1st

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The Wildebeest's Review of Know your Birds of Prey

The Wildebeest reviewing a book

Firstly, congratulations to Caltex for promoting bird watching by sponsoring this series of guides. This booklet is “a pocket guide to the habits and distribution of your birds of prey.”

The book kicks off with a general overview of birds of prey. It covers a variety of topics such as flight, breeding, feeding, and what exactly makes them a “bird of prey.” Importantly, there is a strong conservation message in the first section of the book. This is a group of birds whose populations are under increasing pressure, and this message has to be got across to as many people as possible.

The second section of the book includes a short account of each species. They are all illustrated in with some pleasing artwork. A small distribution map is also included.

Overall, this is a nice publication and is of interest to birders plus those new to our South African birds of prey.

Some of the subjects in this publication

Rock Kestrel - Page: 20
Lesser Kestrel - Page: 21
Pygmy Falcon - Page: 22
Lanner Falcon - Page: 23
Black-shouldered Kite - Page: 24
Black Kite - Page: 25
Black Harrier - Page: 26
Black Sparrowhawk - Page: 27
Jackal Buzzard - Page: 28
Steppe Buzzard - Page: 29
Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk - Page: 30
African Harrier-Hawk - Page: 31
Verreauxs Eagle - Page: 32
Martial Eagle - Page: 33
Tawny Eagle - Page: 34
African Crowned Eagle - Page: 35
Bateleur - Page: 36
Long-crested Eagle - Page: 37


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