by Tim Harris
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.
- ISBN: 9781408171172
- Author(s): Tim Harris
- Stock Code: 8171172
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: Colour illustrations, Maps
- Pages: 224
- Published: 2013
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Covers every continent as it traces the routes of 50 of the most amazing animal travellers. Drawing on the latest research, it also reveals how migration works and why animals migrate. Includes a catalogue of the world's greatest place to observe migration. Colour photographs, maps, 176pp. 2009
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The only concise and accessible synthesis on bird migration, this book describes not only the migrations, the incredible stamina and navigational skills of the birds, the effects on their distributions, survival and evolution but also the scientific skills and studies that underlie the information about migration.