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Birds: Their Hidden World

…extremely accessible and packed with facts

Birds: Their Hidden World By Peter Holden | A & C Black | 2012 | ISBN 9781408152621


Even if you are an enthusiastic bird watcher, the details of how birds fly, why they behave as they do, how they breed and their extraordinary travels can seem very mysterious. This lively new book aims to give readers a broad understanding of 'how birds work' from their physical make-up to courtship and breeding, social activity and their spread and travels. Readers will be able to interpret the kind of bird activity and behaviour that they see and hear in their gardens as well as in the wider countryside and on nature reserves. Designed for the general interest reader and written in a lively and accessible style, the book is presented as a series of beautifully illustrated page spreads, enhanced by fully captioned photographs and with case studies of individual species of British and European birds.

Peter Holden has written nine books, including the bestselling RSPB Handbook of British Birds and the acclaimed RSPB Handbook of Garden Wildlife. He worked for the RSPB for more than 40 years.Fatbirder View

It’s a shame that it is no longer the norm that the sort of bird lore that this excellentl book contains is no longer automatically inculcated into the minds of youngsters growing up – much of it was common knowledge to kids in my generation – what dad didn’t tell you your mates did, or you observed for yourself growing up in the countryside or even suburbia and in small towns. We used to go birds nesting but that meant seeking them out for a quiet look not stealing eggs or disturbing them. It seems like much was acquired by osmosis but that is a lost, lamented age.

So, if a youngster, or even an oldster has got as far as acquiring a field-guide and a local ‘where to watch’ guide this would be an excellent third book for their growing library.

The fascination of birds in the wild can only be enhanced by knowledge – how else will you know what is an unusual sight or aberrant behaviour? Moreover, delve into its pages and you will find it extremely accessible and packed with the sort of facts that novice birders will love to learn and I am sure there is plenty here too even for the more experienced confirmed birder.


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