1) De Roy, Tui, Mark Jones, and Julie Cornthwaite. Penguins: The Ultimate Guide (Second Edition). 2022. Princeton University Press. Hardbound: 240 pages. Price: $35.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: An acclaimed photographic guide to these marvelous and enigmatic birds―now in a new, updated edition.
are perhaps the most beloved birds. On land, their behavior appears so
humorous and expressive that we can be excused for attributing to them
moods and foibles similar to our own. Few realize how complex and
mysterious their private lives truly are, as most of their existence
takes place far from our prying eyes, hidden beneath the ocean waves.
Now in a new, updated edition, this stunningly illustrated book provides
a unique look at these extraordinary creatures and the cutting-edge
science that is helping us to better understand them. Featuring more
than 400 breathtaking photos, this is the ultimate guide to all 18
species of penguins, including those with retiring personalities or
nocturnal habits that tend to be overlooked and rarely photographed.
This revised second edition features updated scientific information and
some spectacular new photographs.
Penguins is the most ambitious book to date by Tui De Roy, Mark Jones, and Julie Cornthwaite. Their travels, spanning more than two decades, have seen them crisscross the southern hemisphere to virtually everywhere that penguins are found, from the sun-baked lava shores of the Galápagos to some of the remotest subantarctic islands, as well as all around the Antarctic continent, where Emperor penguins breed on the deep-frozen sea.
A book that no bird enthusiast or armchair naturalist should do without, Penguins includes discussions of penguin conservation, informative species profiles, fascinating penguin facts, and tips on where to see penguins in the wild.
- Covers all 18 species of the world’s penguins
- Features more than 400 stunning photos
- Explores the latest science on penguins and their conservation
- Includes informative species profiles and fascinating penguin facts.
RECOMMENDATION: Best for beginning birders.
3) Bowser, Tom. A Sky Full of Kites: A Rewilding Story. 2021. Birlinn. Paperback: 256 pages. Price: $
PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: Red
kites were once Britain’s most common bird of prey. By the early 1900s
they'd been wiped out in Scotland and England following centuries of
ruthless persecution. When some reintroduced kites began roosting on
their 1,400-acre farm at Argaty in Perthshire, Tom Bowser’s parents,
Lynn and Niall, decided to turn their estate into a safe haven. They
began feeding the birds and invited the world to come and see them,
learn about them and fall in love with them.
4) Schwartz, Christopher W. et al. (editors). Birds of the Sun: Macaws and People in the U.S. Southwest and Mexican Northwest. 2022. The University of Arizona Press. Hardbound: 359 pages. Price: $70.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: Scarlet macaws are native to tropical forests ranging from the
Gulf Coast and southern regions of Mexico to Bolivia, but they are
present at numerous archaeological sites in the U.S. Southwest and
Mexican Northwest. Although these birds have been noted and marveled at
through the decades, new syntheses of early excavations, new analytical
methods, and new approaches to understanding the past now allow us to
explore the significance and distribution of scarlet macaws to a degree
that was previously impossible.
Birds of the Sun explores the many aspects of macaws, especially scarlet macaws, that have made them important to Native peoples living in this region for thousands of years. Leading experts discuss the significance of these birds, including perspectives from a Zuni author, a cultural anthropologist specializing in historic Pueblo societies, and archaeologists who have studied pre-Hispanic societies in Mesoamerica and the U.S. Southwest and Mexican Northwest. Chapters examine the highly variable distribution and frequency of macaws in the past, their presence on rock art and kiva murals, the human experience of living with and transporting macaws, macaw biology and life history, and what skeletal remains suggest about the health of macaws in the past. Experts provide an extensive, region-by-region analysis, from early to late periods, of what we know about the presence, health, and depositional contexts of macaws and parrots, with specific case studies from the Hohokam, Chaco, Mimbres, Mogollon Highlands, Northern Sinagua, and Casas Grandes regions, where these birds are most abundant.
The expertise offered in this stunning new volume, which includes eight full color pages, will lay the groundwork for future research for years to come.
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for anyone with a serious interest in macaws!
5) Beintema, Albert J.. The Remotest Island. 2022. New Generation Publishing. Paperback: 366 pages. Price: $24.10 U.S.
PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: Tristan
da Cunha, Britain's remotest territory, lies in the middle of the South
Atlantic, halfway Cape Town and Buenos Aires. It has a fascinating
history, yielding many good stories. Tristan has about 250 inhabitants,
who grow potatoes, fish for lobsters, and sell postal stamps.
This book is an exploration of the Earth as it used to exist, the changes that have occurred during its history, and the ways that life has found to adapt―or not. It takes us from the savannahs of Pliocene Kenya to watch a python chase a group of australopithecines into an acacia tree; to a cliff overlooking the salt pans of the empty basin of what will be the Mediterranean Sea just as water from the Miocene Atlantic Ocean spills in; into the tropical forests of Eocene Antarctica; and under the shallow pools of Ediacaran Australia, where we glimpse the first microbial life.
Otherlands also offers us a vast perspective on the current state of the planet. The thought that something as vast as the Great Barrier Reef, for example, with all its vibrant diversity, might one day soon be gone sounds improbable. But the fossil record shows us that this sort of wholesale change is not only possible but has repeatedly happened throughout Earth history.
Even as he operates on this broad canvas, Halliday brings us up close to the intricate relationships that defined these lost worlds. In novelistic prose that belies the breadth of his research, he illustrates how ecosystems are formed; how species die out and are replaced; and how species migrate, adapt, and collaborate. It is a breathtaking achievement: a surprisingly emotional narrative about the persistence of life, the fragility of seemingly permanent ecosystems, and the scope of deep time, all of which have something to tell us about our current crisis.
A brief general introduction on the subject is followed by short chapters on different dinosaur species, including fish-eating, sociable, and predatory dinosaurs, as well as the biggest meat-eating dinosaur of all time. Details are given about where these creatures were found, the meaning of their scientific names, and their size and diet.
Spectacular, colorful illustrations bring the dinosaurs vividly to life; photographs, maps, and line drawings further illustrate the subject; and a variety of information boxes add to the intrigue.
Previously published as Famous Dinosaurs of Africa, this revised edition includes newly discovered species, the latest scientific information, and vibrant new illustrations. Although written for children, it is sure to have broad appeal for anyone interested in learning more about dinosaurs.