RSPB migration hotspots: the world's best bird migration sites.

RSPB migration hotspots: the world's best bird migration sites. Tim Harris.
RSPB migration hotspots: the world's best bird migration sites.

London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013. Quarto, dustwrapper, colour photographs, maps.

Each spring and autumn hundreds of millions of birds - wildfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and passerines - migrate between latitudes. 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. This book takes a look at 29 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 Pelee (Canada) and Beidaihe (China) where spectacular falls of songbirds can take place. The book covers each of the world's major avian flyways and features stunning photography throughout.
The geographical reasons for the importance of each hotspot are explained, with a summary of the different birds that pass through and the best times of year to see them, and an introductory chapter summarises birds' migration strategies.

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