Storm-petrels & Bulwer's Petrel: North Atlantic Seabirds

RRM Consultants
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Highly acclaimed and a classic title in its field. Innovative new concept to identification of seabirds essential to all birders. Endorsed by world leading experts Peter Harrison, Steve N. G. Howell, Killian Mullarney, and Hadoram Shirihai. The first in a series on the identification of North Atlantic seabirds – also covering adjacent seas and the Western Palearctic. Revised edition. Comprehensive guide to storm-petrels, including the confusion species Bulwer's Petrel. The only guides with the depth of information needed to identify the more tricky species. Thorough cross-comparison of all species/taxa covered. Original and highly detailed text, over 140 photographs, 41 stunning illustrations by Ian Lewington, and 11 large format range maps. Two support DVDs available via hyperlink contain at sea footage of all species. Species covered: White-faced Storm-petrel, Wilson's Storm-petrel, European Storm-petrel, Black-bellied Storm-petrel, White-bellied Storm-petrel, Band-rumped Storm-petrel, Leach's Storm-petrel, Swinhoe's Storm-petrel, Matsudaira's Storm-petrel, and Bulwer's Petrel.
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Publisher
RRM Consultants
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Published on
Feb 1, 2015
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Pages
226
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ISBN
9780956886736
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Birdwatching Guides
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / Ornithology
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