Title: Birds of the Strait of Gibraltar
Poyser Monographs
Autor Clive Finlayson
Editor A & C Black, 2010
ISBN 1408136953, 9781408136959
N. de pages 560
PDF: 43.68 MB

The Strait of Gibraltar is famous as a major point of passage for
Palaearctic birds migrating between their European breeding
grounds and their winter quarters in Africa. Clive Finlayson,
a native of the Rock and a trained ornithologist, presents a
fascinating account of the region and its resident and transitory
bird life.The first chapter of the book describes the area, which
broadly defined includes the Coto Do ana in the north and the Merja
Zerga in the south, and the geographic and climatological
characteristics which make it a suitable crossing place.
In scope this book goes beyond the strict definition of the Strait
and, following Irby's 19th Century work, examines the rich area
where Europe meets Africa. The chapters which follow describe in
detail the migration patterns of the principal passage species
including their origins, destinations and overall numbers, showing
how the precise conditions of weather and visibility affect the
specific choice of route and timing of the crossing. The breeding
and wintering bird communities are then considered and the ornithology
of the entire region summarized.Whether or not you have ever witnessed
the thousands of raptors, storks and other birds that may make this
legendary crossing in a single day, this book will conjure the spirit
of this extraordinary place.Delightful illustrations by lan Willis
complete an important and entertaining book.Illustrated by lan Willis


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