Raptor: A Journey Through Birds

Another mock-up. This is a good book, wherein the author covers the length of the British Isles – from Orkney to Devon and several points in-between – to document the fifteen indigenous birds of prey. All my personal favourites – Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, Buzzard, Merlin – are there, along with several others such as the Honey Buzzard that I knew very little about. He deploys an efficient prose style that stretches to the poetic when required, and displays a level-headed reverence for these creatures that are, right now, undergoing increasing persecution. Recommended.

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