King penguins in Antarctica, cassowaries in Queensland, cocks-of-the rock in Peru. This gorgeous book describes the one hundred best bird-watching sites on the planet. Introductory sections give an overview of each continent or region, and then each site is listed and ranked on a country-by-country basis. The entries all include a full description, a list of key species, a map, and information on the best time of year to visit. Lavish color photographs capture rare and elusive species as well as some of the world's best avian spectacles, such as the snow goose blizzard at Bosque del Apache and the flocks of lesser flamingos on Africa's Rift Valley lakes. Many birding sites are included for their unique avifauna, endemics, and oddities—the Seychelles, Andasibe in Madagascar, Taveuni in Fiji, and the Alaka`i wilderness in Hawaii, among others. With its truly global coverage—of the huge flocks of wintering geese in Britain and the United States, the cranes in both Japan and France, the "river of raptors" passage at Veracruz in Mexico, and much more—this book will inform and inspire anyone who plans to visit, or who dreams of visiting, these extraordinary locations.
Copub: New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd.
Dominic Couzens is a writer and birding leader based in the United Kingdom. He has written numerous books on birds and wildlife and hundreds of articles in such magazines as BBC Wildlife and Birdwatching. His best-known books are Secret Lives of Garden Birds and Identifying Birds by Behavior.
“Spectacular color photographs and an authoritative text. . . . This stimulating, attractive book should stir the wanderlust of anyone interested in nature.”—Henry T. Armistead Library Journal
“There is real reading here. . . . Loaded with information about the places it visits.”—Roanoke Times
“”For pre-trip planning (and excitement building) and post-trip remembrance. . . Gorgeous color photographs.”—Booklist
“Flipping through the pages, packed with superb photos of great birds, we can’t argue with his selections.”—Birder's World
“A dream of a book, gorgeous to look at, with quick vivid descriptions of incredible places.”—Terrain Magazine
"My first response after reading this book was to reach for the phone and start booking tours to go see birds. This book's combination of dynamic photography and scope of coverage makes for a truly compelling exploration."—John T. Rotenberry, University of California, Riverside