New German book about the Eurasian Scops Owl

22. November 2015

Gerald Malle and Remo Probst have recently published a German book about the ecology and conservation of the Eurasian Scops Owl with a focus on Austria and Carinthia (a federal state in the south of Austria at the Slovenian and Italian border).

This is the most comprehensive book currently available on the species. Before that book, Remo Probst had already written or edited several other fantastic books on the Eurasian Hobby, White-tailed Eagle and Great Grey Shrike. This book is a must for anyone interested in the Eurasian Scops Owl in particular as well as owls in general.

The book can be ordered here:
Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein für Kärnten
Museumgasse 2
A-9021 Klagenfurt
E-mail: nwv@landesmuseum-ktn.at
Fax: 050/536/30597
Tel. 050/536/30574

More information about the conservation project can be found here:

Artenschutzprojekt Zwergohreule

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3 new Spanish books about raptors and owls in Europe

15. November 2015

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Three new books (written in Spanish) are currently being written with the first volume already available. The 1st book covers the European eagles, the 2nd book the remainig raptors and the 3rd book is about the European owls.

The first volume is called “Aves de Presa – Las Águilas de España y Europa” and covers the european eagles.

The book are a mix of great pictures and interesting text. I will publish a short review once I have a copy in my hands.

Aves de Presa – Las Águilas de España y Europa

Book review: The Life of Buzzards by Peter Dare

20. September 2015

A well written book on the ecology and behaviour of the Common Buzzard has long been missing. But not anymore.

With “The Life of Buzzards” Peter Dare has written a wonderful book on that fascinating species.
Although often ignored by bird watchers because the species is now common in many places, the Common Buzzard is a fascinating bird and shows a lot of interesting behaviour (just image the wonderful courtship displays with undulating flights similar to a Golden Eagle).

A lot of research has been done in recent decades on the ecology and behaviour of the Common Buzzard. The author of this new book has been studying Common Buzzards himself for many decades.

The book has about 300 pages and describes in detail the author’s studies and how the Buzzard’s life changes during the different seasons from winter to autumn.

In 15 chapters the book covers breeding biology, territory, dispersal, population dynamics and much more. A huge portion of the book is devoted to the diet and feeding ecology of the Common Buzzard – which, unlike many people believe, eats more than just voles.

The last chapter covers the decline and subsequent recovery of the Common Buzzard in the UK. The species is now much more common in the UK that it used to be and it has recovered many areas where it was absent for decades.

Although the main focus of the author’s studies have been Buzzards in the UK, the book also covers buzzard studies in other countries like Germany and Poland. This is a great bonus to the book as there are of course differences in climate, landscape or prey species across Europe and by including research from other countries the author manages to paint a much broader of ecology of Common Buzzards.

The book is very well written in an English that easy to understand. It is not a dry scientific book, but still scientifically accurate, and the text clearly shows the admiration Peter Dare has for his study subject.

Whittles Published has published several great raptor books over the last years. This is my favorite so far and I highly recommend it to everyone interested in Common Buzzards in particular but also in raptors or birds in general.

More information about the book can be found on the Publishers Website:
The Life of Buzzards

2nd edition of the best book about Eurepean raptors published – a review of “Die Greifvögel Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens, 2nd edition”

6. July 2014

When the 1st edition of the German book “Die Greifvögel Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens” was published in 2006 I was really excited and it immediately became one of my favorite bird books. A huge volume with about 500 pages it was the most comprehensive and detailed overview of all European raptors.

Since 2006 a lot has happened for European raptors. Many new papers have been published and the populations of some specie have increased considerably, for example the numbers of the White-tailed Eagle in many countries.

I was very happy when the publisher sent me a review copy of the new 2nd edition that was published in June 2014. It has been fully updated and hundreds of new scientific papers and publications have been added to the species accounts and for many species the population numbers have the latest data available during writing, very often from 2013, sometimes even from 2014.
For example the book now lists 760 pairs of White-tailed Eagles in Germany in 2013 as compared to “more than 470” in the 1st edition.

The book has two parts. The first part is worth the price alone. It is one of the best introductions into raptor ecology and conservation available and definitely the best in German. In over 100 pages the authors describe in detail and in an easy to read language how raptors live and how to protect them.

The second part of the book has detailed species accounts for all raptors that regularly occur in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Vagrants like Amur Falcons or Rüppel’s Vultures are not covered but very rare breeding species like the Lappet-faced Vulture or the beautiful African Black Eagle are covered.

The species accounts are very detailed and cover many topics including the names of the birds (names are given for German, English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Polish and Russian), identification, voice, distribution, population, population trends, habitat, density, territory and homerange, behavior, hunting, prey, breeding biology, dispersal and migration, threads, conservation and open questions (where further research is needed).

There is a slight focus on Germany in some parts of the book but this really is a book about all of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

This book is the best, most up to date and most comprehensive overview of raptors in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and it deserves a very wide readership.
The authors have done an amazing job going through so much literature and summing it all up in such an easy to read but still very accurate and comprehensive way.

This will be the most important book on European raptors for many years to come!
Highly recommend to everyone interested in raptors!

About the language:
The book is written in German and there are no English summaries. I hope that it will be translated into many languages, particularly into English!

More information about the book can be found on the publishers website:

Die Greifvögel Europas, Nordafrikas und Vorderasiens

New book about Peregrines: Peregrine Falcons of the World

8. December 2013

A new book about the Peregrine Falcons of the World has been published.

More information incl. how to order it can be found here

Peregrine Falcons of the World

New German Hobby book with English summary

6. October 2013

A new German book about the Eurasian Hobby is out.
It is written in German but has an extended English summary at the end.
It covers the Hobby in Carinthia (a state in Austria) but the information is relevant for everyone interested in the Hobby no matter where you live because it covers in detail the ecology and behavior of this fascinating little Falcon.
Of particular interested is the detailed description of the hunting behavior of the Hobby.

The author is Remo Probst, a leading raptor expert in Austria who has studied the Hobby and other raptor species like Goshawks, European Honey Buzzards and White-tailed Eagles for many years.

Description:

– Title: “Der Baumfalke in Kärnten. Eine inneralpine Studie zur Ökologie des Kleinfalken.”
– 256 pages., 81 pictures., 24 tables
– Complete biology incl. description of 800 hunting flights
– Extended English Summary!
– 21 € (+ shipping)
– Order: nwv@landesmuseum.ktn.gv.at

Upcoming book: A Saga of Sea Eagles

21. July 2013

A new book about one of Europe’s most spectacular birds of prey will be published very soon. It is called “A Sage of Sea Eagles” and is written by John A. Love and published by Whittles Publishing.
(Review below).

The book covers the following topics:

  • A personal account from the author’s own experiences, enriched with his photographs and illustrations
  • Summary of eagles, their classification and folklore focussing on the Sea Eagle group
  • Provides a background to the reintroduction of the White-tailed Sea Eagle to Scotland and the UK
  • Current status of Sea Eagles in the UK and the economic benefits

More information about the book can be found here:
A Saga of Sea Eagles

A Saga of Sea Eagles

A Saga of Sea Eagles

Update: Review of the book (December 28th 2013).

This is a wonderful book. Very readable and full of information about the biology and conservation of the White-tailed Eagle in the UK (and beyond).

The book has detailed chapters on the biology of the White-tailed Eagle. I really liked the overview of the Sea Eagles of the world and also the very interesting chapter on the prey of the White-tailed Eagle.

Persecution and extirpation of the species is also covered.

A large part of the book covers the reintroduction of the White-tailed Eagle in Scotland and the more recent projects in Ireland and East Scotland are also covered (the main focus is on West Scotland).
This is probably by far the most detailed account of this reintroduction program, the people involved and all the important steps that eventually lead to an established in increasing population in West Scotland.

The text is also full of personal stories of the author.

The book is easy to read and hard to put down once you start reading.

Highly recommend for everyone interested in the biology and conservation of the White-tailed Eagle or raptors in general.

New book “The book of raptors”

17. April 2013

A new book called The book of raptors is available. It is a large book with many fantastic images and lot’s of interesting text.
It is the English translation of the Spanish book called Libro de las rapaces”.

To learn more about the English edtion, click here:
The book of raptors

New book: “Eagles of Africa” by Johann Knobel

25. March 2013

Johann Knobel has just published his new book called “Eagles of Africa”. It covers all 26 African eagle species with fantastic pictures and a detailed text.

More information can be found on the book’s website:
Eagles of Africa

The book can be ordered here:
Eagles of Africa.

Upcoming book: A Saga of Sea Eagles by John A. Love

16. January 2013

Whittles Publishing recently announced an upcoming book about the White-tailed Eagle written by John A. Love.

The description of the book by the publisher:

  • A personal account from the author’s own experiences, enriched with his photographs and illustrations
  • Summary of eagles, their classification and folklore focussing on the Sea Eagle group
  • Provides a background to the reintroduction of the White-tailed Sea Eagle to Scotland and the UK
  • Current status of Sea Eagles in the UK and the economic benefits


More information on the publishers website:
A Saga of Sea Eagles

This is a welcome addition to some other fine raptor books by the same publisher and to the available literature about Europe’s larged eagle species!