Spanish raptor experts Alex Ollé and Fran Trablón have published a new Spanish book called Aves Rapaces de Europa. It covers all European raptors including rare visitors like the Rüppell‘s Vulture. The book is a great companion to books like Flight Identification of Raptors of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East by Dick Forsman.
The Spanish book by Alex and Fran covers not only identification but also biology, migration and conservation. The pictures in the book are mostly very good and show the details of many different plumages. The text is very well written and easy to read. At the end is a long list of literature about raptors.
Besides an introduction and the species account, there are (ad the end of the book) many plates with photographs of similar species which are of great help when seeing difficult species in the field.
The book is completely in Spanish but with bird names also in English, German French and other languages used in Spain like Basque, Galician and Catalan.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interesting in European raptors.
And if you’ve always thought about learning Spanish (it’s not that hard!), now there is a very good reason to finally get started!
The author’s have also published (in 2017) a book about the raptors of Catalonia called Guia de rapinyaires de Catalunya. I do not own or know this book (and I cannot read the language although it’s similar to Spanish) but it has received some very good reviews as well.