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Far from land : the mysterious lives of seabirds / Michael Brooke ; with illustrations by Bruce Pearson.

Brooke, Michael, (author.). Pearson, Bruce, (illustrator.).

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  • ISBN: 9780691174181
  • ISBN: 0691174180
  • Physical Description: xi, 249 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018]

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Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-237) and index.
Contents: A personal prelude -- Introduction to the world's seabirds : past knowledge and new revelations -- Taking the plunge : seabirds' first journeys -- The meandering years of immaturity -- Adult migrations : 20,000 leagues over the sea. A navigational diversion -- Tied to home : adult movements during the breeding season -- Wind and waves : friend and foe -- Stick or twist? : the consistent habits of individuals -- Where seabirds find food -- How seabirds catch food -- The clash : seabird interactions with people--past, present & future -- Acknowledgements -- List of bird species mentioned and their scientific names.
Summary, etc.: The lives and activities of seabirds as you've never seen them before Seabirds evoke the spirit of the earth's wildest places. They spend large portions of their lives at sea, often far from land, and nest on beautiful and remote islands that humans rarely visit. Thanks to the development of increasingly sophisticated and miniaturized devices that can track their every movement and behavior, it is now possible to observe the mysterious lives of these remarkable creatures as never before. This beautifully illustrated book takes you on a breathtaking journey around the globe to reveal where these birds actually go when they roam the sea, the tactics they employ to traverse vast tracts of ocean, the strategies they use to evade threats, and more. Michael Brooke has visited every corner of the world in his lifelong pursuit of seabirds. Here, he draws on his own experiences and insights as well as the latest cutting-edge science to shed light on the elusive seafaring lives of albatrosses, frigatebirds, cormorants, and other ocean wanderers. Where do puffins go in the winter? How deep do penguins dive? From how far away can an albatross spot a fishing vessel worth following for its next meal? Brooke addresses these and other questions in this delightful book. Along the way, he reveals that seabirds are not the aimless wind-tossed creatures they may appear to be and explains the observational innovations that are driving this exciting area of research. Featuring illustrations by renowned artist Bruce Pearson and packed with intriguing facts, Far from Land provides an extraordinary up-close look at the activities of seabirds.
Subject: Sea birds.
Sea birds > Behavior.
Sea birds > Ecology.
Sea birds > Life cycles.
NATURE / Animals / Birds.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Ornithology.
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