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The Hen Harrier

The Hen Harrier

Author: Donald Watson

Published: 2010-10-30

Publisher's Description:

Artist, ornithologist and author, Donald Watson has made an especial study of the Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus over many years and his field notes and sketch books of this exceptional bird of prey go back to the 1940s. The book opens with the world distribution of the harrier family, then there is a fuller treatment of the Hen Harrier in Europe and North America (the Marsh Hawk), its history and present status. Further chapters detail hunting methods and prey selection, the breeding cycle, migration and distribution. The second part of the book is a closely observed account of the Hen Harrier in Donald Watson's particular study areas in Scotland, in moorland and forest habitats. The author's colour paintings, line drawings and reproductions from his field sketch books are an outstanding accompaniment to a most readable yet scholarly text.



  • Language: English
  • Biogeographical Realm: Indo-Malay, Nearctic, Neotropic, Palearctic
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  • Families Covered: Kites, Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

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  • Imprint: Poyser
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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  • Country: United Kingdom


  • Series Title: Poyser Monographs
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  • Date Published: 29 Oct 2010
  • ISBN-10: 1408137569
  • ISBN-13: 9781408137567