Eagle Days

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    • Whilst the book is packed with fascinating information and such detail, it is the ease at which the author makes the reader feel involved that for me, is its secret….it is a well balanced book….the book is a large enough format to do justice to the excellent series of photographs.—Ray Collier, Highland News
    Tags:
    • conservation
    • eagle
    • ecology
    • monitoring
    • ornithology
    • raptor

    Description

    This book is based on many years of experience with eagles. It was written by bringing together Stuart's diary and field notes, along with his photographs, thus providing a complete description of eagles, their behaviour and ecology.

    The book consists mainly of a series of descriptions of the author’s field activity over many years, searching for and monitoring Golden Eagles Aquila chrysaetos in Scotland. There is a focus on the breeding season and the annual quest to identify the locations of breeding pairs and monitor the outcome at their nests.

    Reaching some breeding sites requires several hours of hard walking over difficult terrain; since the birds roam over such huge distances, there is no guarantee of seeing one during a day’s fieldwork. Combined with the vagaries of the weather, swarms of biting insects and the need to scramble over rocky slopes or wade through treacherous bogs, it becomes clear that eagle monitoring will not be for everyone. Nevertheless, the author's enthusiasm for it shines through.

    Stuart is a founder member of the North East Raptor Study Group-the first to be set up in the country. He has worked with Jeff Watson and Keith Brockie, and more recently with Mike McGrady.

    Illustrated with the author's own remarkable photographs.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword
    Introduction
    Acknowledgements
    1 - New Year Days
    2 - Spring Display
    3 - Hunting
    4 - Capercaillie
    5 - White-tailed Sea Eagle
    6 - Still Dawn
    7 - Equinox
    8 - Nest Building
    9 - Incubation
    10 - Mountain Plants
    11 - Change Over
    12 - New Life
    13 - Short Cuts and Otters
    14 - Eagles in the Mist
    15 - Thermal of Birds
    16 - Ringing Chicks
    17 - Prey
    18 - First Flight
    19 - Caledonian Wood
    20 - When the Geese Come In
    21 - November Days
    22 - Snow Storm
    23 - Timelessness
    Further Reading

    Reviews

    • Reading through the book was certainly a very pleasant way to while away a few hours indoors, whilst at the same time firing an enthusiasm to spend more time outside watching wildlife at first hand. —Ian Carter, British Birds
    • For me, three things make this book stand out. First, the photography is excellent, and mountain birds, flowers, lichens and landscapes are superbly depicted. Second, there are many new insights into the ecology of golden eagles – one of the hardest of all birds to study. And third, and perhaps most importantly, there is a thoroughly sincere and persuasive narrative on seeing and understanding nature. —Des Thompson, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society
    • It captures both a sense of the remote places that these iconic birds live in and also the efforts involved in studying them in the wild. The book is illustrated with, and enhanced by, the author’s own photographs of landscapes and wildlife…He uses extensive field notes and diary entries from his varied encounters with eagles… —Andrew Bielinski, Scottish Birds
    • Whilst the book is packed with fascinating information and such detail, it is the ease at which the author makes the reader feel involved that for me, is its secret….it is a well balanced book….the book is a large enough format to do justice to the excellent series of photographs. —Ray Collier, Highland News

    Bibliographic Information

    • 76 col photos
    • BISAC SCI070040, NAT037000
    • BIC PSVW6, WNCB, RNKH