The Wind Masters: The Lives of North American Birds of Prey

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - Nature - 288 pages
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Even people with little interest in birds will stop in their tracks at the sight of a hawk soaring overhead or a falcon perched on a window ledge. Birds of prey have an aura that few other creatures have. In the acclaimed Hawks in Flight, Pete Dunne showed what birds of prey look like. In The Wind Masters, he shows what it is like to be a bird of prey. He takes us inside the lives and minds of all thirty-four species of diurnal raptors found in North America -- hawks, falcons, eagles, vultures, the osprey, and the harrier -- and shows us how each bird sees the world, hunts its prey, finds and courts its mate, rears its young, grows up, grows old, and dies.
Vividly written, and beautifully illustrated by David Sibley, The Wind Masters is a brilliant work of narrative natural history in the tradition of Peter Matthiessen's The Wind Birds and Barry Lopez's Of Wolves and Men.
 

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Through a combination of expository writing and fictional narrative, Dunne (The Feather Quest, LJ 1/92) offers basic data on the life cycles of the breeding eagles, hawks, falcons, and vultures of the ... Read full review

Contents

GYRFALCON I
1
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
8
SHORTTAILED HAWK
14
TURKEY VULTURE
20
BALD EAGLE
27
MERLIN
36
CRESTED CARACARA
42
HOOKBILLED KITE
50
FERRUGINOUS HAWK
135
GRAY HAWK
142
WHITETAILED KITE
148
AMERICAN KESTREL
156
PRAIRIE FALCON
163
COMMON BLACKHAWK
171
OSPREY
178
zonetailed hawk
188

WHITETAILED HAWK
56
IO REDTAILED HAWK
62
SHARPSHINNED HAWK
70
REDSHOULDERED HAWK
80
HARRIS HAWK
88
BLACK VULTURE
95
NORTHERN HARRIER
103
PEREGRINE FALCON III
111
SWAINSONS HAWK
121
SNAIL KITE
128
american swallowtailed kite
194
mississippi kite
202
broadwinged hawk
209
coopers hawk
219
roughlegged hawk
226
golden eagle
236
california condor
248
Bibliography
259
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PETE DUNNE is the author of many books, including Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion , Pete Dunne on Bird Watching , and most recently Prairie Spring , the first in a four-book series on the seasons. He is the vice president of the New Jersey Audubon Society and director of its Cape May Bird Observatory. David Sibley is the author of The Sibley Guide to Birds and several other books.

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