Raptor biology has evolved enormously since the publication of the original edition of this book under the title Veterinary Aspects of Captive Birds of Prey. With the help of leading international experts, John E. Cooper has updated and expanded this classic reference to include all the latest data on the health and diseases of raptors. While still serving the needs of veterinary surgeons who treat birds of prey, Birds of Prey: Health & Disease also appeals to a wide readership of falconers, avian researchers, breeders, rehabilitators and zoo staff. Important changes to this new edition are the inclusion of data on free-living birds, additional material on fractures, pathology, legislation and poisons, and new sections on neonatology, health monitoring, captive-breeding and host-parasite relations. This book reviews all aspects of birds of prey, giving invaluable up-to-date information on diseases and pathology, but also looking at the history of the subject, the origins of terms, the evolution of current thinking and ending with a reliable list of primary references for further reading.
This study explodes prevailing myths about the Phoenix Program, the CIA's top-secret effort to destroy the Viet Cong by neutralizing its “civilian” leaders. Drawing on recently declassified documents and interviews with American, South Vietnamese, and North Vietnamese sources, Mark Moyar examines the attempts to eradicate the Viet Cong infrastructure and analyzes their effectiveness. He addresses misconceptions about these efforts and provides an accurate, complete picture of the allies’ decapitation of the Viet Cong shadow government. Combining social and political history with a study of military operations, Moyar offers a fresh interpretation of the crucial role the shadow government played in the Viet Cong's ascent. Detailed accounts of intelligence operations provide an insider’s view of their development and reveal what really happened in the safe havens of the Viet Cong. Filled with new information, Moyar’s study sets the record straight about one of the last secrets of the Vietnam War and offers poignant lessons for dealing with future Third World insurgencies. This Bison Books edition includes a new preface and chapter by the author.
Falcon Pocket Guide: Birds of Prey is a field guide to the 55 birds of prey in North America. Anatomically correct illustrations of the birds in flight and on the ground and detailed descriptions about each bird's prominent physical attributes and natural habitat make it easy to identify birds in your backyard, favorite parks, and wildlife areas. Informative and beautiful to peruse, this is the essential resource when you're out in the field. Falcon Pocket Guides are full-color, visually appealing, on-the-go guides for identifying plants and animals and learning about nature.
Illustrated field guide to diurnal raptors, a bird group that many people find among the most difficult birds to identify. Raptors are popular and iconic birds, & important ecologically as well as in legislation. Also provides a brief overview of the biology of raptors &an indication of current state of knowledge on them.
With wingspans that can measure upward of seven feet, huge hooked beaks, and a reputation for their quiet elegance in the air, eagles remain one of the most impressive birds of prey in the world. In this new guide, brilliant full-color photographs give the reader an "eyewitness" view of the world of eagles, vultures, hawks, kites, owls, falcons, and other birds of prey. See a secretary bird stamping on a snake, a kestrel hovering in midair, a tawny eagle in flight across the page, and a burrowing owl coming out of its burrow. Learn what an eagle''s bones and muscles look like, how falconers train hawks, falcons, and other birds, what steppe eagles eat in winter, and how Harris'' hawks hunt in teams. Discover how an alula helps birds to fly, which bird of prey has talons as big as a grizzly bear''s claws, how vultures can fly for hours with scarcely a flap of their wings, and much, much more. Discover the world of birds of prey how they grow, fly, live, and hunt
Birds of Prey is the fictional story of a notorious serial killer, thought to have been caught by the FBI and executed in West Virginia only to resurface ten years later in Southern California. The discovery by CHP Lieutenant Philip DiMarco of freshly dug graves in the Mojave Desert that bear the murderer's signature puts DiMarco in the middle of a nationwide manhunt by a task force of multiple law enforcement agencies for a militarily trained sociopath. The ensuing trail of murder leads to an intense cat-and-mouse game between the forces of good and evil, which becomes entangled in the politics of Washington, DC. As the task force gets closer to the killer only to be outmaneuvered and the death toll mounts, pressure intensifies from the highest levels of the federal government for his capture or termination. Frustrated with the lack of successful operations, Lieutenant DiMarco realizes the only avenue to success is to behave and think like the killer, which reveals the fine line that separates the hunter from his prey during the pursuit.