Dragonflies (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 106) by Stephen Brooks, Philip Corbet

By Stephen Brooks, Philip Corbet

Dragonflies are one of the such a lot historic of residing creatures – few insect teams fascinate as a lot or are extra instantly recognisable. during this seminal new paintings, Philip Corbet and Stephen Brooks study the behaviour, ecology and distribution of dragonflies in Britain and eire, putting emphasis at the insects' habitats and likewise on measures had to preserve them. released in 1960 – with Philip Corbet as contributing writer – quantity forty-one of the recent Naturalist sequence supplied the 1st in-depth learn of the biology of British dragonflies, supporting to motivate many folks to take an curiosity in those interesting bugs. during this new quantity, Corbet has teamed up with Stephen Brooks, providing a desirable outlook at the traditional heritage of dragonflies. The authors have mixed their wisdom and event to assist light up the relevance of British dragonfly species, putting them within the total context of typical heritage from a broader, all over the world viewpoint. Illustrated with attractive images all through, New Naturalist Dragonflies explores all facets of the organic value of dragonfly behaviour, therefore revealing the sweetness and hidden complexity of those strong, agile, flying predators.

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This and young spend the rest of form is generally found the year at sea. in the Pacific Ocean. Migrant 17–20 ½ in (43–52 cm) 20–23 oz (575–650 g) No nest; single egg laid on rock or grass, on exposed ledges, cliff slopes 1 egg; 1 brood Least Concern Flocks/colonies ALBATROSSES, PETRELS, AND SHEARWATERS | PROCELLARIIDAE Land predator Feeding on land as well as at sea, the southern giant petrel has two color forms. The more common form has mottled gray plumage. 8–5 kg) Shallow depression in ground, bordered with stone and dry vegetation 1 egg; 1 brood Least Concern Colonies 59 tubular nostrils Macronectes giganteus SOUTHERN GIANT PETREL Large and aggressive, the southern giant petrel is a highly opportunistic seabird with a lifestyle that is partly predatory and partly scavenging.

The sitting bird guides its partner by making a strange wailing sound—even if thousands of birds may be calling, each one manages to find its mate. It takes 10 weeks for the chick to fledge, nourished by supplies of regurgitated oily food. Once the chicks can fly, the birds migrate south until the following year. 62 GREBES Relatively few in terms of species, grebes are highly distinctive, fish-eating birds found all over the world. Propelled by their toes and waterproofed by lustrous feathers, they are widespread inhabitants of calm lakes and waterways.

SIMILAR SPECIES ash-gray upperparts Gray-headed albatross Black bill with yellow ridges; white crescent behind eye gray-black upperparts Laysan albatross Black patch around eye; pink bill with dark tip Thalassarche melanophris BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS Named for its charcoal-colored “eyebrows,” the black-browed albatross is an inhabitant of the southern oceans, soaring over windswept seas as far south as Antarctica. 142). However, unlike a gull, this albatross spends most of its time on the wing, often roaming hundreds of miles from the coast in search of food.

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