Wild Geese.

By M A Ogilvie

Printed: 1978

Publisher: T & D A Poyer. Berkhamsted

Dimensions 17 × 24 × 3 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 17 x 24 x 3

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In the original dustsheet. Brown cloth binding with gilt title on the spine.

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In range, Wild Geese covers the geese of North America, Europe and Asia, and thus the world species except for the Hawaiian Goose or Ne-Ne. The plan of the book is similar to the author’s Ducks of Britain and Europe but distribution, status and migration rightly assume a more extensive role in Wild Geese and the detailed text on those subjects is fully complemented by migration and distribution maps. Comprehensive chapters are also devoted to classification, ecology, breeding, identification, and to exploitation and conservation. The identification chapter is especially helpful with sections on adult and first winter birds, downy young, plumage variants and voice, for each species and sub-species, as well as guidance on ageing and sexing geese in the field. The text is effectively supported by 16 identification plates in colour by Carol Ogilvie, showing details of heads and bills as well as all species in flight and on the ground, and downy young. The author is an established authority on ducks and geese and has been a research scientist at the Wildfowl Trust, Slimbridge, England, since 1960.

Review: This book is a good companion volume for the author’s other book entitled Ducks of Britain and Europe.

The book has 8 chapters covering: – classification,identification,ecology,breeding,population dynamics,distribution,migration and conservation.

An excellent text but the pictures are all in one group of pages instead of being spread throughout the book.

Dr Malcolm Alexander Ogilvie is a British ornithologist and freelance natural history author and consultant. One of his areas of expertise is wildfowl. Ogilvie was a research scientist with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust from 1960 to 1986, also editing their journal, Wildfowl, from 1966 to 1986. Until 1997 he was a member of the British Birds editorial board and a member of the editorial board of the handbook The Birds of the Western Palearctic. He has been a fully qualified bird ringer since 1958. He is a past regional representative for the British Trust for Ornithology, and is the vice-county plant recorder for South Ebudes for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Ogilvie has been resident on the island of Islay since 1986. He is married to Carol and has two daughters, Isla and Heather.

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