Stock Image

Far from Land: The Mysterious Lives of Seabirds

Brooke, Michael

ISBN 10: 0691174180 / ISBN 13: 9780691174181
Published by Princeton University Press
New Condition: New Hardcover
From Kennys Bookstore (Olney, MD, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since October 9, 2009 Seller Rating 5-star rating

Quantity Available: 2

Buy New
Price: US$ 32.03 Convert Currency
Shipping: Free Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

2018. Hardcover. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780691174181

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Far from Land: The Mysterious Lives of ...

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

About this title

Synopsis:

The lives and activities of seabirds as you’ve never seen them before

Seabirds evoke the spirit of the earth's wildest places. They spend large portions of their lives at sea, often far from land, and nest on beautiful and remote islands that humans rarely visit. Thanks to the development of increasingly sophisticated and miniaturized devices that can track their every movement and behavior, it is now possible to observe the mysterious lives of these remarkable creatures as never before. This beautifully illustrated book takes you on a breathtaking journey around the globe to reveal where these birds actually go when they roam the sea, the tactics they employ to traverse vast tracts of ocean, the strategies they use to evade threats, and more.

Michael Brooke has visited every corner of the world in his lifelong pursuit of seabirds. Here, he draws on his own experiences and insights as well as the latest cutting-edge science to shed light on the elusive seafaring lives of albatrosses, frigatebirds, cormorants, and other ocean wanderers. Where do puffins go in the winter? How deep do penguins dive? From how far away can an albatross spot a fishing vessel worth following for its next meal? Brooke addresses these and other questions in this delightful book. Along the way, he reveals that seabirds are not the aimless wind-tossed creatures they may appear to be and explains the observational innovations that are driving this exciting area of research.

Featuring illustrations by renowned artist Bruce Pearson and packed with intriguing facts, Far from Land provides an extraordinary up-close look at the activities of seabirds.

From the Back Cover:

"Cutting-edge technology has at last enabled scientists to solve the riddle of what seabirds do in winter--far from the eyes of human observers. Michael Brooke writes with passion, humor, and a lifetime's experience, superbly evoking all the mystery and romance of these most alluring of birds."--Katrina van Grouw, author of The Unfeathered Bird

"For centuries, seafarers have marveled at the ability of seabirds to survive in some of the remotest of the world's oceans. How do these birds find their food? How do they migrate thousands of miles each year? What adaptations and strategies allow them to live in challenging marine environments around the world? These are just some of the questions Brooke answers in this insightful and compelling book."--Dr. Eric Woehler, University of Tasmania

"An amazing journey over the horizon with one of our greatest seabird biologists. These new discoveries will be vital for conservation efforts to ensure we continue to share the seas with these magnificent ocean wanderers."--Nick Davies, University of Cambridge

"Michael Brooke's eminently readable book simply and clearly explains how the digital revolution has transformed our knowledge of the once mysterious lives of seabirds at sea. I'm confident that this entertaining and wide-ranging book will appeal to a broad audience, from the lay public to seabird biologists."--Peter Ryan, director of the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town

"Knowledge about the lives of seabirds has taken a quantum leap in the past two decades, with technological advances providing details of seabird activity when they are far from land. Brooke's book engagingly discusses how these recent findings have transformed our understanding of seabird natural history."--George Divoky, founder and director of Friends of Cooper Island

"Seabirds are foragers who venture to sea in search for food. Increasingly, we are learning about their quests thanks to exciting new methods like microelectronic biologging, which Michael Brooke summarizes beautifully in the context of seabirds' natural-history patterns."--David G. Ainley, coeditor of Seabirds of the Farallon Islands

"This is among the best written popular science books on birds I have come across. Anyone interested in birds will enjoy Far from Land."--Tim Birkhead, coauthor of Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin

"A milestone that fills an important gap in the available literature on this rapidly expanding field."--Christopher Perrins, editor of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Birds

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

We carry a comprehensive range of out of print and rare books.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web
sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as
Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund
within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. For any queries please use the contact seller link or send an email to books@kennys.ie,

Conor Kenny


Shipping Terms:

All books securely packaged. Some books ship from Ireland.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express