A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America by Sheri Williamson

By Sheri Williamson

Это наиболее детальный определитель колибри, характеризующий 31 североамериканский вид и снабженный 250 цветными фотографиями и 33 картами. Во вводной главе изложена естественная история колибри, способы их привлечения и кормления, а также места в США и Канаде, наиболее удобные для наблюдения колибри. На 31 цветной вкладке приведены иллюстрации 28 видов, 7 гибридных комбинаций, three формы альбиносов и four вида бабочек-бражников, часто принимаемых за колибри. Описание видов включает информацию о песнях и сигналах, шорохе крыльев, сходных видах, поведении, местообитаниях, распространении, систематике, охранном статусе. Для некоторых распространенных мигрирующих видов приведены даты ожидаемого весеннего прилета.
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For obvious reasons the process is rigorous. Some conservationists argue that it’s too rigorous, that it doesn’t allow anglers to catch and release a fish for fear of missing out on a record. I address this debate in the Afterword at the end of the book. Fishermen vie for records in a multitude of line classes but the stories in this book deal with all-tackle world records (except for Stacey Parkerson’s Pacific blue marlin, which is remarkable because it was caught on a fly. ). As the title says, these are the biggest fish ever caught.

Harper told him all he had left was the head, which he’d saved to mount. Newly released photos of Mabry Harper’s fish, shown here with his wife, Mary, were used to vindicate the plumber’s catch. Courtesy of the Harper Family and John Oliver Harper was over the moon. He registered the fish with Field & Stream magazine, the Henry Holt-owned publication that kept official fishing records in the sixties. Then he did countless interviews with sportswriters from across the country, and his wife kept all the clippings she could get her hands on.

As excited as he was about going after these vicious predators, he was just as intrigued by the wild country they inhabited. “I took a picture of the fer-de-lance, one of the most venomous snakes in the Amazon,” he says. ” After that he spotted an eighteen-foot anaconda, then a twenty-two-foot anaconda—and the fabled big cat. ” The fishing and fauna were spectacular, but so were the other sights: the river itself, the jungle, the indigenous culture. ” On his very last day, Jensen made the catch.

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