Migration Hotspots: The World's Best Bird Migration Sites
Each spring and autumn hundreds of millions of birds - wildfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and passerines - migrate between higher and lower latitudes, or in some cases between high latitudes in the northern hemisphere and high latitudes in the southern hemisphere. In a handful of places around the world, a combination of geography, topography and climate combine to funnel migrant birds into narrow fronts, leading to migration hotspots, places where, for a few days each year, birds seem to be everywhere. The sight of thousands upon thousands of birds is one of nature's greatest wildlife spectacles. Migration Hotspots takes a look at 30 of the locations where the planet's most dramatic bird migration can be witnessed, from raptor bottlenecks such as Veracruz (Mexico) and the Strait of Messina (Italy) to places like Point Pelee (Canada) and Beidaihe (China) where spectacular falls of songbirds can take place. And from wetlands where huge numbers of waders stop over each spring and autumn to the great rarity islands of Scilly and Heligoland. The book covers each of the world's major avian flyways and features stunning photography throughout. The geographical reasons for the importance of each hotspot are explained, with a summary of the different birds that pass through and the best times of year to see them, and an introductory chapter summarises birds' migration strategies.
Tim Harris has been fascinated by bird migration since as a young boy he witnessed Swallows flying in off the sea at Selsey Bill, while terns streamed past and recently arrived warblers sang from scrub. He has since been birding in more than 40 countries and has been inspired over and over again by the sights and sounds of migration on all the world's major migration flyways. Tim was Deputy Editor of Birdwatch magazine between 1992 and 2000. He contributed to National Geographic's Complete Birds of the World, has written numerous articles and children's books about birds.
FOREWORD 5 INTRODUCTION 7 Point Reyes, United States 20 Point Pelee, Canada 26 Cape May, United States 36 Upper Texas Coast, United States 44 South Padre Island, United States 50 Veracruz, Mexico 56 Panama City, Panama 60 Falsterbo, Sweden 64 Matsalu Bay, Estonia 70 Heligoland, Germany 76 Yorkshire Coast, United Kingdom 84 Portland, United Kingdom 88 Scilly, United Kingdom 94 Cape Clear, Ireland 100 Tarifa, Spain 106 Messina, Italy 112 Hortobagy, Hungary 116 Via Pontica, Bulgaria 122 Lesvos, Greece 128 Batumi, Georgia 134 Eilat, Israel 142 Ras Mohammed & Hurghada, Egypt 152 East African Rift Valley Lakes, Kenya 158 Chokpak & Korgalzhyn, Kazakhstan 168 Rann of Kutch, India 174 Beidaihe, China 180 Mai Po, Hong Kong 190 Chumphon, Thailand 196 Fraser's Hill, Malaysia 200 Moreton Bay, Australia 206 REFERENCES 214 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 218 INDEX 220