Download PDF by Rob Hume: RSPB Complete Birds of Britain and Europe

By Rob Hume

ISBN-10: 0751373540

ISBN-13: 9780751373547

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Sand dunes, shingle spits, shell banks, and sand or pebble beaches all provide habitats for birds on low-lying shores. The twice-daily flow of the tides also enriches the intertidal mud and sand with nutrients. Birds from vast areas of northern Europe and Asia rely on such estuaries from autumn right through to late spring as they rarely freeze over. During those seasons swimmers, divers, waders, probers, and aerial feeders all exploit the food that is to be found in the mud, sand, and shallow water.

4 NORTH PENNINES, ENGLAND This is rolling moorland with heather and limestone grassland, dissected by wooded valleys and rocky gulleys with tumbling streams. Many Golden Plovers, Curlews, Wheatears, Snipe, Meadow Pipits, and Skylarks breed, as well as a few Merlins, Short-eared Owls, Dunlins, Dippers, Twites, Whinchats, Stonechats, and Ring Ouzels. 2 DOVREFJELL, NORWAY This national park has a mix of bogs, lakes, woodland, snowfields, and mountain peaks and plateaux. Here there are Rough-legged Buzzards, Cranes, Dotterels, Temminck’s Stints, Rednecked Phalaropes, Shore Larks, Bramblings, and Lapland and Snow Buntings in summer.

A special bill with a fleshy “rosette” at the base helps the Puffin to keep the edges of its mandibles parallel as it opens them, so that it can carry a line of fish neatly held tight with its tongue. A cushioned skull and air sacs on the head and neck help the Gannet to survive its spectacular 30m (100ft) plunges into the sea for fish. Tubular nostrils on shearwaters and petrels – known as “tubenoses” – help GANNETS them to excrete excess salt. (necessary because they mainly drink salt water from the sea).

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