The Herring Gull

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Author Kees Camphuysen
Language Dutch
ISBN 9789045036045
Publisher Atlas Contact, Publishing
Pages 296
Format 21.6 x 14.6 x 2.3 cm
Binding method Paperback
Pictures with illustrations
Year of publication March 2018
On the basis of diary entries and the most recent gull research on Texel, Camphuysen describes the life of the Herring Gull.
By walking through the same colony for twelve consecutive years I got to know individual birds as personalities. I do not have to read their rings to know who they are. The acquaintance was in many cases mutual. Many seagulls know exactly who I am when I come, what I'll do. " It is this personal knowledge, supported by scientific research, that makes De Zilvermeeuw an extraordinary readable acquaintance with the world of one of our common but least understood birds. No one can appeal to prejudices after reading this fascinating monograph.
Kees Camphuysen is a marine ecologist at the Royal Institute for Sea Research and is an internationally respected seabird expert. In 2013 he obtained his doctorate on the ecology of the herring gull and the lesser black-backed gull. On you will find all books by Kees Camphuysen, including the latest book by Kees Camphuysen.
The reputation of herring gulls is not good: they make noise, tear up garbage bags and rob eggs and chicks from other birds. In this part of the 'Vogelserie' by Uitgeverij Atlas Contact, however, a much more nuanced picture of this 'robber' is given. The author, marine ecologist and seabird expert, combines diary entries made during a year during the long-term field research of gulls on Texel, with a broader view on the approach and usefulness of field research and a historical review of the fate of the herring gull in the Netherlands. The whole is cast in a pleasantly readable form, avoiding tables and graphs. This has succeeded in allowing the reader to live with the observed seagulls: these key players are, with their number codes, mentioned in the list of characters included in the back of the book, fraternally between all scientists. In addition to this list, an extensive list of notes is provided. Outside a color drawing of a herring gull on the cover unidentified. Bird lovers with an interest in field research will probably get a different view of gulls after reading this book. Ing. A. de Vries-Boekestein
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