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The Eagle Watchers

Eagles have fascinated humans for millennia. For some, the glimpse of a distant eagle instantly becomes a treasured lifelong memory. Others may never encounter a wild eagle in their lifetime. This book was written by people who have dedicated years to the study of eagles, to provide an insider's view for all readers, but especially those who have never been up close and personal with these magnificent yet often misunderstood creatures. In their stories, twenty-nine leading eagle researchers share their remarkable field experiences, providing personal narratives that don't feature in their scientific publications. They tell of their fear at being stalked by grizzly bears, their surprise at being followed by the secret police, their embarrassment when accidentally firing mortar rockets over a school gymnasium, and their sense of awe at tracking eagles via satellite. The reader experiences the cultural shock of being guest of honor at a circumcision ceremony, the absurdity of sharing an aquatic car with the Khmer Rouge, and the sense of foreboding at being press-ganged into a frenzied tribal death march through the jungle. The Eagle Watchers covers twenty-four species on six continents, from well known (bald eagle; golden eagle), to obscure (black-and-chestnut eagle; New Guinea harpy eagle), and from common (African fish eagle) to critically endangered (Philippine eagle; Madagascar fish eagle). The diverse experiences vividly described in this book reveal the passion, dedication, and sense of adventure shared by those who study these majestic birds and strive for their conservation. Featuring stunning color photographs of the eagles, information on raptor conservation, a global list of all eagle species with ranges and conservation status, and a color map of the sites visited in the book, The Eagle Watchers will appeal to birders, conservationists, and adventure travelers alike. To further support the conservation programs described in this book, all royalties are being donated to two leading nonprofit organizations for raptor conservation training and fieldwork: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Intern Program and the National Birds of Prey Trust. Contributors: Bill Clark (Solitary Eagle, Mexico); Rob Davies (Verreaux's Eagle, South Africa); Miguel Ferrer (Spanish Imperial Eagle, Spain); Martin Gilbert (New Guinea Harpy Eagle, New Guinea); Justin Grant (White-tailed Sea Eagle, Scotland); Teryl G. Grubb (Bald Eagle, United States); Alan R. Harmata (Bald Eagle, United States); Bjorn Helander (White-tailed Sea Eagle, Sweden); Andrew Jenkins (Martial Eagle, South Africa); Sarah Karpanty (Madagascar Serpent Eagle, Madagascar); Todd E. Katzner (Eastern Imperial Eagle, Kazakhstan); John A. Love (White-tailed Sea Eagle, Scotland); Carol McIntyre (Golden Eagle, United States); Bernd-U. Meyburg (Lesser Spotted Eagle, Czechoslovakia and Germany); Hector C. Miranda Jr. (Philippine Eagle, Philippines); Malcolm Nicoll (Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Cambodia); Vincent Nijman (Javan Hawk-Eagle, Indonesia); Penny Olsen (Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australia); Keisuke Saito (Steller's Sea Eagle, Japan); Susanne Shultz (African Crowned Eagle, Ivory Coast); Robert E. Simmons (Wahlberg's Eagle, South Africa); Ruth E. Tingay (Madagascar Fish Eagle, Madagascar); Janeene Touchton (Harpy Eagle, Panama); Ursula Valdez (Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Peru); Munir Z. Virani (African Fish Eagle, Kenya); Jeff Watson (Golden Eagle, Scotland); Mark Watson (New Guinea Harpy Eagle, New Guinea); Richard T. Watson (Bateleur, South Africa); Jason Wiersma (White-bellied Sea Eagle, Tasmania)
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Table of Contents

Foreword Keith L. Bildstein and Jemima Parry-Jones Preface Ruth E. Tingay and Todd E. Katzner 1. Eagle Diversity, Ecology, and Conservation Todd E. Katzner and Ruth E. Tingay 2. New Guinea Harpy Eagle Mark Watson (New Guinea) and Martin Gilbert (New Guinea) 3. Golden Eagle Carol McIntyre (USA) and Jeff Watson (Scotland) 4. Lesser Spotted Eagle Bernd-U Meyburg (Czechoslovakia & Germany) 5. Wedge-tailed Eagle Penny Olsen (Australia) 6. Madagascar Serpent Eagle Sarah Karpanty (Madagascar) 7. Bald Eagle Alan R. Harmata (USA) and Teryl G. Grubb (USA) 8. Verreaux's Eagle Rob Davies (South Africa) 9. Eastern Imperial Eagle Todd E. Katzner (Kazakhstan) 10. Steller's Sea Eagle Keisuke Saito (Japan) 11. Spanish Imperial Eagle Miguel Ferrer (Spain) 12. Madagascar Fish Eagle Ruth E. Tingay (Madagascar) 13. African Crowned Eagle Susanne Shultz (Ivory Coast) 14. Grey-headed Fishing Eagle Malcolm Nicoll (Cambodia) 15. Wahlberg's Eagle Robert E. Simmons (South Africa) 16. Solitary Eagle Bill Clark (Mexico) 17. Javan Hawk-Eagle Vincent Nijman (Indonesia) 18. African Fish Eagle Munir Z. Virani (Kenya) 19. Bateleur Richard T. Watson (South Africa) 20. Harpy Eagle Janeene Touchton (Panama) 21. White-bellied Sea Eagle Jason Wiersma (Tasmania) 22. Martial Eagle Andrew Jenkins (South Africa) 23. White-tailed Sea Eagle Justin Grant (Scotland), Bjorn Helander (Sweden), and John A. Love (Scotland) 24. Black-and-chestnut Eagle Ursula Valdez (Peru) 25 Philippine Eagle Hector C. Miranda Jr. (Philippines) Appendix: Conservation Status of the Worlds Eagles Further Reading

About the Author

Ruth Tingay is a wildlife ecologist and studies eagles in Scotland, Madagascar, Cambodia, the Solomon Islands,and Mongolia. She is the current President of the Raptor Research Foundation. Todd E. Katzner is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and at Duquesne University. He studies eagles in Kazakhstan, the Philippines, and the United States. Keith L. Bildstein is Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science at the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.He is the author of Raptors: The Curious Nature of Diurnal Birds of Prey andMigrating Raptors of the World: Their Ecology and Conservation, both from Cornell, and White Ibis: Wetland Wanderer, coauthor of The Raptor Migration Watch-Site Manual and Raptor Watch: A Global Directory of Raptor Migration Sites, and coeditor of many books, including most recently The State of North America's Birds of Prey. Jemima Parry-Jones, MBE, is director of the International Centre for Birds of Prey.


"The Eagle Watchers is literary alchemy, putting an engaging, human face to the great birds of prey that have, since the beginning of human history, awed and inspired us. It has already won a strategic spot on my bookshelf but that honor still awaits a time when the book finds itself free of my hands."-Pete Dunne, Vice-president New Jersey Audubon Society "Eagles are the most riveting of all the world's wild birds-and eagle biologists, who brave some of the harshest conditions on the planet, are among the most intrepid of scientists. The Eagle Watchers explores the twinned worlds of observer and observed, from the rain forests of Asia, Africa and South America to the steppes of Kazakhstan and the mountains of Alaska, with dozens of ornithologists who recount experiences with poachers, land mines, wilderness camps, guerrillas and even a tense face-off between warring New Guinea tribesmen-all to learn more about some of the world's 75 species of eagles."-Scott Weidensaul, author, Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding

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