إنه كتابٌ صغير الحجم, ولكن الكتب صغيرة الحجم هي التي تتمتع غالبا بالديناميكية الأكثر غنى. It may not work as a conventional 'in the field guide' but will be invaluable to identify tracks and signs from photographs at home. Next a Goldfinch feather — easy enough to identify without a guide. The book then describes specific mammal species, providing information on size, distribution, behavior, habitat, and similar species, as well as more specific detail on tracks and scat. The volume seeks to enable the ornithologist to establish the presence of a species without necessarily encountering the bird itself. Well, there is a minor issue: the preface is very short, at a third of a page, and you only need to turn two pages to come face to face with the paw of a wolf. Similar tracks and signs of other species are discussed and ways of differentiating them are shown.
About this book This beautifully illustrated field guide enables you to easily identify the tracks and signs left by a wide variety of mammal and bird species found in Britain and Europe, covering behaviors ranging from hunting, foraging, and feeding to courtship, breeding, and nesting. And once you see the photo of a brown bear standing upright with water running off its claws so the bear looks like nosferatu, all critical thinking is deleted from your mind. This book is as visually impressive as it is useful in the field with many stunning full-page images to support the authoritative text. What I tend to do instead is take photographs of any tracks or signs I see using my phone, make any additional notes I think relevant, and then use the book as a reference guide when I get back. There are chapters on feeding signs, homes, droppings, pellets and tracks of creatures including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibian and insects, with each divided into simple sections. They are usually curved or twisted, but they are never forked like antlers.
A useful addition to the literature on tracks and signs, which adds to the previously available guides. Confusingly, Olsen has strikingly similar paintings, but with different incisor marks to illustrate the work of the Bank Vole. One needs to be focussed in order to extract all the useful bits of information from a fleeting glimpse, and one needs to combine all these pieces correctly to reach a substantiated interpretation. A Willow Ptarmigan was surprised by a Golden Eagle , and the eagle was lucky; it managed to push the ptarmigan into the snow, drive its claws into its victim, and fly away with its prey. Introductory chapters offer detailed drawings of footprints and tracks of large and small mammals, which are followed by sections on mammal scat, bird droppings, and the feeding signs of animals on food sources such as nuts, cones, and rose hips. By springtime, the first crocuses were attracting the attention of House Sparrows. And once you see the photo of a brown bear standing upright with water running off its claws so the bear looks like nosferatu, all critical thinking is deleted from your mind.
Helps you easily identify the tracks and signs of a variety of mammals and birds Covers 175 species Illustrated throughout with photos, drawings, and artwork ncludes informative descriptions of mammal species along with distribution maps Category: Nature Author : R. From gnaw marks on tree bark to tooth marks on mushrooms, stripped pine-cones, nuts and fruit — all can offer valuable clues to what animals have been feeding in an area. So what is one to think of the former? Olsen goes a little further, with a lot more text and images of bedding, as well as the quintessential sett. This indispensable field guide covers 175 species of mammals and birds, and features a wealth of stunning color photos and artwork throughout. Animal tracks sometimes tell a story. I also wish to emphasize that this is not only a book for European and British naturalists. This is very bad news for a group that is largely nocturnal and has adapted to a secretive lifestyle, and is thus best detected by its tracks and signs.
The full strength of the book however unfolds in the species accounts. Yes, tracking is a dirty job whose methods will not help to impress the ladies at the bar. A clearer structure would have also made the section on feeding signs a bit more easy to handle, and possibly a page or two could have been inserted to make clear that a certain section is now over and another chapter of the book begins. Nick is an experienced and well-travelled naturalist, and his book includes his international experiences. The book then describes specific mammal species, providing information on size, distribution, behavior, habitat, and similar species, as well as more specific detail on tracks and scat. Introductory chapters offer detailed drawings of footprints and tracks of large and small mammals, which are followed by sections on mammal scat, bird droppings, and the feeding signs of animals on food sources such as nuts, cones, and rose hips. How does Olsen's guide measure up? The information contained will help you identify many of the tracks and signs you find down to species level, or at least to a particular taxonomic group of animals for example, you may be able to identify goose prints in mud — but pinning down the species would be pretty much impossible.
The book starts with perhaps the signs everybody notices first, and most want to identify: mammal tracks. Through illustrations, photographs and informative text he goes on to offer a guide to at least narrow down the potential species through size, gait and other track characteristics. I also wish to emphasize that this is not only a book for European and British naturalists. The drawings and photographs are excellent throughout and the text is clear and concise. The species accounts include a description of the main field characters in case tracking an animal actually leads to an encouter! It also the different fray marks made on trees by deer with their antlers. The book then describes specific mammal species, providing information on size, distribution, behavior, habitat, and similar species, as well as more specific detail on tracks and scat. The chapters on feeding signs are simply outstanding.
Does this book help me? So here it is, the review of Tracks and Signs of the Animals and Birds of Britain and Europe by Lars-Henrik Olsen. Why we use them When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Distribution maps are also included. The 175 species covered in this guide offers a good cross-section of the most commonly encountered animal tracks and signs in Britain, Ireland and continental Europe. The introduction explains the basics of tracks and tracking, and the identification of the signs that you find. This is why sections of horn closest to the skull are the most recent, while those at the tip are the oldest.
As a young boy a few decades ago the images and artwork along with the many useful insights would have kept me enthralled for many an hour for sure, but I'm left wondering whether today's audience will be as captivated. Oddly, this seems to have disappeared from the newer edition, nor does Olsen mention this behaviour. True to the intentions of the book, all information provided is somehow related to tracking it or identifying its signs and tracks. Most of the the time wildlife watching is about time, patience and knowledge. Olsen has a photograph of a Goshawk astride a mass of black feathers — the remains of a Coot — which is probably not as helpful. A Mountain Hare and a Norway Lemming went by, either shortly beforehand or shortly thereafter—perhaps they were witnesses to the scene. This edition includes ten new plates of artwork, and covers a number of new species.