Since the publication of the first edition of Falcons of North America 13 years ago, advances in technology have revolutionized the study of falcons. This updated and revised second edition contains completely new classifications of the six North American falcon species based on DNA studies. Population trends are explored, with discussions of the mysterious decline of the American Kestrel and the impact of global warming on falcons, particularly the arctic-dwelling Gyrfalcon. Davis also includes fascinating details on one of the greatest conservation success stories—that of the Peregrine Falcon—from a brush with extinction in North America to greater populations than ever before, even thriving as city dwellers across the continent.
Fast, fierce, bold, and beautiful a falcon in flight is one of the most thrilling sights in nature. With an unprecedented collection of some of the most extraordinary falcon photographs ever taken, Falcons of North America allows readers to witness these magnificent, enigmatic birds of prey practicing aerial maneuvers, hunting ducks, or attacking pelicans four times their size.
"It should be no surprise if many people buy this book for the photos alone, because they are superb--both stunning and unique. But a glance at the text, which is eminently worth reading, draws a reader further into a raptor's world. The considerable amount of interesting information new to this edition makes it an excellent survey of the biology of North American falcons, written in a style that transmits the author's passion for the fascinating creatures that they are."