The Birds and Marine Mammals of the Antarctic Continent and the Southern Ocean
This fully updated new edition of the award-winning Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife is without doubt the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to the wildlife and natural history of the vast and beautiful Antarctic region. Covering the Antarctic continent, the southern ocean, and the subantarctic islands, this guide illustrates all of the region's breeding birds, nonbreeding species and marine mammals with not less than 920 (!) stunning colour photographs and 544 pages. In addition it features distribution maps and up-to-date species accounts expertly detailing abundance, seasonal status, and conservation prospects.
Regional chapters describe all of the subantarctic islands, in addition to most regularly visited sites in Antarctica, and are accompanied by maps of each area and photographs of each locale. These chapters present detailed information on geography, climate, geology, general ecology, and flora. They also address conservation efforts – past, present, and planned. The book concludes with practical information about visiting the area, including details on the best-available landing sites and notes on seasonal weather conditions.
This is an indispensable companion for a trip far south, as well as an informative volume for anyone interested in the Antarctic region's remarkable, occasionally strange, and frequently beautiful animals. It probably is the most complete general work on the topic ever produced. Just fantastic!