Majestic and captivating, eagles are a rare sight in the UK as only two of the 60 different species can be spotted here, and even then their territory is predominantly the Scottish Highlands. However, despite their elusiveness, the golden eagle and the white-tailed eagle have made their mark, becoming the topic of choice for Mike Unwin in the latest edition of the RSPB Spotlight book series.
These impressive hunters, who are large in size and have remarkable flying skills, have a fascinating history which Mike proclaims in this glossy paperback filled with striking photography. He delves into their origins, classifications of UK eagles, and the subspecies of eagles in the ‘ancestors and relatives’ chapter, and in ‘threats and enemies’ discovers natural dangers and larger wild animals that could be problematic for these elegant birds, as well as the impact of pollution and man-made threats. You can also gain an understanding of eagles in culture, and how to protect and enjoy them.
Mike explores the relationship between humans and eagles, where to see them – if you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of them – and gives you an in-depth idea of their biology, lifestyle and how they raise their young. He also shows how the golden eagle and the white-tailed eagle fit into the wider world of eagles and their role.
A true insight into a dominant predator from above, RSPB Spotlight: Eagles opens your eyes to one of the UK’s most remarkable hunters.
RSPB Spotlight: Eagles by Mike Unwin, published by Bloomsbury Natural History www.bloomsbury.com, RRP £9.99.
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