Those with Webbed Feet
All about the British Ducks, Geese and Swans
An informative, entertaining and educational guide to the British ducks, geese and swans, covering 34 species of birds. It has been designed to enthuse and encourage young readers but is equally appealing to anyone with a new interest in birds, especially waterfowl. The book embraces the fascinations and fundamentals associated with this family of birds, including, where appropriate, their domestic rearing and aviculture. Author: Edward Giles
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 14 August 2017
Format and Pages: Paperback 160pp
Retail Price: £12.99
Our Discount Price: £10.40
Sample text from Those with Webbed Feet
Did you know?
The Bewick’s swan takes its name from the acclaimed wood engraver, artist, and naturalist Thomas Bewick who lived from 1753-1828.
The Bewick’s swan is the smallest of the swans in Britain. Males and females differ in size but have identical plumage; youngsters are grey with pinkish bills.
Often migrate and winter in family parties. This can be up to four generations; joining with other families to form large congregations. They are comfortable on land, Bewick’s spend more time grazing than the other swans.
Large estuaries and shallow tundra pools in Siberia are used. In winter, they prefer shallower coastal areas, estuaries and flooded meadows, including the WWT Slimbridge centre.
A softer and more musical resonance than Whoopers; when alarmed, a ‘howk’ is repeated.
Small islands along river estuaries, plus lakes and the edges of tundra pools.
At times, you may observe a duck or even a goose that neither looks or sounds familiar and doesn’t feature in any of your field guides and identification books. Unlike the songbirds that dart from tree to tree and in and out of bushes or hedgerows, waterfowl are comparatively much easier to watch. The patterning and distinctiveness of their plumage – males more so than females between species – also makes for easier identification. Therefore, if you see a bird that doesn’t match any in this book or another on waterfowl bear in mind the following.
In light of the many ways to occupy our time these days, the possibility of having a collection of ducks and geese in your own garden or piece of land is not always the obvious choice. However, not only does it provide a great way to enjoy more of the outdoors but also much excitement as different events play out throughout the waterfowl’s calendar year. It also does not require a great expanse of water or open field for them to roam. A small pond with a reasonable surround of plants and shrubs will satisfy a few pairs of ducks or geese or perhaps both!
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Reviews and readers' comments
The main aim of Those with Webbed Feet is to introduce waterfowl to youngsters in their teens. It is bright and cheerful and easily competes with digital media, as a delightful thing to have in the hand. I can see this becoming a firm favourite to bring generations together over a shared interest. Along with essential information to understand and identify each species, the book’s characterful and animated style is complemented by lots of ‘Fun Facts’, quiz questions and hand-drawn illustrations.
We concur. It is a cracker and we look forward to more from Edward Giles. --- British Waterfowl Association
This is a delightful book aimed principally at younger readers who have an interest in either watching or keeping waterfowl… Those With Webbed Feet is a good starting point for those with little or no prior knowledge of waterfowl either in the wild or in domestic collections. The material provided is informative and relevant throughout and offers the reader a good basic understanding of the habits and habitats of waterfowl to be found in the UK. - Dr Alan Woollhead, The Biologist
This really quirky book … is a fact-filled treasure trove which asks to be dipped into or read cover to cover. I really like the style of the book with short notes about distribution, behaviour, habitat, voice, breeding and key facts for the main species. The notes are presented in a user-friendly way that should appeal to all ages. Edward's illustrations are gems in themselves. -- Dr. Nick Carter, former director of Development at BTO
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