Raptor: A Journey Through Birds by James Macdonald LockhartRaptor: A Journey Through Birds by James Macdonald Lockhart

Raptor: A Journey Through Birds

byJames Macdonald Lockhart

Hardcover | April 7, 2017

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From the merlin to the golden eagle, the goshawk to the honey buzzard, James Macdonald Lockhart’s stunning debut is a quest of beak, talon, wing, and sky. On its surface, Raptor is a journey across the British Isles in search of fifteen species of birds of prey, but as Lockhart seeks out these elusive predators, his quest becomes so much more: an incomparably elegant elegy on the beauty of the British landscape and, through the birds, a journey toward understanding an awesome power at the heart of the natural world—a power that is majestic and frightening in its strength, but also fragile.

Taking as his guide the nineteenth-century Scottish naturalist and artist William MacGillivray, Lockhart loosely follows the historical trail forged by MacGillivray as he ventured from Aberdeen to London filling his pockets with plants and writing and illustrating the canonical A History of British Birds. Linking his journey to that of his muse, Lockhart shares his own encounters with raptors ranging from the scarce osprey to the successfully reintroduced red kite, a species once protected by medieval royal statute, revealing with poetic immediacy the extraordinary behaviors of these birds and the extreme environments they call home.

Creatures both worshipped and reviled, raptors have a talon-hold on the human heart and imagination. With his book, Lockhart unravels these complicated ties in a work by turns reverent and euphoric—an interweaving of history, travel, and nature writing at its best. A hymn to wanderers, to the land and to the sky, and especially to the birds, Raptor soars.
James Macdonald Lockhart was born in 1975. Raptor is his first book and the recipient of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction. He lives in Warwickshire, United Kingdom.
Title:Raptor: A Journey Through BirdsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:April 7, 2017Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022647058X

ISBN - 13:9780226470580


Table of Contents

I Hen Harrier
II Merlin
III Golden Eagle
IV Osprey
V Sea Eagle
VI Goshawk
VII Kestrel
VIII Montagu’s Harrier
IX Peregrine Falcon
X Red Kite
XI Marsh Harrier
XII Honey Buzzard
XIII Hobby
XIV Buzzard
XV Sparrowhawk


Editorial Reviews

“Difficult to put down . . . [and] so enjoyable to read. Lockhart writes very well, painting beautiful verbal pictures of the wild raptors, the landscapes in which he finds them, and the people who occupy those often bleak districts, to say nothing of sometimes atrocious weather that he encounters. . . . Eminently readable and informative. I recommend it.”