South Georgia is rich in wildlife and spectacular scenery, and it is a prime destination spot on most Antarctic tours. This beautifully illustrated field guide depicts the birds, mammals, insects, flowering plants, and other vegetation found in this unique part of the world. It features 368 full-color photographs of more than 180 species, including 65 species of birds, 20 species of sea mammals, nearly 60 species of insects, and more than 40 species of flowering and nonflowering plants. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, with information on status, behavior, threats, and distribution. This one-of-a-kind photographic guide also includes introductory chapters on South Georgia’s geography, climate, ecology, and conservation.
- Features 368 photos of more than 180 species
- Covers birds, sea mammals, insects, and plants
- Provides detailed species accounts
- Includes chapters on geography, climate, ecology, and conservation
- The only photographic field guide to focus specifically on South Georgia
Robert Burton is a natural history writer and Antarctic tour lecturer. He first visited South Georgia in 1964 and later studied albatrosses at the British Antarctic Survey research station at Bird Island. John Croxall studied seabirds and seals at South Georgia for the British Antarctic Survey for three decades, retiring in 2006. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a trustee of the South Georgia Heritage Trust.
"Even if you have no intention of ever traveling to South Georgia, this book is worth reading. The descriptions of the territory's birds, seals, whales, introduced mammals, invertebrates, and plants are written within the framework of the conversationist, so it is more than a field guide, it is a record of endangered wildlife and the efforts being made to protect it. . . . I do recommend A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia as a book that is informative and enjoyable, a photographic and textual tour of a magical place filled with fantastical creatures that are far from mythic."—Donna Schulman, 10,000 Birds
"A true guide to wildlife. . . . This guide will open the eyes of even the most single-minded fan of the feathered to the richness and complexity of this most spectacular of the subantarctic islands."—Rick Wright, ABA Blog
"Cruising way down south this winter? Planning a trip to South America, Antarctica or South Georgia island? Wherever you're cruising in the southern hemisphere, don't leave home without your wildlife guide. Pack A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia in your luggage, and you'll instantly be able to tell a macaroni penguin from a rockhopper penguin."—Ginger Dingus, Examiner.com
"[A]n excellent guide that includes lots of really nice photographs of the island's wildlife."—FHB, Wildlife Activist
"This is an excellent book and recommended for all visitors."—Keith Betton, Birding World
"This guide, designed for tourists, is the only one of its kind. Brief introductions on geology, topography, climate, history, and conservation efforts lay the groundwork for an impressive photographic guide."—Choice
"If I were making a trip to South Georgia, as increasing numbers of eco-tourists are doing these days, I would be sure to have in my possession a copy of this book. Further, I would expect that by trip's end it would be dog-eared and coffee-stained, strong evidence of what I believe to be its indispensable nature in such an endeavor."—David Ainley, Marine Ornithology