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John Busby

This page lists books by John Busby and books that include illustrations, artwork or some other contribution by John Busby. There are, no doubt, books missing from this list.

The books are listed by publication date with the most recent at the top.

 

Lines From Nature

John Busby

Wildlife Art Series: Volume 36

Langford Press

2016

"This book was finalised before Johnís death. The layout, selection of paintings and text are all his own work. Johnís drawings and paintings live and breathe the magic of their subject. His gannets soar and hang, stall and drift again, riding the currents of air as lightly as the pencil glides. How beautifully his young foxes leap, their energy, rhythm and playfulness radiate from every graphite mark. How deftly the hand of the artist suggests the feathers and down of a barn owl. In this Johnís final book loose yourself in each page and marvel at the gift of touch in every line and mark."

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Looking at Birds: An Antidote to Field Guides

John Busby

Langford Press

2013

"This is the first title in a new series of books in which masters of wildlife art share many of their techniques with our readers. In this volume John explains by examples how important it is to gather information direct from birds in the field. These vital characteristic elements (jizz) of the bird have the power to change a few lines on paper into an exciting representation of a living, moving and behaving bird."

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On The Rocks

Bryan Nelson

Artwork: John Busby

Langford Press

2013

"Seabirds and islands, an addictive mix, have dominated my life. Ailsa Craig and its gannets started the rot more than 60 years ago leading via a tortuous route to the Bass Rock, Christmas Island, Cape Kidnappers and other remote seabird haunts. This journey was eased by a St Andrews University degree in Zoology and Oxford D Phil under Niko Tinbergen and Mike Cullen which helped my appointment as Lecturer, later Reader, in Zoology at Aberdeen University. I have been very lucky thanks to gannets. I should mention, also, the Scottish Seabird Centre with which I have been involved as a Director since its inception." Bryan Nelson

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Drawing and Painting Birds

Tim Wootton

Crowood Press

2010

"Birds are much admired, revered and envied. They have featured in art for many thousands of years and our fascination with them continues. They do though pose a challenge to paint and are not always the most cooperative of models. By understanding their anatomy and recognising their type, the artist can learn a shorthand way to capture movement and attitude. With technique and colour mastered, style develops and a special scene can be captured uniquely forever."

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Birds Of Wiltshire

Editor: James Ferguson-Lees, Paul Castle, Peter Cranswick, Stephen Edwards, Pete Combridge, Rob Turner and Linda Cady

Illustrations: Richard Allen, John Busby, Robert Gillmor, Ian Lewington et al

Wiltshire Ornithological Society

2007

"Birds of Wiltshire is the definitive book on the county's birds. It includes comprehensive accounts for each of the 309 species recorded in Wiltshire by the end of 2000. Some 300 maps show breeding distribution, relative summer abundance, and winter distribution and relative abundance for many species. Chapters cover habitats, Wiltshire's early birds and ornithological history, survey methods, population estimates, an update for 2001-05, and much more."

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Pelicans, Cormorants, and their Relatives: Pelecanidae, Sulidae, Phalacrocoracidae, Anhingidae, Fregatidae, Phaethontidae

J. Bryan Nelson

Colour plates: Andrew Mackay

Black-and-white drawings: John Busby

Oxford University Press

2006

680 pages, 12 colour plates, 159 halftones, 62 maps

This volume comprises 5 general chapters on the biology, feeding ecology, breeding behaviour, evolutionary relationships, and conservation of the birds in the families covered; 12 specially commissioned colour plates showing adults of all species and many juveniles, immatures and subspecies; 159 black-and-white drawings illustrating special features and behaviour; descriptions of each individual species.

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Larks and Leverets: Wildlife on Norfolk Farmland

James McCallum

Foreword: John Busby

Silver Brant

2006

"Larks and Leverets deals with the wildlife commonly found on Norfolk's farmland. There are chapters on hares, long-tailed tits, skylarks, displaying pheasants and winter flocks of pink-footed geese. There are also features on other typical farmland species such as grey and red-legged partridges, turtle doves, rabbits, pigeons and doves, lapwings, butterflies and stoats. Larks and Leverets contains over a hundred paintings, numerous watercolour studies and written observations. The notes on behaviour have been made from direct field experience and the paintings have been completed, almost exclusively, outdoors at the time of watching. The foreword is by John Busby. Larks and Leverets is full colour throughout, 140 pages long with printed end papers and limited to 1500 copies. The first 50 copies are a special edition with an original hand-coloured and hand-printed etching on the cover and spine. The following 1450 are hardback with dust jacket."

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Land Marks & Sea Wings

John Busby

Wildlife Art Gallery

2005

"In Landscape and Sea Wings, paintings and drawings spanning more than half a century are accompanied by his perceptive writings. From the Yorkshire of his youth he takes us to his adopted Scotland and on his worldwide travels in search of the wildlife and living landscapes which have inspired his art. The book ends with a trip to the Galapagos Islands where 170 years ago Charles Darwin found a key to unlock the mysteries of evolution and where today we can still marvel at the extraordinary diversity of the natural world."

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Drawing Birds

John Busby

Christopher Helm / RSPB

2004

"This is a fully revised and updated new version of a popular RSPB handbook to the art and joy of drawing birds. John Busby beautifully conveys his own remarkable ability to capture the grace and motion of living birds, illustrating his ideas and suggestions with many examples of his own work. He also uses illustrations from over 45 other talented bird artists to demonstrate a variety of principles and techniques. The text covers a wealth of topics, including choice of media, sketching from life, composition and different ways of interpreting the subject matter. This is a beautiful and inspiring book which will appeal to aspiring artists and anyone who has ever been entranced by the beauty of birds."

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The Birdwatching Guide To Brittany

Stephanie Coghlan

Arlequin Press

2003

"Provides detailed site information, when to visit, checklist and list of French bird names. Colour habitat photos, cover by John Busby, vignettes by Dan Powell."

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Scotland's Nature in Trust: The National Trust for Scotland and its Wildland and Crofting Management

J. Laughton Johnston

Illustrations: John Busby

Poyser Natural History

Poyser

2002

"The National Trust for Scotland is one of the largest landowners in Scotland, owning one per cent of its countryside. Half of the Trust land is designated for its natural heritage in one form or another, one being a World Heritage site - the highest accolade that can be bestowed. This comprehensive title looks at the Trust's credentials for natural heritage management and examines the properties it owns. Could or should the Trust expend its resources equally across its natural heritage responsibilities? How does it fulfill its role as landlord and as part of the local community? These questions and others are answered in this book. The opening chapter briefly discusses the history of the Trust and discusses some of the general countryside management issues of the day with which the Trust has to grapple. There then follows chapters on ten properties which look critically and intimately at their management. The final chapter sums up where the Trust stands today as a natural heritage manager for Scotland and suggests that there is an opportunity ahead for radical change."

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Quadros De Vida / Living Paintings

Artists for Nature in Quinta Do Lago

Quinta Do Lago & SPEA, (Birdlife Portugal)

2002

Bilingual: Portuguese / English

"The artworks of this project celebrate the beauty and importance of the remaining coastal nature and wetlands in the Algarve."

Artists include: Michael Benington, John Busby, Andrew Haslen, Bruce Pearson, Jose Pojecto, Greg Poole, Juan Varela Simo, Michael Warren, Darren Woodhead, Jonathan Yule

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Wild Horses

Kenneth Steven

Illustrations: John Busby

St Andrew Press

2002

"This volume comprises Kenneth C. Steven's best-known wildlife and landscape poems to date, following on from his previous volume Iona."

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The Birdwatching Guide To Eastern Spain

Malcolm Palmer with Luis Fidel

Illustrations: John Busby

Arlequin Press

2001

"Covers the whole of the coastal strip, from the French frontier down to the southern boundary of the Province of Alicante and inland within a comfortable day trip range excluding the area covered by the Pyrenees guide. The greater part of this guide concentrates on the autonomous region of Valencia and includes the hugely important Ebro Delta. Contains a specific list of all species known to have been recorded in the area within recent years, a checklist detailed site maps and colour photographs."

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The Birdwatching Guide To France South Of The Loire

J. Crozier

Illustrations: John Busby

Arlequin Press

2000

"The area covered by this book is roughly half of France south of a line running from the south bank of the Loire estuary on the Atlantic to Lake Geneva in the east."

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The Birdwatching Guide To Extremadura

John Muddeman

Arlequin Press

2000

A guide to 27 birdwatching sites in Extremadura. Includes illustrations by John Busby."

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Tigers: Artists for Nature in India

Editor: Nicholas Hammond

Artists for Nature Foundation

Inmerc / Wildlife Art Gallery

2000

Bilingual: English / Dutch

"Central India's Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the last strongholds in the world. The last decade has seen the population of the magical Bangal Tiger plummet. Poaching and destruction of the tiger's habitat are the main reasons of this decline. This unique book documents the group's personal and artistic accounts of the search for the Bengal Tiger."

Artists include: Kim Atkinson, John Busby, Denis Clavreul, Victoria Crowe, Vadim Gorbatov, Kendra Haste, Lars Jonsson, Piet Klaasse, Greg Poole, Tim Prutzer, Barry van Dusen, Wolfgang Weber

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A Naturalist's Shetland

J.Laughton Johnston

Poyser Natural History

Poyser

1999

"This book is only the second to describe all the wildlife of the Shetland Islands and the first to comprehensively cover their history since the last Ice Age, as well as the human impacts of the Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Age cultures and the Norse influences from Scandinavia. It critically observes the costs and benefits of a modern economy, both to the people and the natural scene. 12 chapters describe the ecology, flora and fauna, marine fisheries, Fair Isle, local and visiting naturalists and the oil industry. The closing chapter examines today's environmental changes in the context of those of the last 12000 years and draws lessons for the future. Written for the general reader and keen naturalist, this book is lavishly illustrated with photographs and graced with evocative sketches by John Busby. 65 figures, tables, maps and diagrams illustrate and clarify points in the text."

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North Norfolk: Wildlife Through The Seasons

James McCallum

Foreword: John Busby

Arlequin Press

1999

"James McCallum spends most of his time out of doors, either wardening, monitoring wildlife or drawing & painting. This celebration of his artistic talent, is a month-by-month account of his observations. Full colour paintings & sketches throughout; foreword by John Busby."

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The Birdwatching Guide To Southern Spain

Malcolm Palmer

Illustrations: John Busby

Arlequin Press

1997

"Arranged by Province this guide provides detailed information on good birding sites all along the southern coast from Huelva to Murcia. Species list information on vagrants and accidentals."

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Birdwatching Guide to Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera

Graham Hearl

Illustrations: John Busby

Arlequin Press

1996

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A Birdwatching Guide to Crete

Stephanie Coughlan

Illustrations: John Busby

Arlequin Press

1996

A guide to birdwatching sites in Cretet which includes checklists for mammals, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and orchids.

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The Birds of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Ian J Andrews

I.J. Andrews

1995

"First comprehensive summary of the status and distribution of all 374 bird species recorded in Jordan. Detailed species accounts give seasonal abundance (with charts) and for selected species distribution maps. Many species are illustrated in either colour photos or drawings by John Busby. In addition, there is a full checklist and a brief guide to birdwatching sites, with maps."

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The Penguins

Tony D. Williams

Illustrations: J.N. Davies and John Busby

Oxford University Press

1995

352 pages, 8 colour plates, 40 line drawings, 21 maps

This volume describes the 17 species of Penguins. Seven chapters cover origins and evolution, breeding biology and moult, population structure and dynamics, behaviour, foraging ecology, physiology, conservation and threats to penguin populations. These are followed by detailed species accounts and eight colour plates showing adult and immature birds.

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Nature Drawings

John Busby

Arlequin Publications

1993

A limited edition (1000 copies) book of drawings by John Busby accompanied by his notes on the works.

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Portrait of a Living Marsh: 32 International Artists Visit Northeast Poland

(Leven Tussen Land en Water)

Robin D'Arcy Shillcock

Artists For Nature / WWF International / Vroege Vogels VARA

Inmerc

1993

Published in English and Dutch

"A land, where centuries-old traditions of farming, have existed in harmony with a nature rich in plant and animal life. Here it is still possible to meet with elk, beaver and wolf. Over 230 species of birds can be found, and many plants unique to the area. 32 artists from 15 countries lived for two weeks in a village on the edge of the marshes recording the many memorable sights they found and saw."

Artists include: Kim Atkinson, Larry Barth, Robert Bateman, Keith Brockie, John Busby, Ad Cameron, Jean Chevallier, Denis Clavreul, Tomas Cofta, Victoria Crowe, David Daly, Jaap Deelder, Charles Donker, Piet Eggen, Jon Fjeldsa, Hans Geuze, Vadim Gorbatov, Robert Greenhalf, Andrew Haslen, Alan Johnston, Lawrence McQueen, Peter Partington, Bruce Pearson, Dag Peterson, Darren Rees, Chris Rose, Robin D'Arcy Shillcock, Michael Warren, Siegfried Woldhek

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Wind, Wad & Waterverf: 25 Kunstenaars tekenen en schilderen op Schiermonnikoog

Wereld Natuurfonds WWF / Grasduinen Natuurmonumenten / Artists For Nature

Benjamin & Partners

1992

Published in Dutch

"This is the first publication of ANF. It is a portrait of one of the most pristine barrier islands of the Netherlands. The publication has helped to create the Schiermonnikoog National Park."

Artists: Keith Brockie, John Busby, Ad Cameron, Denis Clavreul, Jaap Deelder, Charles Donker, Julian Friers, Hans Geuze, Vadim Gorbatov, Andrew Haslen, Alan Johnston, Kees de Kiefte, Piet Klaasse, Dag Peterson, Thomas Quinn, Darren Rees, Robin D'Arcy Shillcock, Hendrik Slijper, Freek van Binsbergen, Walty Dudok van Heel, Erik van Ommen, Peter Vos, Michael Warren, Siegfried Woldhek

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Birds by Night

Graham Martin

Illustrations: John Busby

Poyser

1990

"An investigation of the complex relationship between nocturnal birds and the particular environment that they inhabit from dusk to dawn. The survey covers not only the activities of owls and other nocturnal birds but also species which are only occasionally nocturnal, together with those which are primarily diurnal in habit. The special case of cave dwelling birds is also considered. The study of nocturnality in birds encompasses field ornithology, sensory science, ecology and physics, and involves comparisons of the sensory capacities of other animal species, including man, to respond to the night world. In weaving together the relevance of these various disciplines the author achieves an insight into the sensory problems posed by a nocturnal life style and the strategies and specialization which have evolved in response."

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Birds by Character: A Field Guide to Jizz

Rob Hume

Illustrations: Ian Wallace, John Busby, John Rees, Peter Partington

Macmillan

1990

"Identification by plumage is the first and foremost technique used by the modern ornithologist. But there are so many occasions when it is just not enough. Even the best of seabird watchers need more than beak and feather detail to tell a common tern from an Arctic. When the expert birder can identify a robin at a 100 yards by the way it drops off a fence, he's always using "jizz". Artists have provided a folio of illustrations of the essential character of a bird from form and behaviour, helped by Rob Hume's written interpretations."

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Man and Wildfowl

Janet Kear

Poyser

1990

"The involvement of humans with ducks, geese and swans has probably been closer than with any other group of birds, today and for several millenia past. This involvement, in its many aspects, is the theme of this compelling and readable account by an Assistant Director of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Dr Kear ranges widely, from a summary of the taxonomy and natural history of wildfowl, through a history of domestication world wide, to wildfowling, decoys, conservation and captive breeding, conflicts with agriculture, and wildfowl in legend and literature. Throughout, the text abounds with little-known facts and insights to intrigue the general reader and expert alike Ė a reflection of the author's wide reading and affection for her subject."

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The Wheatear

Peter Conder

Illustrations: John Busby

Helm Field Guide

Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd

1989

This book is primarily based on research on the island of Skokholm Pembrokeshire coast. The main section of deals with the breeding biology of the Northern Wheatear describing nest building, size of nest, role of sexes in the building, size of eggs, clutch sizes, effects of climate and the development of nestlings. The book also discusses the migration of the bird. Includes illustrations, charts, graphs and diagrams.

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Birds In Your Garden: A Month by Month Guide

Tony Soper, Roger Lovegrove

Illustrations: John Busby

Webb & Bower

1989

"A celebration month-by-month of different birds and their activities and behaviour. Practical advice is given on how to attract birds to the garden and how to help thrm through winter. It also has a section on identification."

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Birds in Ireland

Clive D. Hutchinson

Illustrations: John Busby

Poyser

1989

"Birdwatching has become an increasingly popular pastime in Ireland as elsewhere. Nor is all of the birdwatching done by the Irish. Many professional ornithologists from Britain and Western Europe find good reason to study Ireland's birds, as do the numerous birdwatching visitors each year. Clive Hutchinson, a leading Irish ornithologist, has compiled this comprehensive review of birds in the Republic and Northern Ireland to coincide with the 21st anniversary year of the Irish Wildbird Conservancy's foundation and he has had the IWC's active support throughout. The book is timely for other reasons, too. Knowledge about the status and distribution of birds in Ireland has increased greatly since the 1960s and this is reflected in the detailed species accounts which form the major part of the book. Factors which led to this greater knowledge, recent changes in bird distribution and status, and reasons for the absence of some species are topics discussed in the book's introductory chapters. Other subjects covered are Ireland's topography, climate and habitats, a review of ornithology and ornithologists in Ireland over the last 100 years, and conservation programmes of more recent times."

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Islands in the Sound: Wildlife in the Hebrides

Alison Johnson

Illustrations: John Busby

Gollancz

1989

"Attempting to capture the atmosphere of the Western Isles, this Hebridean wildlife diary is a sequel to Alison Johnson's first book, "A House by the Shore". The book describes the seascape, a home for the seals and sea birds of this wild region, and is illustrated by wildlife artist John Busby."

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Birds in Mallorca

John Busby

Christopher Helm

1988

"An illustrated account of this popular birdwatching island, by one of the finest living bird artists. It gives his personal account of the birds likely to be encountered on the island."

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Birds and Berries: A Study of an Ecological Interaction

Barbara Snow and David Snow

Illustrations: John Busby

Poyser

1988

A study of the relationship between birds and the plant world. The first section of the book discusses the fruits. The second part focuses on the birds. The final part investigates strategies and adaptations that define the relationship between the birds and the fruit.

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The Skuas

Robert W. Furness

Illustrations: John Busby

Poyser

1987

"Many birdwatchers may never have seen a Skua; those who have will most probably have vivid memories of one or other species flying powerfully past a headland or twisting and diving in pursuit of its piratical intentions towards a food-laden seabird-or, perhaps more memorable still, of themselves taking evasive action from the power-diving irate Skua whose territory they have unwisely invaded. The full classification of the Skuas is still debated, but Dr Furness of the Applied Ornithology Unit, Glasgow University, favours six species, of two genera, with five sub-species, based on current knowledge of his own long and dedicated field studies and research."

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Drawing Birds: An RSPB Guide

John Busby

RSPB

1986

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Birds in Scotland

Valerie M.Thom

Illustrations: Keith Brockie, John Busby, Andrew Dowell, John B. Fleming, Brigitte Hendil, Alan F. Johnston, C.E. Talbot Kelly, John A. Love, Rodger McPhail, William Neill, Donald Watson, Ian Willis, Bernard Zonfrillo

Poyser

1986

"This impressively comprehensive study and review of the birds in Scotland by Valerie Thom, editor of Scottish Birds and past-President of the Scottish Ornithologists' Club, may be said to follow on where the celebrated two volumes of The Birds of Scotland (1953), by Dr Baxter and Miss Rintoul, left off. It does more than that, however, since not only has there been a profound increase in ornithological coverage and data (as reflected in the species accounts), there have also been great changes in habitat and environment since the days of Baxter & Rintoul. These aspects form the themes of the ten preliminary chapters reviewing the Scottish scene today in terms of habitat, conservation, birdwatching and the changes in species status and distribution.The species accounts, the backbone of the book, review the period 1950-83 but include, where practicable, records of rarities and details of counts up to the spring of 1985; there are also brief summaries of earlier data based on the researches of Baxter & Rintoul. In all, 497 species are dealt with.The texts of major species accounts are complemented by 173 distribution maps and many tables of relevant data, and there are 129 species drawings by a team of artists under the editorship of Donald Watson, who also contributes chapter head pieces and other drawings. A section of photographs illustrates the varied habitats typical of Scotland today. There are, further, appendices and an extensive bibliography."

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Discovering Animals

Tony Soper

Illustrations: John Busby

BBC Books

1985

"This book is an introduction to the everyday life of one important group of British animals - mammals. Many of our native mammals live in close community with us and yet we are quyite unaware of their presence. We read about urban foxes and the plight of the rural badger, but what about hedgehogs, bats and mice and the whole range of small furry beasts which live in our flower beds or visit our rafters? Tony Soper described the habits and habitats of such animals and suggests ways of encouraging them to live even closer to us, such as by building a hedgehog box, or setting up a mammal table. He explains how to observe animals without disturbing their homes or disrupting their lives, and so gain a better understanding of our wildlife."

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The Bee-Eaters

C.H. Fry

Illustrations: John Busby

Poyser

1984

A study of the 24 species of Bee-eaters. Published in 1984 and reprinted in 1991. Includes species accounts and colour plates of all species and subspecies. General chapters include sections on evolutionary development, relationships with apiculture, and social and reproductive life.

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The Track of the Wild Otter

Hugh Miles

H. Hamilton

1984

Illustration on rear by John Busby.

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A Birdwatcher's Miscellany

Editor: Rob Hume

Foreword: Bill Oddie

Illustrations: C. F. Tunnicliffe, Robert Gillmor, Donald Watson, John Busby, Laurel Tucker, Killian Mullarney and Richard Millington

Christopher Helm

1984

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The Living Birds of Eric Ennion

Eric Ennion

Introduction & commentary: John Busby

Bibliography: Robert Gillmor

Victor Gollancz

1982

"Focuses on field sketches from the 1930's to the 1970's and working drawings and preparatory studies for paintings. Includes many of the composite plates Eric Ennion prepared for the unpublished Bird Man's River, and plates from The British Bird reproduced in full-colour. Passages of descriptive text are taken from Eric Ennion's books and articles; includes notes on sketching birds taken from unpublished manuscripts."

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Estuary Birds of Britain and Ireland

A.J. Prater

Illustrations: John Busby

Poyser

1981

"Estuaries are rightly of great interest and concern to the birdwatcher. Most teem with thousands of waders, geese, ducks, gulls and other species that use them at times throughout the year; they are also among the last of the wild places left in Britain and Europe. The ĎBirds of Estuaries Enquiry' (sponsored by the Nature Conservancy Council and organised by the BTO, RSPB and the Wildfowl Trust) spanned six years, and Tony Prater's report now provides a detailed insight into the birds which use and, in many cases, depend on this special habitat. Of great interest to birdwatchers, the book also will be essential reading for professional conservationists and all involved in the planning and use of estuaries. It assesses the importance of each estuary and the distribution and numbers of all species generally present, and by setting this in an international framework demonstrates the remarkable importance of the estuaries around these islands. Threats to the fabric of the landscape and its wildlife abound, and estuaries are not exempt. Barrage schemes, industrial and agricultural reclamations and many other pressures exist and are the subject of chapters which survey the situation, now and in the future. The text is graced by John Busby's accomplished and evocative drawings and there are numerous maps and diagrams as well as photographs of typical estuaries."

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The Gannet

Bryan Nelson

Illustrations: John Busby

Poyser

1978

A study of gannets that gathers together the latest research in Europe and North America. There are also sections on boobies and African and Australasian gannets. Chapter contents include: plumage, shape, structure and voice; numbers and distribution; behaviour; ecology; the bird at sea; the gannet family and the order; the gannet and man.

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Azraq, Desert Oasis

Bryan Nelson

Photographs: Eric Hosking

Illustrations: John Busby

Allen Lane

1973

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Galapagos: Islands Of Birds

Bryan Nelson

Drawings: John Busby

Longmans

1968

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