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10 Oct 2019 16:30 GMT

Hockey (Phil)


Published: Struik Winchester, Cape Town, 1995

Edition: First Edition

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Illustrations by Clare Douie and Andrew Barlow.

First edition: 288 pages, 48 full colour plates, maps, bound by Peter Carstens in half navy calf with marbled boards, a fine copy housed in a navy cloth slip case with matching marbled paper edges.

Volume 44 of the Collectors' Edition limited to 150 copies.

Phil Hockey was born in England, and came to the FitzPatrick Institute in 1976 to assist with a study of white-fronted plover breeding biology at Langebaan Lagoon. Preferring conditions here to counting sea ducks in winter from freezing Scottish shores, Phil moved to South Africa in 1979 to study African black oystercatchers for his Ph.D. After graduating in 1983, Phil stayed on at the Fitztitute as a contract researcher, and then as a lecturer. Although most of his early research focused on coastal and estuarine bird ecology, Phil was involved in setting the guidelines for the first southern African bird atlas, and was lead author on the bird atlas of the southwestern Cape. Phil's focus on coastal waders and interactions with their food supplies took him to tropical Africa and islands in the Indian Ocean, South America, the Canary Islands and the Middle East. He was soon recognized as the authority on African waders and in 1995 he published the monograph 'Waders of southern Africa'. Together with Ian Sinclair and Warwick Tarboton he also wrote the best-selling regional field guide 'Sasol birds of southern Africa'

  • Overall Condition: A Fine Copy
  • Size: 4to (310 x 240 mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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