Great Migrations, Hardback Book
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At a riverbank in Africa's Serengeti, thousands of migrating wildebeest try desperately to cross as terrifying crocs feast on the galloping herds-which must attempt the river for a chance at survival.

In the Falkland Islands, the albatross-king of migrations-journeys thousands of miles to nest despite the deadly cara cara, a predatory raptor. "The Need for Speed" documents migration as a race against time, in which freezing temperatures or scorching heat usher in a crisis.

Incredible photographs document activity along the Mississippi Flyway, which teems with long-distance travelers: red-winged blackbirds, white pelicans, tundra swans, and the birds of prey that patrol the skies.In "The Need to Feed," the annual search for greener pastures means life must go on the march as hungry predators lie in wait.

Dramatic stills show as many as 40,000 walrus trying to evade 200 polar bears...and a jungle terrorized by nature's perfect killer: millions of voracious ants that work as one to overwhelm other species. "The Need to Lead" explains that migrations need generals, admirals and pioneers.

How well the leaders keep their charges in line and on track will determine a species' fate. And in "The Need to Breed," the drive to renew the species forces every generation to risk it all.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages, 250 Colour Photographs
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Wildlife: general interest
  • ISBN: 9781426206443



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What may have once been intriguing and breathtaking photographs are in many cases blended into one amorphous montage that is cumbersome to look at and aesthetically unappealing. Information supplied within the book is cursory and provides little satisfaction or knowledge. As a result, the book fails to fill the role of either a coffee table article of interest or a material for individual scholarly reading. This is unfortunate because one senses that the photos would have been strong on their own if left untouched. The book feels like a heavily edited "Xtreme" TV segment, complete with rapid scene transitions, rocky handheld camera work, quick changes of focus, gravelly narration, and drum and bass soundtrack. Fail.