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Hovering hawks, swooping falcons and softly calling morepork. A close look at the predatory birds of New Zealand - many of them endangered.

From an extinct giant eagle and an owl that sounded like the devil, to the morepork we hear calling at night, the falcon that appears on our $20 note and the hawks we see swooping on the grisly remains of dead critters on the road, this book takes a close look at these fascinating birds and the people who are working to keep the species that are still with us safe.

Filled with facts and great stories of rescued birds being nursed back to health, this book also has many amazing close-up photographs. Find out about the ancient art of falconry, how damaged feathers critical for flying can be replaced with temporary ones, how you can help an injured bird, and how birds can be released back into the wild.


Debbie Stewart's The Hunters is no mere flight of fancy. Here's a sumptuously illustrated salute to New Zealand's raptors. Although some birds of prey have vanished from our skies (including the largest flying bird in NZ natural history, the formidable Haast's eagle), others endure, albeit precariously. ... Detailed, informative, but always readable, The Hunters can't be dismissed as a book solely for the dedicated ornithologist. Stewart's fascination with a group of feathered hunters, each perfectly adapted to their environment, is infectious.

Christopher Moore, The Listener NZ

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