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Birds and Mammals of the Antarctic, Subantarctic and Falkland Islands

This title is now out of print. Hancock House has the last few remaining copies of this title in original, new condition.

This title can also be purchased with the Frank Todd Library Set at a reduced rate.


By: Frank S. Todd
ISBN-13: 978-0-88839-128-5 (Hancock House Imprint)
ISBN-13: 978-0-93479-722-1 (Original ISBN)
Binding: Trade Paperback
Size: 5.5" X 8.5"
Pages: 138
Photos: 500
Publication Date: 2013


Meant primarily for the novice bird and marine mammal watcher, this book includes illustrations of all birds and mammals likely to be encountered on a southern sea voyage. Brief written descriptions accompany most illustrations. This handbook is primarily for the novice bird and marine mammal watcher, though serious birders will hopefully benefit as well. All birds and mammals that could be encountered on a southern sea voyage are illustrated, though necessarily not to scale. Brief written descriptions accompany most seabird and all marine mammal images.

Sample Penguin Chapter

Sample Mammal Chapter

Author Biography

Frank S. Todd, a globally recognized authority on waterfowl and penguins has authored eight books, including the highly acclaimed Natural History of the Waterfowl. Frank helped establish the California Condor Breeding Program and a captive breeding program for the threatened Harpy Eagle in the early 1970s and was deeply involved in the discovery of the cause of egg-shell thinning and population decline in the of the California Brown Pelican in the 1970s. Frank joined SeaWorld in San Diego as Corporate Vice-President of Aviculture and Research at SeaWorld in 1972, a position he held for the next 16 years. While there, he created the Penguin Encounter for housing, caring for, displaying and breeding several species of penguins including Adelie and Emperor Penguins. He also succeeded in propagating a number of waterfowl and other species at SeaWorld and advised numerous zoos and institutions around the world on captive propagation of waterfowl. Frank spent almost 50 seasons in the Antarctic, Sub-Antarctic and high Arctic, educating tens of thousands of tourists and friends about wildlife and the need for vigilant conservation and biological research. He was awarded the Polar Medal by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the prestigious Gold Conservation Medal by the Zoological Society of San Diego and was the recipient of numerous other awards including election to the American Game Breeders’ Avicultural Hall of Fame and the International Wild Waterfowl Association Hall of Fame in 2000. Frank was a Fellow of the Explorers Club, a member of The All Eight Club, a Senior Research Fellow at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute since the early 1970s and was President of Ecocepts International. He lived and worked out of San Diego until his death on 8 December 2016.

Book Reviews

"This was just the book I was looking for. I'm going on a photo tour of the Falkland Islands next January and just wanted a small paperback book to take with me to identify all the birds and mammals I might see and photograph there. This book is terrific. I didn't want much detail. It has very clear photographs of all the birds and mammals that can be found in the Falkland Islands (as well as Antarctica and Subantartic Islands where I won't be going). Anyone just needing a light and easy to carry guide for quick identification will appreciate having this wonderful book as a reference. The photographs are of excellent quality and very clear for easy identification."  -- Sandy Selesky, Amazon Review


"This is a beautiful little book of Birds & Mammals of the Antartic,Subantarctic & Falkland Islands. This book is ideal for any tourist visiting these areas who would like a simple book that they can carry in their bag or pocket that explains the wildlife. It is very basic and just the thing for someone with a limited interest in the Birds and Mammals they might encounter. Expert or even experienced Birders would never be satisfied with this book, and in fact will have other much more detailed and larger identification guides,but to the casual observer,who would like to see what that bird someone is pointing out at a distance,and only a dark moving speck, really looks like;well this book will serve their purpose.

I have done a lot of birding, but have taken some trips out to sea looking for birds, and have had mammals pointed out; also at a distance. What you often see is just the tail, back or water spout. This book is great to see what the rest of the whale or whatever really looks like.

The author states that most of the "pictures" in this book are photos. A good camera and lens will provide what we see in the bird photos, but I am at a loss to see how they were ever able to get those full-body photos of the whales. Where this book would fall short for a serious birder or whale watcher would be in the details. There are no range maps at all, there is no indication of seasonal occurrences and plumages, and very little distinction in male, female juvenile or adult plumages. All those things would be of prime importance to any seasoned birder, and they would certainly have books with them if taking tours to such places.

I don't intend to criticize this book for those reasons, because no book this size could do all that. But, as far as a book doing what it proposes; namely, to give the casual observer an idea of what the bird or mammal really looks like, in as simple a manner as possible,it certainly suffices, and very well at that.To the casual observer who will be told by a guide that there are some White-faced Storm-Petrels flying off to the left, at about 200 yards, and you will find them on page 43; this book will be of great benefit.Or that the tail of a Southern Right Whale, just broke the water ahead,to the left; and you'll see the rest of him on page 96. Like I said in my title; Don't go on a trip to places like these without a book like this." -- Jerry Guild, Amazon Review

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