While so many other birds are facing population declines and habitat diminishment, the Common Raven, Corvus corax, is the exception, even being recorded as moving back into habitat areas they had long ago abandoned or from which they had been driven. This, not surprisingly, is increasingly putting them in closer proximity to both enthusiasts as well as those – for a number of age-old reasons – not so favorably inclined toward them

Thus it seems appropriate that for his pick this week, Mark takes up the forthcoming A Shadow Above; the Fall and Rise of the Raven by Joe Shute. Considering the book from his own perspective as a tireless campaigner for persecuted birds of prey, Mark brings attention to a number of aspects of the book that others – myself included – might well have missed.

Links to Mark Avery’s Sunday book reviews appear in The Well-read Naturalist by special arrangement. You can find all of Mark’s past reviews as well as a wide-ranging collection of his other writings on his Standing Up for Nature website. Mark’s opinions regarding the books he reviews are his own.