The Enigma of the Owl: An Illustrated Natural History

April 23, 2017 - Comment

A rare invitation into the mysterious lives of owls around the world, with spectacularly revealing photographs and fascinating details Perhaps no other creature has so compelling a gaze as the owl. Its unblinking stare mesmerizes; its nocturnal lifestyle suggests secrets and mystery. This lavishly illustrated book celebrates owls from every corner of the world and

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A rare invitation into the mysterious lives of owls around the world, with spectacularly revealing photographs and fascinating details

Perhaps no other creature has so compelling a gaze as the owl. Its unblinking stare mesmerizes; its nocturnal lifestyle suggests secrets and mystery. This lavishly illustrated book celebrates owls from every corner of the world and offers abundant details on fifty-three of the most striking and interesting species, from the tiny Elf Owl of southwestern American deserts to the formidable Blakiston’s Fish Owl, the largest of all owls.
 
Mike Unwin has long studied and admired these remarkable birds from cold northern forests to tropical rivers and beyond. He explains how owls evolved into the supreme feathered predators of the night, and he examines their breeding and hunting behaviors, unusual calls, and the cultural myths and superstitions that surround different species. More than two hundred dramatic color photographs in the wild, taken or selected by David Tipling, capture the wondrous beauty of each owl and the drama of life in its own home region. 

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Jehoshephat says:

Beautiful and irresistible! An absolutely beautiful book. Many, many extraordinary photographs in full color, showing every subspecies (I guess) covered, from fledglings to full-grown adults, and in a wide variety of actions and attitudes. The organization is very helpful, too, done by geographical areas around the world. Accompanying texts are well written and informative, without being pedantic or too technical for the layperson. I’ve never seen a live owl where I live, but there must be some around somewhere in the…

Elaine N. Frankowski says:

Did justice to owldom Beautiful illustrations; illuminating text.

Rollin E. Drew says:

Regrettably the photographers’ marvelous images of owls are disappointing due to the poor photo reproduction by the printers A thorough visual treatment on the subject of owls which for bird photographers are very difficult subjects. Regrettably the photographers’ marvelous images of owls are disappointing due to the poor photo reproduction by the printers. If the printing process of the photographs was of quality this would be an exceptional book. Nonetheless it is an interesting read.

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