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"These wonderful birds share our world so discreetly, and you could easily live out several lifetimes without ever seeing one. However, with a little insight, patience and luck, you could step into their realm and enjoy some unforgettable close encounters, whether abroad or at home. The chances are high that there are wild owls of one kind or another living not far from ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Comstock Publishing
(first published October 1st 2012)
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Owls features exquisite action owl photographs and candid close-ups, along with comprehensive information on owls. One or two impressive owl images grace each page in the first third of this book, including general information on owl anatomy, senses, habitats, nesting and courtship, threats and conservation measures. The later two-thirds of the book, is devoted to individual species relating a detailed description, range map, evolution facts, geographic variations, voice, habitat, breeding, and ...more
The photographs in this book are absolutely outstanding. The text is good, although there is inevitably some repetition in the species-specific descriptions, given that so many owls have so many habits and characteristics in common. It is a great pity that there are no distribution maps. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful book, and well worth it for the photographs alone.
Spectacular photos with a brief, comprehensive introductory section on the natural history of owls and a slightly longer section with a few pages on each of the 41 species in northern Eurasia and North America. After slogging through the somewhat wooden style of the first section, I had learned a little bit about owls that I didn't know, but I barely skimmed the species accounts.