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Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World's Most Extraordinary Birds Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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--Sir David Attenborough, filmmaker and creator of Life on Earth
"You’ll initially find it hard to believe that these pictures are real—but they are. These are the most beautiful photographs of the world’s most beautiful birds. The birds’ behavior, richly described in the text, is as remarkable as their appearance. This is a book like no other book."
--Jared Diamond, ornithologist and author of Guns, Germs, and Steel
“The resulting extremes of color, form and behavior are beautifully documented in Schole's new book, co-authored with photographer Tim Laman.” –Sciencefriday.com
“The exhibit “Birds of Paradise” at the National Geographic museum in Washington, along with a book by Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes, offers research, photographs and video of the 39 species of the bird…” –The Wall Street Journal
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Brooklyn, New York
This is the book I had hoped for and it finally has been printed.
I was most fortunate in a visit to the Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia to have a Greater Bird-Of-Paradise sit on my arm for 5 or so minutes while I fed it mealy worms. You could purchase a small cup of mealy worms from a attendant and then the bird would fly from a high perch and sit on your arm waiting to be fed. The thrill of seeing that bird so very close and being able to observe it as it ate was a thrill I will never forget. The dents left in my arm from the claws were uncomfortable to say the least but well worth it to see him so close.
The video "Birds of the Gods" by David Attenborough was also fantastic and if you haven't seen it it is an absolute must. I hope that the video on this book by National Geographic to be issued later this month is as good as the book.
I did read another reviewer offering some criticism about the photography in the book. I absolutely could find no fault with the colors or the beauty of the pictures. I notice in some pictures that some of the feathers are out of focus blurring them and this is because of the birds motion and/or depth of field problems and not the fault of the photographer. The colors of these birds as shown from what I have seen in person and in Attenborough's video are spot on. Their brilliance is almost unbelievable. The color saturation of the feathers are intense to say the least.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is fascinated with the Birds of Paradise.
My only criticism of the book it that I would rather have it in a vertical format rather than "letter box".
I noted on the last page that the book was printed in China which may go a long way to explain the over-saturation. I lived and worked in China for almost 25 years and have found that the Chinese publishers most always print over-saturated photos. I was told it is a combination of the type of ink, with the type of paper (made in China), and the printing machines the Chinese use. Should any other photographers have ideas about this saturation - would be interested to hear from them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is simply an amazing and large(!) book about an incredibly fascinating subject. It contains a wealth of information and excellent photographs about these truly exotic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eileen Helen
This is an absolutely gorgeous book! Almost all photos are actually beautiful photographs. Many full size richly colored photos. Large book made with heavy stock quality paper. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found out about this book when visiting a museum where an exhibit about birds of paradise was displayed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Precious
Simply one of the most beautiful books done on a bird subject. And the stories about the making of this amazing are incredible all on their own. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Improv bass 4
Loved it!! The full page close ups of the birds are incredible!!Published 12 months ago by Linda Eakins
Our photographer nephew was very pleased to receive this as a holiday gift. It is indeed beautiful.Published 12 months ago by Bernice Eubank
Amazing photographs. I gifted this book to my sister who studied zoology and absolutely loved how the book covers the intimate lives of these incredible birds. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Srivats Ram