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Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0801886872
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Beautiful, readable, and affordable. So if you plan to give it as a gift, I suggest you buy a copy for yourself as well.

(Whit Gibbons Tuscaloosa News)

This is a gorgeous book from celebrated natural history writer and wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch.

(Library Journal)

This is, in short, far and away the best owl book this reviewer has seen designed especially for general audiences. The writing is clear, concise, scientifically accurate, and totally readable.

(Choice)

This is a must have book for anyone interested in owls.

(Birdingnet.com)

This beautifully illustrated book contains a wealth of fascinating information... Will be much appreciated by birders, naturalists, and anyone with an interest in owls.

(C. R. Southeastern Naturalist)

This work is a labor of love. The author has done an admirable job.

(Quarterly Review of Biology)

Thoughtfully organized... it is an outstanding reference for this remarkable family of birds.

(Wildlife Activist)

I have more than a dozen owl books... but probably none is so attractive and accessibly informative as this one.

(Paul A. Johnsgard Great Plains Research)

Overall this book is a pleasure to read whether you're a diehard owl enthusiast or a casual admirer. You'll find yourself wanting to leave this book somewhere conspicuous, so you can show the images off to friends, family, and unwary passersby.

(Jim Cirigliano Bird Watcher's Digest)

A complete and passionate labor of love. It is essential reading for those who are fascinated by owls―and those who aren't yet but are now at risk of becoming so.

(Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven)

Lynch is among a select group of North America's very best natural history writers and photographers. In Owls of the United States and Canada he showcases both of these talents and reveals a wealth of knowledge about owl biology. Anyone interested in these fascinating birds will treasure this book for years to come.

(Brian E. Small, Birding Magazine)

About the Author

Wayne Lynch began work as a full-time science writer and photographer in 1979. Today he is the author of numerous award-winning books and television documentaries and one of Canada's best-known and most widely published photographers. His books include Wild Birds across the Prairies; Mountain Bears; A Is for Arctic; and Penguins of the World. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (November 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801886872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801886874
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Uldis Roze on December 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book. The large format and abundant photography at first suggest a coffee table book, but Lynch's contribution is much more than that. The writing is intellectually luminous, displaying a good mind and careful researching. Though the author is very up to date on current research in the field, the scholarship is unobtrusive - the text is free of footnotes and citations though these can be found at the end of the book.
The photography is in a league of its own. Lynch is a well-known wildlife photographer, and these photos show just why. The artistry and a technical excellence are breathtaking. For instance, the whiskered screech-owl on p. 16 is composed the way a painter would compose, but the photo still brings out the individual feathers, the half-closed eyes, the long beak hidden behind the whiskers. These birds are so closely observed they show more than I can see with my binoculars in a woodland walk. And add to this the field knowledge: owls are not sparrows or seagulls that one can see anywhere. To capture them on film, the photographer must spend hours in a blind, and travel to places far off the interstate. This book is one that will stay in the mind after it has been read.
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This book combines the personal experiences of the author with detailed information about the owls that live in the United States and Canada. The background information given in this book can be applied to more than one species of owls, and in some cases, it could be applied more generally to birds of prey. There are comparisons between humans and owls to give the reader a better image of what the author is describing. When there is a piece of general information given, the author gives examples of which owls that piece of information might be applied. The book is filled with wonderful photos, and includes a guide of owls that is located between the first two chapters.

This is one of the best books about owls that I have read.
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I have studied owls for years and this one is the finest book I have read on the subject, Not only are the pictures fantastic but the text is very informative. Buy with confidence that you will enjoy this book.
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This is another wonderful book by a real naturalist and consumate photographer. The images are just stunning photographically and from a naturalist's standpoint. Dr Lynch writes in a conversational tone that makes reading a pleasure, it's more like a conversation with him than anything else.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in either nature photography or birds, but especially if you like both.

Chase Hunter
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The book is great. There are many stunning photos. The book is worth every penny for just the photos alone. But after you get past all the eye candy there is a lot of interesting information about Owls. For example he shatters a lot of myths about their sight and hearing. The book has 8 chapters plus an introduction explaining Owl addiction: Anatomy of an Owl which has an identification guide; son et lumiere where he talks about the sight and hearing of these birds; Haunts and Hideaways; The Owlish Appetite, Family LIfe; The Next Generation; Predators, Pirates and Pests and Owls and Humans.
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I'm making a concerted effort to educate myself around the biology and behaviors of wild birds to support and improve my "photography habit". I'm still working my way through this book, but there's some excellent information in here, much of which debunks some of the long held "assumptions" about owls. I only wish I could find more books on other birds of prey such as this one. Highly recommended.
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This is a truly outstanding work with absolutely spectacular photography! The author plainly and ably contributed to our knowledge
of these captivating and spellbindingly night-loving birds. It begins with its anatomy, explores the owls handicap in its chosen and challenging environment, but clearly expounding on its remarkably large eyes as compared to their body size, plus their remarkable hearing capability. One misconception debunked is that owls have superior vision compared to humans. This is simply not true. Owls and humans have relatively little difference in terms of night vision but the big difference is that owls have enhanced their sensory abilities and superior spatial memories two to three times that of humans. Hunting techniques, their haunts and hideaways, house hunting, asynchronous hatching, the difference of the roamers and the homebodies, sexual dimorphism and many others are clearly and expertly delineated and expounded on.
Some of the photos are so plainly difficult to catch on film...and to observe their far away habits and way of life is indeed a labor of love and patience. The book shows how these raptors have the courage and determination to survive their sometimes harsh and bleak environment which required fortitude and sometimes incredible courage. In the twilight and darkness of the world in which they invariably operate, it will grab the reader's attention to these raptors' remarkable biology and behavior. This is rightly a landmark book on these fascinating, mystical and astonishing nocturnal birds of prey!

5 out of 5
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