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The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters With North America's Most Iconic Birds (With Audio CD) Hardcover – October 15, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; Har/Com edition (October 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159485095X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594850950
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Owl and the Woodpecker is a monumental work of photojournalism by one of North America's top wildlife photographers. The images you'll encounter in this book are the result of an encyclopedic knowledge of birds and their habitats, an intense love of nature, and endless patience. For anyone who appreciates wild things and wild places, each of Bannick's stunning photographs is worth ten thousand words. --Ted Williams Audubon magazine

The Owl and the Woodpecker is a monumental work of photojournalism by one of North America's top wildlife photographers. The images you'll encounter in this book are the result of an encyclopedic knowledge of birds and their habitats, an intense love of nature, and endless patience. For anyone who appreciates wild things and wild places, each of Bannick's stunning photographs is worth ten thousand words. --Ted Williams, Audubon magazine

"Readers will gain a better appreciation for the complex lives of these birds." --The Bellingham Herald

"What a glorious book! Paul Bannick's photographs reveal the startling beauty and complex survival strategies of the owl and the woodpecker, North America's most charismatic--and crucial--cavity-nesting birds. These are images to savor again and again." --Bruce Barcott

"I find it hard to pull my eyes away from the absolutely stunning photography... This book will appeal to any birder, and really anybody simply interested in nature and how it's inhabitants' affect, and are affected by it. But if you are a fanatic about either or both families [of bird], this is definitely a book that you will want to add to your library." --Picas Blog

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"The Owl and the Woodpecker pretty much blew me away with the jaw dropping, envy-inducing quality of the photos... [This is] as good as it gets with bird photography, razor sharp and with great detail, great composition, and telling a great story."

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Once you read it it makes for a fabulous coffee table book.
L. A. Hanses
So many photos of birds, especially owls, are of the birds perched and looking beautiful.
Magwhls
Anyone with a love of wilderness and/or beauty will enjoy this book.
Lynn Harnett

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Magwhls on September 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a beautiful book! The text is well-written and educational. It explains the connections and ecology and habitat needs of these species beautifully. And after reading it I clearly understand how these two families of birds are connected and how important the woodpeckers are to so many other species, as well as the health of habitats. I am an owloholic and I learned some new things about owls from this book.

The photographs are simply stunning. What I like about them is that they are action shots. So many photos of birds, especially owls, are of the birds perched and looking beautiful. And those are great. But, Paul's book has AMAZING active shots of owls being owls and woodpeckers being woodpeckers and that is what makes it stand out from other books. I can only imagine how many hours he put in to get some of the intimate shots of the birds. We are the lucky readers who get to reap the results of all that hard work. This book is a great addition to a birder's and/or naturalist's library and would be a great gift for either!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Karla Hart on September 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The photos in this book are so stunning that my first several passes through are National Geographic style - studying pictures and reading the captions. The author/photographer has captured actions I've witnessed, but never been able to really see.

Finally, I settled in for the read. I enjoy the habitat-based chapters as an organizational framework and I went first to the habitats with which I'm most familiar. The author combines a breadth of information on the birds, their habitat and conservation issues, and his experience observing and photographing them. At first this felt choppy, but then I embraced it in the context of his discovery of birds and photography as a child (shared in the introduction). He is offering mentoring through his text. Not all aspects will immediately resonate with each reader, but many seeds will be planted and some sparks will catch (be prepared to invest in binocular, camera, and trips to nature next).

The CD offers the owl and woodpecker calls and songs presented in a manner familiar to birders for identification and study.

I expect that this book will launch more than a few new birders, starting them first with two charismatic families of birds. When I am through admiring my copy, I'll pass it along to a young person (middle school through high school) and follow up with an invitation to go birding when the owls start calling.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tish Thornton on September 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The sound of an owl calling in the middle of the night really does seem like a secret and private invitation, an irresistible beckoning from a different world. This book holds the key to that world, detailing a relationship between owls and woodpeckers, and its far-flung consequences among many other species, which I found unexpected and complex. The beautiful photos are intimate--the comic and vulnerable "old man" faces of a family of baby owls; a nobbly trophy wall of hundreds of glossy nuts embedded in the soft trunk of a dead tree--and loving. The text is full of satisfying detail about the habits of all the species of owls and woodpeckers found in the Pacific Northwest. Finally, the cd in the back features the calls of some 40 species, which I loved because it helped me identify the screech owl who woke me up last night. A really gorgeous book that all bird enthusiasts will appreciate. The photos alone are engrossing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Viola on November 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is in a class all its own. I have purchased and read dozens of books about birds, and this being about my two favorite species, made it a must have. The photographs are beyond spectacular. He has proven himself to be a patient photographer, getting images that can only be captured, because of hours (if not days and weeks) on each subject. The writing proves that the author is an artist, not only with his camera, but also with his pen. It is an informative book, written in a engaging and lively fashion. He writes with the passion that so many of us share, for not only the birds we love, but the natural world, that needs our protection. You don't want to put it down. This book is truly a masterpiece, filled with nuggets of information, and seasoned with humor. After all my years of birding, I discovered, I still have much to learn about these special birds, and their communities.
The CD recording is wonderful, and engaging. Each bird is introduced in a soft spoken manner, and does not disrupt the flow of studying the voices of each bird. The background sounds, makes it seem you can actually close your eyes and go to that forest, tundra, or grassland, and see not only the focal bird, but the other birds in the near distance. Martyn Stewart did an exceptional job.
I cannot wait for more work from these two. I just hope they have another project in mind.
I highly recommend this book!The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters With North America's Most Iconic Birds
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GGerken on November 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fabulous book...Paul Bannick is one of the finest bird photographers of all time and he's at the top of his game in "The Owl and the Woodpecker." The text is fascinating, as well, covering the interesting topic of the interrelationship of owls and woodpeckers in a way that will draw in not just the bird lover, but anyone with a fascination with nature. Plus - the book comes with a CD of owl and woodpecker calls and sounds that is wonderful. I'm waiting for the next book!
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