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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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"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 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!
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.
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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A beautiful book and great study and resource. I bought it for a gift for granddaughter who has a special love
for owls and she was completely enchanted with it.
Photography is fantastic. Nature and bird lovers alike will treasure this beautiful book!Published 14 months ago by Betty Stychno
This book is well written and the pictures are very good if not great. A must read for anyone interested in birds.Published 24 months ago by William R. Patterson
I purchased this book on a whim for my fiance who is working across the country. Though I havent seen this book, he raves about it! He absolutely loves it. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by mamabear
I gave this book and CD to my son for the holidays. The text and photographs are well done and have furthered his interest in owls, woodpeckers and birds in general. Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by Dorrganic
If you love owls and woodpeckers, or just love birds & nature you must own this book! The most beautiful photos I've ever seen in one book! Get it, you'll love it!Published on June 21, 2012 by Patricia T.
I met Paul when he gave The Owl and Woodpecker talk at the Tonasket Community Center. His breath taking action shots on the screen were met with oohs and ahs like we were watching... Read morePublished on March 25, 2012 by Blaine M-G
If you need great photos for your own art work or just want know more about these birds I would highly recomened this book.Published on January 17, 2012 by BigD