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Eternity of Eagles: The Human History Of The Most Fascinating Bird In The World Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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An Eternity of Eagles is an abundantly illustrated celebration of all things eagle, by a naturalist who has kept eagles himself and ridden with the eagle tribes of Central Asia.
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I've seen a few eagles in my life, usually bald eagles, but they have always been far up in the heavens, floating high above the forests of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or the marshes of Florida. I've never had the luck to actually see one drop out of the sky like a computer-guided drone, talons extended to grasp an unaware rabbit only to soar off to what I always imagine to be an inaccessible ice-covered mountain eyrie. Though I did once have the experience of viewing (from the comfortable surroundings of a Mumbai sixth-floor executive lounge) a half-dozen Indian spotted eagles lazily circling, riding the thermals on the edge of the Arabian Sea.
However, I've never had even a dim awareness of the place of eagles in history, culture, or national identity. "An Eternity of Eagles" changed all that. Profusely illustrated with drawings and photographs, "An Eternity of Eagles" describes the often uneasy relationship between humans and this majestic bird. Mr. Bodio writes in a conversational style, effortlessly taking us through the natural and human history of the eagle, a riveting chapter on falconry among the Kazakhs (they often use motorcycles(!) to pursue prey), and even a discussion of eagles as pests and enemies. One of my favorite illustrations is a holiday card of eagles indiscriminately carrying off various prey titled "Merry Christmas from the Evil Bastard Killer Eagles."
However, evil bastard killer eagles aside, Mr.Read more ›
The book does have a sort of general account of eagle species, not particularly detailed. It does give a sense of how varied eagles are, not just the iconic photo of bald eagles eating salmon in Alaska. One surprise is a vegetarian eagle that eats oil palm fruit. The illustrations are superb. There is a long intro by Annie Proulx, an essay that could stand by itself. There is a epilog by another fine nature writer, Sy Montgomery.
It's an informative book, especially on the unusual topic of Mongolians using Golden eagles to hunt wolves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, it arrived at my house when a few falconry buddies were visiting and while it appeared to be in NEW condition..... Read morePublished 18 days ago by selah
Very educational with beautiful illustrations. Gives an excellent history of this majestic bird. A must read.Published 18 months ago by Bryan N Griffin Jr
Steve always offers off beat books which cover a topic from a slightly different viewpoint. Hunting with eagles is covered and it is fascinating.Published on March 15, 2013 by Harold M. Babin
Bodio does not dissapoint. Good book, great photos, extremely interesting. I have been interested in falconry and eagles for a long time, both feature prominently.Published on February 11, 2013 by Mohawk 502