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On Feathered Wings: Birds in Flight Hardcover – May 1, 2008
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About the Author
Rob Palmer contributes to several magazines.
Miguel Lasa lives in England.
KK Hui photographs the birds of Hong Kong, where he lives.
Top Customer Reviews
The book begins with pictures of raptors: hawks, eagles, owls. It's particularly awesome to see these birds with fish, rabbits, mice or insects in their talons. Next are pictures from the shore, including shorebirds, gulls, terns, puffins and a few waders. These are followed by wetlands pictures including more waders and ducks. The book finishes up with a few pictures of songbirds, mostly swallows. The pictures are from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
These pictures are amazingly sharp, given that their subjects were moving rapidly. All of the pictures are tributes to the skills of the seven photographers. The majority of pictures are of the raptors, probably due to the fact that they are usually larger birds with less angular motion required to keep them large and framed. The number of songbirds is disappointingly small.
I would love to have any of these pictures hanging on my wall. All of the pictures are closely cropped, so that the birds seem ready to burst out of the frame. And that's also the rub in part. A book is a work of art in its own right and as such relies upon both repetition and variation. It needs a rhythm and the one here is repetitious, so that after a dozen or so pictures, the images started to blend together. To make sure of myself I looked at the work of another bird photographer, "...Read more ›
This book would have been worthwhile if only for the unique premise, provided that the photographs are at least mostly technically sound. But the photographs here are, as best I can tell, technically perfect. Moreover, many of them are truly breathtaking.
The author has organized the photographs into the following sections:
- Killers on the wing - raptors (including owls) - 32 species
- Wings along the shore - "shorebirds", which includes the shorebird family as well as any bird that may be found along the shore or ocean, such as terns and puffins - 21 species
- Wings of the wetlands - 26 species
- Songbirds on the wing - 5 species, only three of which are actually passerines (Barn and Tree Swallows, and Eastern Meadowlark)
You will notice that there are more species of raptors included than any other group. Indeed, the raptor section is by far the largest in terms of number of photographs. That is to be expected, since this group is probably the easiest to capture in flight. Some of the raptors are just flying birds against a blue sky. But many of them are truly dramatic. All of the Bald Eagle and Osprey shots are fantastic. But the best could be a close-up of a stooping American Kestrel. It is unforgetable.
My biggest disappointment with the species selection was a lack of songbirds. I can understand the scarcity due to the extreme difficulty of getting good flight shots of them, but still I was hoping for more.Read more ›
I agree with another reviewer that details of the shot (focal length especially) would have been useful.
post-note...I was thinking this would be the first book I ever would put on my coffee table. I was surprised that was the same exact comment when I showed it to a fellow bird photographer. This really is a gorgeous book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful photographs of birds in flight! I especially enjoyed the photos of the snowy owls with their amazing wingspan and their graceful flightPublished 7 months ago by strix
I gave it to an avian photographer friend. She loved itPublished on July 20, 2014 by Joe T. Borthwick
I cannot truly review this as it was a gift for my father. He did not comment on how he liked this book. He is an avid life-long bird-watcher.Published on January 12, 2012 by kak2522
I recently finished reading this book and as a bird photographer myself, thoroughly enjoyed it. The photographs are absolutely incredible and truly an inspiration to other... Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by Dr John L Webster
This is the most inspiring book on bird photography specialising in flight, probably the best contemporary pics of their type. Read morePublished on October 24, 2010 by silva
On Feathered Wings contains the clearest, most amazing photographs of birds I've ever seen. Anyone who loves photographry, birds and photographing birds would be dumbfounded by... Read morePublished on January 21, 2009 by Chris
ON FEATHERED WINDS: BIRDS IN FLIGHT
Got it in plenty of time to read it myself then send it to a friend in Oregon. Great book and in great shape. Thanks
ON FEATHERED WINGS IS THE BEST PICS I'VE EVER SEEN OF BIRDS IN FLIGHT. RICHARD HAS CAPTURED THESE BIRDS IN MID AIR ABOUT TO EAT THEIR PREY. COOL PICS CRISPY CLEAR. Read morePublished on June 14, 2008 by Ken Rappaport