Barn Owl

Barn Owl

by David Chandler, Nigel Blake
     
 

A comprehensive introduction to the elusive barn owl.

Given their largely nocturnal existence, few of us are lucky enough to glimpse a barn owl. But with the advent of minicams in backyard nesting boxes, birdwatchers can enjoy real-time online viewing of barn owls. Not surprisingly, interest in barn owls and wild birds in general is increasing.

Overview

A comprehensive introduction to the elusive barn owl.

Given their largely nocturnal existence, few of us are lucky enough to glimpse a barn owl. But with the advent of minicams in backyard nesting boxes, birdwatchers can enjoy real-time online viewing of barn owls. Not surprisingly, interest in barn owls and wild birds in general is increasing.

Barn Owl reveals these remarkable creatures in detail. Rarely seen images — including stunning photographs of nesting owls and their owlet chicks — accompany the authoritative text, which describes:

  • The survival of barn owls
  • Their biology and behavior
  • Courtship and reproduction
  • Life cycle
  • How and what they hunt
  • Social interaction
  • Conservation.

The ghostly barn owl is further brought to life through personal anecdotes from the author and photographer, which are woven into the text. A list of resources directs readers to additional information on the elusive barn owl.

The barn owl is a powerful predator with a critical role in rodent control, and it is in dire danger from rodent poisons, lack of nesting sites and human encroachment. Barn Owl renders an informative and timely portrait of this endangered bird.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Nancy Bent
Well-written, gorgeously photographed, a very good introduction.
The Guardian - Ian Paulsen
A must-have for anyone interested in the Barn Owl!
Open Letters Monthly - Steve Donoghue
A volume as beautiful (there are interior shots of nesting owl dens that are in themselves worth the price of admission) and informative as this one can only do barn owls good, increasing knowledge and awareness of this beautiful, haunting bird who has flown through the human imagination for ten thousand years. This is a very nicely-turned product from Firefly Books, and one can only hope that it prompts all of its readers to go outside at sunset and see if they can spot the real thing.
Science Books and Films - James T. Anderson
Barn Owl is a fantastic book about the life history and ecology of a fascinating species that many people know little about due to its primarily nocturnal movements. The author weaves an informative and fact-filled lesson... Best of all, unlike many natural history books, once you complete one chapter you want to read the next until you have quickly devoured the entire book. The book is wonderfully illustrated with numerous color photographs that greatly enhance the overall presentation... I highly recommend this book for public, high school, and college libraries and even wildlife biologists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554079032
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,139,703
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

David Chandler is an ornithologist and freelance writer, and he has worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and BirdLife International for nearly 20 years. He is the author of the RSPB Children's Guide to Birdwatching.

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