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Between the Wingtips: The Secret Life of Birds

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We see birds every day, yet we know surprisingly little about them. In this book, photographer extraordinaire Brutus Ostling presents images of particularly interesting, thought?provoking and amusing aspects of the life of birds. The text and captions provided by bird expert Magnus Ullman complement the stunning photographs.

The feathered "cast of characters" profiled is international in scope??from Sweden and the Antarctic to the deep forests of Canada, the wetlands of the ...

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Overview

We see birds every day, yet we know surprisingly little about them. In this book, photographer extraordinaire Brutus Ostling presents images of particularly interesting, thought–provoking and amusing aspects of the life of birds. The text and captions provided by bird expert Magnus Ullman complement the stunning photographs.

The feathered "cast of characters" profiled is international in scope––from Sweden and the Antarctic to the deep forests of Canada, the wetlands of the United States and Spain, the deserts of Mexico to the savannahs of Tanzania: Ostling capture the grace and beauty of nearly 250 different species.

Full colour throughout, this portfolio of the best of our feathered friends makes for an amazing collection. Sure to be sought (and bought) by bird fanciers worldwide.

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An award winner in Sweden, this gorgeous book takes us on a fascinating journey to habitats around the world, revealing a thrilling diversity of birdlife in spectacular photographs and elegantly written text.
Library Journal
The best nature photography has the power to communicate something beyond sheer information-in this case, the singular beauty of birds. Award-winning Swedish bird photographer Ostling visited six continents to capture exquisite images of 141 species. His book is organized around the themes of flight, plumage, feeding, habitats, breeding, and migration and distribution. One may well wonder about the "secret" of the subtitle: it could refer to some of the amazing features of avian life exposed by the photographer's super-long lenses; it could also relate to the artist's marvelous ability to "slow down" looking, to freeze, for example, a loon in mid-takeoff, a kite in full soar, or a gore-spattered stork in the middle of a carrion meal. Ostling's astonishing technical prowess is evident throughout; readers with an interest in his method will appreciate his brief, closing comments on equipment and like matters. Ornithologist Ullman's minimal text-musings, really-has a subtle lyricism suited to the images. He and Ostling have served up a veritable feast: readers will nibble on the text and drink deeply from the images. A solid addition to all natural history collections, especially those needing a serious pictorial treatment of birds.-Robert Eagan, Windsor P.L., Ont. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061136856
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.72 (w) x 12.48 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Brutus Östling is a freelance photographer and publisher. A member of PhotoNatura, he has contributed photo features around the world. His unique sense of composition, light, and the bird's personality make him a unique bird photographer, and he has been awarded "Nature Photographer of the Year" in his native Sweden. This is Brutus's second book for Collins, following Between the Wingtips (2006).

Magnus Ullman is one of Europe's most distinguished ornithologists. He has contributed to various ornithological journals since the 1980s, and has written two books and coauthored another about rare birds in Sweden. For the past twenty years, he has led bird tours throughout the world. A self-taught ornithologist, he is still an active bird-watcher, especially near his home in the South of Sweden.

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