Bird Brains: Inside the Strange Minds of Our Fine Feathered Friends

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Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wildlife biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. Titlow understands the often wild and wacky lives of birders--those who are always ready and willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice and "twitch off" to some exotic locations just to add another checkmark to their life lists. His engaging stories, ...

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Overview

Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wildlife biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. Titlow understands the often wild and wacky lives of birders--those who are always ready and willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice and "twitch off" to some exotic locations just to add another checkmark to their life lists. His engaging stories, complemented by vivid images, provide a fascinating compendium of wild bird lore perfectly suited to the 65-million-plus birders across the United States. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762787555
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 260,734
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

 Budd Titlow, a professional wildlife biologist and certified wetlands scientist, is an international award-winning nature photographer, writer, and national workshop and field trip leader. He has conducted more than one hundred surveys of wild bird habitats and breeding bird populations throughout the United States. He has authored two other books: Rocky Mountain National Park: Beyond Trail Ridge and Seashells: Jewels from the Ocean. A member of the board of directors for the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Budd lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Visit him at buddtitlow.com.

 

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

    This book contains photos and stories dealing with a hundred bir

    This book contains photos and stories dealing with a hundred bird species. Most, but not all, are North American birds. Budd Titlow draws on his long history as a lover and observer of birds. He always finds some attribute that sets each species apart from the others. These characteristics can range from the roadrunner having two toes pointing forward and two toes pointing backward to the call of the barred owl that sounds very much like “Who cooks the soup?”

    I imagine that the photography in this book must be gorgeous in color. Unfortunately, the Kindle on which I read this book displays in black and white only. So I’m unable to comment about the quality of the color in the bird photographs. Titlow’s biography states that he is a photographer, and he discusses his adventures in photographing various types of birds. So I was surprised to discover in the photography credits that almost none of the pictures in Bird Brains are Titlow’s. I wondered about the reasons for this decision.

    Titlow’s writing style is engaging and insightful. He gives us the history of how each type of bird has been viewed and in some cases the cultural role that it has played. He reveals the threats to the preservation of certain species and how well they are currently thriving. In his Afterword, Titlow discusses the measures needed for bird conservation in general . They are key principles for maintaining the environment for all species including our own.

    I don’t know enough about birds myself to judge Titlow’s accuracy on this subject, but he quotes a source that apparently described the Puebloan peoples as living in teepees. This has never been the case. Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of a source before choosing to include a quote.

    Despite the error I mentioned in the above paragraph, I did enjoy reading Bird Brains. I feel that I got to know the included bird species a great deal better, and can therefore appreciate them more.

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

         Bird Brains: Inside the Strange Minds of Our Fine Feathered

         Bird Brains: Inside the Strange Minds of Our Fine Feathered Friends, by Budd Titlow, is a book that discusses many different types of birds.  Not only is it packed full of information on each of the species, but it's full of beautiful pictures of each of the birds being discussed. The chapters are all very short and easy reads, and can be read in any order you feel like reading them.  The author also delivers the information in a fun way, as if he is just tell you a story, some of which he personally experienced.




         I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking to learn a little more about birds.  Titlow does a great job at making learning fun, while captivating his readers through the images chosen of each bird.  It is obvious that some time was spent finding just the right picture to portray each birds personality.  Great job to the author.  I would definitely read more by Titlow in the future.  

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