Beautiful, readable, and affordable. So if you plan to give it as a gift, I suggest you buy a copy for yourself as well.
Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behaviorby Wayne Lynch
There is no group of birds more mysterious and fascinating than owls. The loudmouths of the raptor world, they peep, trill, toot, bark, growl, shriek, whistle, chittle, whoop, chuckle, boom, and buzz. Indeed, very few actually "hoot." They have become the stuff of lore and legendfrom the Roman myth that an owl foot could reveal secrets to the First Nations… See more details below
There is no group of birds more mysterious and fascinating than owls. The loudmouths of the raptor world, they peep, trill, toot, bark, growl, shriek, whistle, chittle, whoop, chuckle, boom, and buzz. Indeed, very few actually "hoot." They have become the stuff of lore and legendfrom the Roman myth that an owl foot could reveal secrets to the First Nations belief that an owl feather could give a newborn better night vision. But the truth about owls is much more exciting.
In this gorgeous book, celebrated natural history writer and wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch reveals the secrets of these elusive species with stunning photographs, personal anecdotes, and accessible science. The photos alone are masterpieces. Unlike most published owl photos, which are portraits of birds in captivity, the vast majority of these were taken in the wilda product of the author-photographer's incredible knowledge and patience.
Lynch complements the photos with a wealth of facts about anatomy, habitat, diet, and family life. For each of the nineteen species that inhabit Canada and the United States, he provides a range map and a brief discussion of its distribution, population size, and status. Lynch debunks myths about owls' "supernatural" powers of sight and hearing, discusses courtship rituals, and offers personal tips for finding owls in the wild.
From the great horned to the tiny elf owl, this amazing volume captures the beauty and mystery of these charismatic birds of prey.
Johns Hopkins University Press
This beautifully illustrated book contains a wealth of fascinating information... Will be much appreciated by birders, naturalists, and anyone with an interest in owls.
I have more than a dozen owl books... but probably none is so attractive and accessibly informative as this one.
Overall this book is a pleasure to read whether you're a diehard owl enthusiast or a casual admirer. You'll find yourself wanting to leave this book somewhere conspicuous, so you can show the images off to friends, family, and unwary passersby.
This is, in short, far and away the best owl book this reviewer has seen designed especially for general audiences. The writing is clear, concise, scientifically accurate, and totally readable.
This work is a labor of love. The author has done an admirable job.
Thoughtfully organized... it is an outstanding reference for this remarkable family of birds.
This is a must have book for anyone interested in owls.
Paul A. Johnsgard
Overall this book is a pleasure to read whether you're a diehard owl enthusiast or a casual admirerer. You'll find yourself wanting to leave this book somewhere conspicuous, so you can show the images off to friends, family, and unwary passersby.
- Johns Hopkins University Press
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- 18 Years
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A complete and passionate labor of love. It is essential reading for those who are fascinated by owlsand those who aren't yet but are now at risk of becoming so.
Lynch is among a select group of North America's very best natural history writers and photographers. In Owls of the United States and Canada he showcases both of these talents and reveals a wealth of knowledge about owl biology. Anyone interested in these fascinating birds will treasure this book for years to come.
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Wonderful book. Well written for novice and experienced bird watchers. Beautiful pictures make you feel as though you are in the wild with these wonderful creatures .
Makes for easy reading with very nice pictures. The author is some kind of professional photographer/science writer, which adds some credibility to the text and makes the book more than a collection of nice photographs.
Great book, well written and wonderful photos informative