Owls of the World: A Photographic Guide

Owls of the World: A Photographic Guide

by Heimo Mikkola
     
 

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A complete guide to identifying and photographing the world's owls.

Photographers spend hours waiting to capture them and birders seek them out with determination, but owls have been tough to identify--until now.

Owls of the World is the ultimate photographic resource dedicated to the identification of these charismatic birds of prey

Overview

A complete guide to identifying and photographing the world's owls.

Photographers spend hours waiting to capture them and birders seek them out with determination, but owls have been tough to identify--until now.

Owls of the World is the ultimate photographic resource dedicated to the identification of these charismatic birds of prey. Dozens of the world's finest photographers have contributed 800 spectacular photographs covering all of the world's 251 species of owls.

The photos are accompanied by detailed text describing:

  • Identification notes
  • Habitat
  • Population status
  • Voice
  • Food
  • Distribution
  • Accurate range maps
  • Similar species.

Owls are shown as adults and juveniles, and at times from another perspective to display markings that assist in identification. Photographs of similar-looking species are included where identification is particularly difficult.

For photographers, birders, naturalists, researchers and any fan of these birds, Owls of the World is the definitive work on species identification. It is also a comprehensive encyclopedia for reference and leisure reading. No bookshelf should be without it.

Editorial Reviews

Shelf Life
Since most of us cannot get close enough to gaze into their eyes, Owls of the World: A Photographic Guide does that for us. One page after another shows owls close-up and personal, as if you are there with them. This is one of the most memorable bird books out there, covering almost 250 species of owls in the world. It is for adults and children who appreciate the wonders of nature. There are over 750 photos in the book, allowing you to lose yourself for hours, just staring at the owls. Author Heimo Mikkola is said to be the world's foremost authority on owls, and it definitely shows here.... This is one book you should truly give a hoot about!
Science Books and Film - John McCarty
Descriptions include detailed range maps, tips for identification and related species, and a brief overview of the ecology of each species. The highlights of Owls of the World are the stunning photographs used to illustrate each species as well as the introductory section. The book will be a valued addition as a reference for bird enthusiasts and libraries.
About.com - Melissa Mayntz
A masterfully comprehensive reference... No birder with an interest in owls should be without this volume in their birding library.
Christmas 2012 Gift Book List Globe and Mail
A must-have for serious birders... but it will repay the attention of anyone who wonders what makes owls tick.
GrrlScientist, The Guardian - Ian Paulsen
Birders will find the collection of photographs, especially of the rare species, very useful!
London Free Press - Paul Nicholson
Stunning in detail and scope... an excellent resource.
North Shore News - Debbie Caldwell
The incredible variety of owls is beautifully portrayed in this fascinating collection.
Winnipeg Free Press - Harriet Zaidman
Expect to be riveted ... the pictures and maps make this a book that will be admired over and over.
Library Journal
★ 09/01/2013
Who doesn't like owls? Offering not only photographs, this fine book has excellent, detailed text and range maps, plus 750 high-quality color photographs of the world's 249 species of owl.
Booklist - Linda Scarth
[Review of previous edition] [An] important book. Recommended for most libraries — good value and quality for the price.
Clark County Columbian - Jan Johnston
[Review of previous edition] One of the most comprehensive and beautifully photographed guides about owls I have ever seen.... Heimo Mikkola has obviously done extensive research to put together such a complete reference work of birds belonging to the order Strigiformes.... Don't be put off by its size. I believe this book can be of interest to both hardcore owl enthusiasts and to those who just want to look at beautiful pictures. More than enough information is included to satisfy a person's deep curiosity. And it works equally well for the person who wants to randomly dip into its pages, enjoying a more serendipitous journey through the world of snowy, screech, spotted, pygmy and horned owls. So, two hoots up for this excellent book!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770851368
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
08/05/2012
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Heimo Mikkola is the world's best-known owl expert. Originally from Finland, Mikkola has traveled to 128 countries in the course of his 40-year research career in search of nocturnal birds. His previous books include Owls of Europe.

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