In 1989, after Canadian science writer and photographer Lynch (Owls of the United States and Canada) saw his first penguin on Phillip Island in southern Australia, he spent the next 18 years in search of all 17 penguin species, traveling over 300,000 miles to Antarctica, the Galápagos, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and remote island clusters in the Southern Ocean. The result is this beautifully illustrated and delightfully written look at Lynch's discoveries about these "flightless seabirds" in the field and in scientific journals, during day-to-day as well as birth-to-death observations, and from the smallest to the largest type. While Lynch presents detailed descriptions of everything from mating rituals to eating habits, the best parts of his book are the photographs. Lynch's gorgeous and gorgeously printed images-such as that of the head of a young penguin chick disappearing inside the throat of a parent as it reaches for a meal-display such a refined visual sensibility that even without accompanying text, the images would still achieve Lynch's goal of presenting "the scientific and aesthetic appeal of this unique family of birds." (Oct.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Penguins of the Worldby Wayne Lynch
Over the course of eighteen years, science writer and photographer Wayne Lynch has traveled thousands of miles throughout the southern hemisphere to study the lives and loves of the penguin, perhaps nature's most irresistible bird. In entertaining, informative prose Wayne explores just how these flightless seabirds are able to survive. Find out how penguins choose their partners. Learn how they incubate their eggs, enduring weeks of bitter storms without nourishment. Follow the downy, potbellied chicks as they take their first waddling steps. Penguins of the World is a truly memorable family portrait and a must-have reference for all nature-lovers.
- Firefly Books, Limited
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- Second revised and updated edition
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- 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Meet the Author
Wayne Lynch, MD, is a science writer and wildlife photographer. He is the author of award-winning books and television documentaries, a popular guest lecturer, and a Fellow of the Explorer's Club and the Arctic Institute of North America.
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