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Penguins of the World

by Wayne Lynch
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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.)

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ARCTIC - David Ainley
Very nicely illustrated with numerous photos by the author .... Anyone planning a trip to the Southern Ocean, especially to experience its natural world, shousld read this book from cover to cover.
www.Ralph.mag (Review of Arts, Literature, Philoso - C. A. Amantea
[Lynch] seems to know everything there is to know about penguins.
The Guardian - Mark Cocker
A classic coffee-table book ... Penguins of the World is both well researched and visually attractive, while the charm and downright strangeness of penguins' lives are brought into focus through the numerous colour photos and firsthand testimony of a top polar expert.
The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) - Jodi DeLong
A delightfully and brilliantly photographed book about these most unique and endearing of birds... this informative book will charm penguin lovers of all ages.
Shutterbug
[Lynch] has transformed his fascination with these adorable creatures into a delightful book filled with 130 of his color images and plenty of scientific facts that reveal that humans penguins have much in common.
Canadian Materials - Gail Hamilton
[starred review] Combining detailed information with personal anecdotes and quotes from other scientists/researchers makes the text very engaging.... The abundant colour photographs are absolutely amazing, vibrant and crystal-clear in focus.... Thoroughly researched, Penguins of the World is a tribute to the resilience and the remarkable ability of penguins to survive in harsh climates.
Canadian Camera
Excellent quality, real life photos ... a great deal of interesting biology.... Two thumbs up.
Canadian Field Naturalist, vol. 12, no. 4, Oct-Dec - Roy John
From sex to family life, from feeding to predators the author weaves a delightful tale of the delightful creatures... The photographs are wonderful... If you have never seen wild penguins and are not likely to do so, then this book is the next best thing. Buy it and enjoy it, for only the smell is missing.
Booklist - Nancy Bent
Enlivened with the author's anecdotes and well illustrated with his clear and intimate photographs, this will undoubtedly be a go-to book for penguin-loving patrons. An easy and fun read.
Canadian Geographic - Bruce Gillespie
Penguins of the World is filled with striking photos depicting the birds, from downy chicks to sleek adults.... Lynch's highly readable text draws on his travel journals as well as historical documents and current research about the seabird that, as he writes, has "become a symbol of all that is special and valuable in nature."
Wildlife Afield, Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife - Chris Siddle
Penguins of the World is a fascinating introduction written in a style which holds the reader's interest. It is an attractive large format softcover sold at a very modest price. Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554072743
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
08/17/2007
Edition description:
Second revised and updated edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
381,503
Product dimensions:
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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