The Enigma Of The Owl: An Illustrated Natural History by Mike UnwinThe Enigma Of The Owl: An Illustrated Natural History by Mike Unwin

The Enigma Of The Owl: An Illustrated Natural History

byMike Unwin, David TiplingForeword byTony Angell

Hardcover | February 7, 2017

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A rare invitation into the mysterious lives of owls around the world, with spectacularly revealing photographs and fascinating details

Perhaps no other creature has so compelling a gaze as the owl. Its unblinking stare mesmerizes; its nocturnal lifestyle suggests secrets and mystery. This lavishly illustrated book celebrates owls from every corner of the world and offers abundant details on fifty-three of the most striking and interesting species, from the tiny Elf Owl of southwestern American deserts to the formidable Blakiston’s Fish Owl, the largest of all owls.
Mike Unwin has long studied and admired these remarkable birds from cold northern forests to tropical rivers and beyond. He explains how owls evolved into the supreme feathered predators of the night, and he examines their breeding and hunting behaviors, unusual calls, and the cultural myths and superstitions that surround different species. More than two hundred dramatic color photographs in the wild, taken or selected by David Tipling, capture the wondrous beauty of each owl and the drama of life in its own home region. 
Mike Unwin is an award-winning author of numerous books and articles on natural history and travel. The British Guild of Travel Writers named him UK Travel Writer of the Year in 2016. He lives in Brighton, UK. David Tipling is a world-renowned wildlife photographer and author whose many accolades include the designation European Nature...
Title:The Enigma Of The Owl: An Illustrated Natural HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 11.4 × 9.4 × 0.98 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300222734

ISBN - 13:9780300222739


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing photography I learned much about these birds after reading through the book & now understand what those strange sounds are in the middle of the night (involving prey quite possibly).
Date published: 2017-03-09

Editorial Reviews

"Excellent for armchair owling, general reference and the pleasure of looking at photographs of birds that manage uncannily to look like old friends transfigured by feathers—even with mice, frogs or snakes dangling from their beaks. Written with lively, unforced erudition by nature writer Mike Unwin, The Enigma of the Owl is a beautiful book, with 200 extraordinary images of hunting, nesting, flying and perching owls."—Jonathan Rosen, Wall Street Journal