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The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters with North America's Most Iconic Birds with CD (Audio)by Paul Bannick and Martyn Stewart
Synopses & Reviews
Every wild place and urban area in North America hosts an owl or a woodpecker species, while healthy natural places often boast representatives of both. The diversity of these two families of birds, and the ways in which they define and enrich the ecosystems they inhabit, are the subject of this vivid new book by photographer and naturalist Paul Bannick.
The Owl and the Woodpecker showcases a sense of these birds' natural rhythms, as well as the integral spirit of our wild places. Based on thousands of hours in the field photographing these fascinating and wily birds, Bannick evokes all 41 North American species of owls and woodpeckers, across 11 key habitats. And by revealing the impact of two of our most iconic birds, Bannick has created a wholly unique approach to birding and conservation.
Book News Annotation:
Though the text about the owls and woodpeckers is superb, it is the photos that fill this lovely volume that will take a reader's breath away. A specialist in the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, Bannick extended his territory to study and photograph woodpeckers and owls throughout North America. The result is an accessible and fascinating account of both, their importance in the ecosystem, their usefulness to other bird species, (who use their cavities for nesting, or, like the hummingbird, drink the sap from the wells they drill), their crucial role as indicators of the health of the environments in which they live, and the stories of how they mate, nest, and raise their young. The CD contains audio of calls and drumming of 43 species. Oversized: 9.25x10.25". Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Award winning photographer, Paul Bannick specializes in the natural history of North America, with a focus on his beloved Pacific Northwest. Paul has coupled his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer to create images intended to foster intimacy between the viewer and subject in order to inspire education and conservation.
Martyn Stewart has recorded bird and animal sounds for over thirty-five years and is often commissioned by the radio, television, and film industries. He produced the companion CD to Arctic Wings: The Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
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