Synopses & Reviews
Nothing in nature is more dramatic than the exertion of a hunter in pursuit and the maneuvers of its intended prey. This breathtaking volume, spectacularly illustrated with over 250 of the most gripping and colorful nature images ever taken, reveals the dynamic relationship between predator and prey. Alastair Fothergill, Huw Cordey, and their unmatched photography team have explored the world, filming killer whales, harpy eagles, Darwinandrsquo;s bark spiders in Madagascar,and#160;Arctic wolves, polar bears, octopuses, and dozens of other speciesandmdash;all engaged in potentially lethal contests between hungry pursuer and desperate quarry. and#160;
The Hunt, developed and written during the filming of the television series of the same title, dispels the myth of predator as ruthless killer. The wealth of new information uncovered during the creation of the project shows that predators are the hardest working animals in nature, failing more often than succeeding in their attempts to capture dinner. This book focuses on the amazing diversity of predator strategies and the equally various escape techniques of their prey. Combining magnificent photographs with fascinating storytelling, the authors uncover the life-and-death moments when the skills of hunter and hunted are stretched to the extreme and the outcome is never certain.
ted are stretched to the extreme and the outcome is never certain.
"In this gorgeous coffee-table book, an offshoot of the Discovery Channel/ BBC series of the same name, zoologist and BBC producer Fothergill takes readers on a kaleidoscopic tour of the flora, fauna and natural history of the Earth's poles, forests, plains, deserts, mountains and oceans. The series of jaw-dropping photographs starts with a view of Earth from the moon (and pointing out the obvious but shocking fact that no one has been able to see it live since the 1972 Apollo 17 mission). Other images reveal the astonishing variety of geology and life around the globe, including an emperor penguin eyeing an enormous jade-green iceberg; a grove of ancient monkey puzzle trees on the slopes of the Andes; a wild (and endangered) two-humped Bactrian camel strolling with her calf across the Gobi Desert; a long-furred, red-eyed gelada (a kind of primate) perched on a cliff in the Ethiopian highlands; a cave explorer parachuting into Mexico's 1,100-foot-deep Cave of Swallows; a blimplike nerpa (the only known fresh-water seal) swimming through Siberia's Lake Baikal; and the lacy undulations of the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta captured by satellite. The book's only drawback is its large size and heavy weight, which makes for cumbersome reading." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
andldquo;The duels between hunters and hunted are as dramatic as any event in the natural world.andrdquo;andmdash;from the Foreword by David Attenborough
andldquo;This work is a marriage of brilliant photography and informative prose about all aspects of the fascinating relationship between predators and their prey.andrdquo;andmdash;John M. Marzluff, author of Welcome to Subirdia and co-author of In the Company of Crows and Ravens
A visual odyssey that will change the way we see our planet, this remarkable book, companion to the acclaimed Discovery Channel/ BBC series, is an enduring and awe-inspiring record of one of the most ambitious natural history projects ever undertaken. Using the latest aerial surveillance, state-of-the-art cameras, and high definition technology, the creators of Planet Earth
have assembled more than 400 stunning photographs of wondrous natural landscapes from around the globe, including incredible footage of the rarely spotted, almost mythical creatures that live in these habitats. Many of the images reveal inaccessible places that few have seen and record animal behavior that has never been filmed or photographed before. With the help of this highly advanced technology and the world's premier wildlife photographers, the book takes us on a spectacular journey from the world's greatest rivers and impressive gorges, to its mightiest mountains, hidden caves and caverns, and vast deserts. Planet Earth
captures breathtaking sequences of predators and their prey, lush vistas of forests viewed from the tops of towering trees, the oceans and their mysterious creatures viewed from beneath the surface, and much moreand#151;in a magnificent adventure that brings unknown wonders of the natural world into our living rooms.
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is more astonishing and compelling than anything that can be brought from a computer as special effects. . . . An example of how marvelous program-making can be.and#8221;and#151;A. A. Gill, Sunday Times
and#147;It has some of the most stunning photography ever seen.and#8221;and#151;Hermione Eyre, Independent on Sunday
and#147;These programs should be compulsory viewing for every school child, before they start to believe that it does not matter what happens to other species on this planet.and#8221;and#151;Philip Coggan, Financial Times
From space, Earth is a magnificent sight, splashed with vivid colors, patterns, textures, and abstract forms. Views from above can also provide telling information about the health of our planet. To help us understand the more than 150 breathtaking satellite photographs in Earth from Space
, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, an aerial photographer and devoted environmental activist, discusses the impact of deforestation, urban sprawl, intensive farming, ocean pollution, and more. Using high-resolution imagery, we can monitor the evolution of vegetation around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site, snow loss on Mount Kilimanjaro, and the health of migratory bird populations. Earth from Space
and#8217;s compelling selection of satellite images raises important questions about our future, while also showcasing the planetand#8217;s beautyand#8212;leaving no doubt that it is something crucial to protect.
An unprecedented, close-up view of predators and their prey in life-or-death conflict, from the grasslands of East Africa to the icy Arctic
About the Author
and#160;is an award-winning producer of nature documentaries and co-owner of Silverback Films, the production company that created the BBC1 seriesand#160;The Hunt
and#160;and Disneynatureandrsquo;s filmsand#160;Bears
. He is a former head of the BBC Natural History Unit and is the author of three books, includingand#160;Planet Earth: As Youandrsquo;ve Never Seen It Before
.and#160;He lives in Bristol, UK.
Huw Cordeyand#160;was the series producer ofand#160;The Hunt. He has been making wildlife documentaries for twenty years, producing landmark series such asand#160;Land of the Tiger, Sir David Attenboroughandrsquo;s Life of Mammals, Planet Earth, Big Cat Diary, South Pacific,and#160;and Discovery Channelandrsquo;s six-part natural history seriesand#160;North America. Heand#160;is a contributing author ofand#160;Planet Earth: As Youandrsquo;ve Never Seen It Before.and#160;He lives in Bristol, UK.