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Item: Between the Wingtips: The Secret Life of Birds

Between the Wingtips: The Secret Life of Birds
By Brutus Östling

Why do people have such an affinity for birds? Is it their ability to break free from gravity and soar through the air? Perhaps it is their colorful plumage, which varies from season to season? Or their nesting and brooding habits?

To understand birds, you have to see them in their natural state, and award-winning photographer Brutus Östling is up to the task. Traveling the world over, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, Östling takes us "behind the scenes" to capture these magnificent creatures at various times of the year, in various natural settings. None of what is presented in this book could in any way be thought of as "stock photography," and none of it is digitally manipulated.

Organized by theme, and with elegant text by nature writer Magnus Ullman, 140 common and rare species are seen in their habitats. Whether shown flying or feeding, nesting or displaying their colors, each of them clearly is a distinct individual. The text offers musings on, and descriptions of, the most distinctive features or behaviors. For example, it explains why storks' beaks are slightly curved, and how this attribute helps their foraging.

Winner of the 2006 Pandabook award as Sweden's finest nature book, Between the Wingtips will delight and amaze anyone with an interest in these most amazing creatures.

About the Author:
Brutus Östling is a freelance photographer and publisher. A member of PhotoNatura, he has contributed photo features around the world. His unique sense of composition, light, and the bird's personality make him a unique bird photographer, and he has been awarded "Nature Photographer of the Year" in his native Sweden.

Availability: Please allow 3-7 business days for delivery, via Media Mail
Edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2006
List Price: $34.95
ISBN: 0061136856

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