The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs From National Geographic

Readers will delight in seeing iconic species from around the world through the eyes of acclaimed National Geographic wildlife photographers such as Chris Johns, Frans Lanting, Joel Sartore, and Tim Laman and reading excerpted passages from Arthur A. Exquisitely produced and expertly curated, this visual treasury displays as never before the irresistible beauty, grace, and intelligence of our feathered friends.

An elegant collection of the best artwork and photography from the National Geographic archives depicting the magnificence of birds. Bird, forms, displayed, and behaviors of the winged wonders who share our world as they have been explored, nature, and art lovers alike will treasure this sumptuous visual celebration of the colors, and revealed throughout the years by National Geographic.

. The wide diversity of pictures captures beloved songbirds outside the kitchen window, tender moments inside a tern's nest, theatrical courtship dance of birds of paradise, or the vivid flash of a hummingbird's flight. Allen, douglas chadwick, Jane Goodall, Roger Tory Peterson, and other great explorers.

The book moves chronologically so readers witness the tremendous growth in our knowledge of birds over the last 130 years, as well as the new frontiers in technology and observation--from luminous vintage paintings and classic black and white photographs to state-of-the art high-speed and telephoto camera shots that reveal moments rarely seen and sights invisible to the human eye.


Birds of the Photo Ark

For avian enthusiasts, this brilliant book from acclaimed National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore celebrates the beauty of all birds, from armchair observers to dedicated life-listers, great and small. This elegantly packaged celebration of birds from around the world unites incredible animal portraits from Joel Sartore's distinguished National Geographic Photo Ark project with inspiring text by up-and-coming birder Noah Strycker.

It includes hundreds of species, intricate birds of paradise, hummingbirds, and perennial favorites such as parrots, from tiny finches to charismatic eagles; brilliant toucans, and owls also make colorful appearances. Everyone who cares about birds--from the family with a bird feeder outside the kitchen window to the serious birder with a life list of thousands--will flock to this distinctive and uplifting book.


National Geographic Spectacle: Rare and Astonishing Photographs

An exquisite photo collection showcasing awe-inducing moments from around the world, a great wildebeest migration, including the aurora borealis, cities made of neon lights, a contortionist on display--and more. In life, there are certain sights that are as beautiful as they are unforgettable--from a majestic supercell to the secrets of a deep blue ice cave to the world's largest library.

These fascinating spectacles shock us in their diversity, and their epic scale, their complexity, bringing us the miraculous beauty of our planet. Each page will enlighten and inspire, presenting our world at its best. Featuring more than 200 color images, unusual phenomena, including acclaimed photography from the National Geographic Image Collection, this volume presents a dazzling array of natural and manmade wonders, and amusing curiosities.


The Enigma of the Owl: An Illustrated Natural History

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. Yale. Its unblinking stare mesmerizes; its nocturnal lifestyle suggests secrets and mystery. He explains how owls evolved into the supreme feathered predators of the night, unusual calls, and he examines their breeding and hunting behaviors, and the cultural myths and superstitions that surround different species.

Mike unwin has long studied and admired these remarkable birds from cold northern forests to tropical rivers and beyond. 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.

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.

National Geographic Stunning Photographs

Shot by national geographic's most renowned photographers and peppered throughout with inspiring quotations, harmony and intimacy, Stunning Photographs is a vibrant tapestry of images that showcases the medium's ability to reveal extraordinary moments of wit and discovery, energy and joy. Definitive, striking, the remarkable pictures in this book will appeal to all who want to enjoy the smorgasbord of colors, textures, and always unstaged, and sensations that comprise the fabric of everyday life.

. This dazzling photo collection reveals exquisite moments in time held still. National Geographic Society. Capturing the instant in which a firecracker explodes into a burst of electric energy or the last rays of the sun as it stretches across a red-rock valley, certain special photos offer an unrivalled conduit to the world around us.


American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America

You can even discover which species to expect when and where with up-to-date, color-coded maps highlighting habitation and migratory patterns. Written by a team of more than 30 birders and ornithologists with expertise in particular species or families, and produced in association with the American Museum of Natural History, this updated and refreshed edition of American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America is the ultimate photographic guide to every bird species in the United States and Canada.

Dk publishing Dorling Kindersley. Yale. National Geographic Society. Updated to reflect all the latest taxonomic data, American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America is the complete photographic guide to the 657 species of birds found in the United States and Canada. Ideal for the armchair bird enthusiast or dedicated bird watcher, this book includes stunning full-color photographs revealing 657 individual species with unrivaled clarity.

The 550 most commonly seen birds are pictured with plumage variations, finches, flycatchers, and images of subspecies and information on similar birds are provided to make differentiation easy, from game birds and waterfowl to shorebirds and swifts to owls, and more.

Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants

Dk publishing Dorling Kindersley. Yale. Discover the extraordinary diversity of the plant world--and how plants work--with this photographic celebration of the trees, flowers, and foliage plants that share our planet. From tiny mosses and delicate ferns to vibrant blooms and stately palms, Flora invites you to explore the plant kingdom from the ground up, and from root to leaf tip.

National Geographic Society. Filled with fascinating stories of how plant roots and leaves communicate with their neighbors and how flowers use color and scent to interact with--and manipulate--the creatures around them, Flora is a fresh and engaging introduction to the mysterious inner workings of the plant world.

Dk's elegant introduction to botany is packed with sumptuous photos and crystal-clear illustrations that explain the mechanics of photosynthesis, why leaves change color, how cacti store water, and how seeds know when to grow.

The Wall of Birds: One Planet, 243 Families, 375 Million Years

Throughout, beautifully crafted narratives and intimate artistic reflections tell of the evolutionary forces that created birds' dazzling variety of forms and colors, and reveal powerful lessons about birds that are surprisingly relevant to contemporary human challenges. From the tiny five-inch marvelous spatuletail hummingbird to the monstrous thirty-foot Yutyrannus, essential for bird enthusiasts, The Wall of Birds is a visual feast, naturalists, and art lovers alike.

With a foreword by John W. National Geographic Society. Fitzpatrick, and full of lush photographs of gorgeous life-size birds painted in exacting detail, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, The Wall of Birds lets readers explore these amazing creatures family by family and continent by continent.

A celebration of the diversity and evolution of birds, as depicted in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's magnificent 2, 500-square-foot Wall of Birds mural by artist Jane Kim. Part homage, part artistic and sociological journey, The Wall of Birds tells the story of birds' remarkable 375-million-year evolution.

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Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls

Owl a year in the Life of North American Owls. The four featured owl habitats―forest, grassland and steppe, boreal, and Arctic―each reveal wildly rich stories of their own. Readers follow along at the nest as each stage in an owl’s life is chronicled: courtship, finally, mating, and nesting in spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; dispersal and gaining independence in fall; and, winter’s migrations and competitions for food.

Yale. Special features• details owls’ behavior throughout their four distinct life stages• 200 new images, many of which feature rarely photographed behavior and most have never been published before• A field guide that helps identify owls and compare each species. Perfect holiday book for all bird-watchers, wildlife lovers and for those who appreciate stunning photography.

Paul’s startling images reflect behaviors shared by all owls, as well as some surprising exceptions and adaptations. National Geographic Society. Take a peek inside!in owl, award-winning photographer Paul Bannick uses his intimate yet dramatic images to follow North American owls through the course of one year and in their distinct habitats.

Dk publishing Dorling Kindersley. Owl is a stunning follow-up to paul’s bestselling title, giving bird lovers yet another gorgeous photographic tribute, engaging natural history, The Owl and the Woodpecker, and a compelling call to preserve the habitats that sustain these most iconic of birds.

National Geographic The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World's Most Vulnerable Animals

Owl a year in the Life of North American Owls. The animals featured in these pages are either destined for extinction or already extinct in the wild but still alive today, thanks to dedication of a heroic group committed to their continued survival. From the majestic sumatran rhinoceros to the tiny Salt Creek tiger beetle, Sartore's photographs bring us eye to eye with the kaleidoscopic diversity of shapes, colors, personalities, and attitudes of the animal world.

In these vivid pages, sartore singles out the species most likely to disappear in the next decades, as well as some that have already been lost. Dk publishing Dorling Kindersley. With sartore's distinctive portrait photography, he invites us to look closer--and to care more. National Geographic Society. Alongside these indelible images are the words of scientists and conservationists who are working to protect and restore populations of endangered species.

Celebrated national geographic photojournalist Joel Sartore continues his Photo Ark quest, photographing species around the world that are escaping extinction thanks to human efforts. Joel sartore's quest to photograph all the animal species under human care celebrates its 15th year with this glorious and heartwrenching collection of photographs.


Animal Kingdom: A Collection of Portraits

Dk publishing Dorling Kindersley. Yale. Bird and animal lovers will be drawn to the powerful and emotionally engaging images that seem to reveal the individual character of the other animals that share the Earth with us. The featured animals cover a wide range, to arabian horses, from birds such as the African crane, cockatoos, to big cats such as tigers, bulls, and leopards, and Longhorn sheep, cheetahs, and roosters, flamingos, among many others.

Owl a year in the Life of North American Owls. A young male lion cub seems to sport a rebellious mohawk; a chimpanzee adopts a pensive pose; a curious duckling cocks his head at the camera lens and flaps his wings. These arresting studio portraits capture the beauty, power, and even humor of 150 furry and feathered species - a delight for any animal or bird lover.

Acclaimed photographer Randal Ford celebrates our fascination with and love of animals through his engaging portraits of the animal kingdom. Elegantly designed and packaged, this book will be the perfect gift and addition to the home of any lover of animals or fine photography. National Geographic Society.