Around the World in 80 Birds
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Desgraciadamente, no somos conscientes de su importancia, y del enorme valor vital que tienen, y ni mucho menos de los peligros a los que están sometidos, y la amenaza que suponemos nosotros para ellos. The editors have done a good job adding non-metric equivalents for length and weight to the descriptions in the original. I’ve been really lucky in marriage many ways and one is that I’ve inherited a set of “grandparents in law” who’ve shared so much love and wisdom. I don't dub myself a bird enthusiast but after reading this I've gained a greater appreciation for the diversity and the lore behind each bird.
It felt weird whipsawing back and forth across, for example, the Indian Ocean between entries instead of gradually leading from one region the next, but that's honestly a very minor critique. Di solito sugli uccelli preferisco le guide da campo (mi piace dare un nome alle cose), e quindi credevo che non mi avrebbe interessato così tanto un libro contenente descrizioni di una pagina o due su specie di tutto il mondo… e invece mi è piaciuto moolto di più del previsto! Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit. The book follows the formula of the previous two ‘Around the World in 80…’ books and explores a small selection of birds from around the world in the context of their importance, interaction with humans, rarity, or some other factor chosen by the author. From the Sociable Weaver Bird to the Bar-headed Goose of China, Unwin takes a global survey of some of the most important, intriguing and influential birds on the planet in this exquisite volume boasting gorgeous artwork from Ryuto Miyake.This beautiful and inspiring book tells the stories of 80 birds around the world: from the Sociable Weaver Bird in Namibia which constructs huge, multi-nest 'apartment blocks' in the desert, to the Bar-headed Goose of China, one of the highest-flying migrants which crosses the Himalayas twice a year. Fabulous illustrations by Ryuto Miyake made this a book that anyone enjoy just for the 'pretty pictures'. Little synchronicity with Herman Hesse book above -- the poem / song Beim Shlafeneghen by Herman Hesse was sung by Donna’s niece at her funeral. La verdad que cuando te adentras el él, te das cuenta de que es mucho más sofisticado y fascinante de lo que pueda parecer. I'm very taken with Australia's southern cassowary, a 'living dinosaur', weighing 154lb and not to be trifled with.
About most birds I've never heard about but it fascinated me pretty much that I ended up reading 'Wikipedia articles' about many of them. I tend to read a lot of fiction but there is an endless amount of material that will seem stranger than fiction if only we expand our horizons and open our minds to factual information. Or did you know that with at least 11000 species they are the most diverse vertebrate class on the planet?Charting the world by discussing eighty of the most distinctive birds found regionally -- or, in some cases, in extremely small, protected areas -- Mike Unwin discusses the scientific backgrounds, colorful histories and current realities of these remarkable avian creatures. Weliswaar door een andere schrijver en een nieuwe tekenaar maar even indrukwekkend als zijn voorgangers. The art in this book - by Arturo Miyake - is something else and, to me, one of the biggest highlights.
I honestly only knocked off a star because the movement from region to region wasn't as smooth as I would expect with some geographic jumping around that could have been avoided. Mención especial a la belleza de ilustraciones de Ryuto Miyake, que me han tenido embelesada toda la lectura. I do wonder how the author narrowed down his choices - some are VERY unique so you can understand why, while others sometimes are a little head scratching.
Genuinely unsure how I've become some sort of go-to reviewer for books about birds, but I 100% love it, especially when it brings gorgeous, informative books like these into my inbox! Birds are shown in their plumage, nesting and on the hunt and at play, and occasionally in their most common interactions with human beings. Some are related to mythology, as the little owl is an emblem of Athena, patron goddess of Athens, Greece. That little nitpick aside, it’s a fantastic book and definitely worth checking out for any other bird lovers!
Some so brilliantly colorful and - I expect - quite detailed as many of the examples I have only seen in photos. I also really enjoy the fact that this series focuses not just on birds, but on birds that are important to human populations in a variety of ways, as the human-bird interactions are always interesting. The only thing that would make me enjoy this even more, is if it was a nature television series with Attenborough narrating. Van de meeste van de vogelsoorten heb ik nog nooit gehoord: rode rotshaan, vlaggendrongo, dwergmierpitta,… Andere ken ik wel maar in een lokale versie: Indische gans, groene gaai, grote renkoekoek,… Ik leer zo veel bij.Unwin en Miyake leverden een interessant, mooi overzichtswerk van de meest fantastische vogels van de wereld. El mundo de las aves es un mundo sorprendente, y con los años, conforme ha ido aumentando mi contacto con la naturaleza y los animales, y mi búsqueda constante de la belleza, ha ido también creciendo mi admiración e interés por ellas. The white 'eyebrows' of a Great Grey Owl that actually sit on each side of his beak like migrating hairy caterpillars. I think at least 50% of these short bird essays ended by mentioning that the birds are at risk of extinction due to habitat or food loss, global warming, or harmful human intervention. The writing is clear and you get to learn about the habits, lifestyles, habitats, and physical and mental traits of the birds.