With nearly ten thousand species of birds scattered throughout five continents, bird societies swarm with diversity. People have long been fascinated by birds' ability to fly, yet these magnificent creatures boast a multitude of other remarkable and mysterious faculties. Building on more than 20 years of experience traveling and photographing in locations both familiar and remote, nature photographer Gilles Martin offers a breathtaking collection of images of some of the world's most charismatic birds, from Peru's Toco Toucan, to Australia's blue winged Kookaburra, to the United States' Bald Eagle.
Through Martin's intense photography and the informative text of Myriam Baran Marescot, we learn to admire the emperor penguin's capacity for survival, applaud the artistic talents of Oceanic birds of paradise, and distinguish a tree pipit from a meadow pipit. Structured around 12 major themes that enable readers to better understand the evolution, migratory habits, and survival techniques of birds, as well as their place in the world, this thrilling and informative journey is an essential volume for animal and photography lovers alike. AUTHOR BIO: Gilles Martin is a photographer living in Touraine, France, who has specialized in nature photography. He has traveled extensively in pursuit of his 'Planetary Photographic Noah's Ark' project, a visual census that reveals the beauty and vulnerability of the animal world. Myriam Baran Marescot is an ethologist, naturalist, and specializing in animal behavior.