Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Book Review: Bird-Watcher's Bible

National Geographic Bird-watcher's Bible: A Complete Treasury is packed full of information. By covering everything from avian anatomy to how to become a birder, there is little information that you cannot find in this book.

Over the past several days, I have read parts of all the sections of the book, and it is really quite amazing how much information is included in each area. In addition to the written content, the photography and illustrations are phenomenal. Every page has interesting and informative artwork that really helps drive home the points made in the text.

One of my favorite parts of the book is the "Bird Brain" trivia boxes with all kinds of fun facts!  Here's an example from page 176:

"Like stealth bombers, owls are equipped with deadly tools.  The edges of their wing feathers have soft fringes for silent flight, their night-vision eyes are large and forward-facing, their radar-dish heads can swivel through 270 degrees, and their large ear openings are set asymmetrically to give them three-dimensional hearing."

While all the authors that contributed to this book are talented, I most preferred the sections written by Scott Weidensaul. His introduction and chapter on Flight and Migration are fantastic.

This book is a great addition to any birders collection and would make a very nice Christmas present!

National Geographic Bird-watcher's Bible: A Complete Treasury
Publisher:  National Geographic
Published Date:  October 2, 2012
Editor:  Jonathan Alderfer

We received a copy of this book from the publisher to review on NuttyBirder.com. The links are to our Amazon Affiliate account.

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