Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Owl and the Woodpecker

The Owl and the Woodpecker, by award winning photographer, Paul Bannick provides a ravishing look at all 41 species of owls and woodpeckers found in North America.
I'm prone to gushing, Oprah style, but BirdCouple loves, Loves, LOVES this book.
Along with being an accomplished photographer, Bannick is an experienced naturalist, a regular contributor to and the Director of Development for Conservation Northwest.
Bannick is also an extremely patient guy.
His photography is absolutely stunning.
Burrowing Owls peeking out from their burrow.
A Gilded Flicker stepping off in flight from a cactus blossom.
A Snowy Owl targeting prey on the tundra.
A Pileated Woodpecker chick waiting for the arrival of a parent with food.
A Great Horned Owl in mid-vocalization.
You can tell none of these shots came easy.
They took hours of waiting for the right moment.
And, as Bannick waited for the moment, he learned intimate details about his sources' movements, behavior and habitat. Great stuff he shares by linking the interdependent habitats of these two groups of birds.
Did you know that that Yellow-shafted Flicker provides nest sites for dozens of species including Eastern Bluebirds, American Kestrels and Eastern Screech-Owls?
Did you know that the Great Gray Owl uses the abandoned nest of hawks and other raptors?
Did you know that many Woodpeckers are important pollinators?
As an added bonus, the book includes a concise profile on each of the North American Owl and Woodpecker Species and a CD with the calls and drumming (which I am enjoying as I post this).
BirdCouple's copy of this large coffee table book has been awarded the place of honor on our... well... on our coffee table.

And since this beautiful book has taken residence we have noticed that even non-birder guests to the LoveNest can't help taking a peek...
Bannick hopes his book will inspire appreciation for the diversity of North America's owls and woodpeckers and also for the role they play on other plants and animals that share their habitat.
It is a beautiful piece of work and the photography is enough to intrigue even the slightly curious to turn a few pages and learn a little more birds.
And, a great Holiday gift!


Albert said...

Ever tried the "Birding for Dummies"? Actually not a bad book, but I always get a kick out of the title of these books.

Unknown said...

Hello Warren and Lisa,

Thanks for the complimentary review of my book. It is nice to know that it is appreciated.


Paul Bannick
author of The Owl and The Woodpecker: Encounters With North America's Most Iconic Birds

Dawn Fine said...

What a cover..I want to open that book.