160 pages, 140 colour photos
Please note: this is a reissue of Penguins: Close Encounters originally published on the natural history list of New Holland.
The vibrant and exciting world of penguins is shown in all its glory in this new book from renowned wildlife photographer David Tipling, who has trekked to remote and beautiful locations to capture birds in their natural habitat going about their daily lives. Moments rarely caught by humans have been preserved on film and reproduced in glorious full-colour images. Penguins: Close Encounters showcases 140 amazing photographs of birds in the wild, and a short description accompanies each image. The book has coverage of all of the worlds 17 penguin species including a comprehensive penguin fact file section at the end and chapters cover all aspects of their lives and behaviour. This book is a celebration of these birds and a photographic study that is sure to captivate any bird lover or wildlife photography enthusiast.
"[...] Overall, I would not recommend this as a penguin text for their status, ecology or behaviour – it is not comprehensive in scope and contains errors. However, it’s a lovely photographic manual and guide, particularly to the penguins of South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. For example, on opposing pages, there are pictures of a beach full of Elephant Seals Mirounga leonina on South Georgia and pressure ridges of ice in the Weddell Sea; beautiful imagery and photographically of technical interest. Similarly, there are some excellent photographs of swimming behaviour that are hard to get."
– Tom Hart, Ibis (158), 2016
"An intimate and revealing study of these charismatic birds"
– BBC Wildlife
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David Tipling has worked as a freelance wildlife photographer since 1992 and one of his specialities is the birds of southern oceans. His work has featured in countless magazines and newspapers and he has been author or commissioned photographer for more than 40 books on birds and wildlife photography. He lives in Holt, Norfolk.