175 pages, Col photos, maps
With the worldwide success of the movie March of the Penguins, these fascinating flightless birds have become a symbol of the fragile nature of our ecosystem. Faced with global warming, invasive tourism, pollution and loss of habitat, penguins need our help more than ever to survive.
Over the last 18 years, Wayne Lynch has travelled thousands of miles to Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and a dozen remote island clusters in the tempestuous Southern Ocean to study and photograph the 17 species of penguins in their natural habitats. In this book, he documents the extraordinary life cycle of these tough, resourceful and beautiful birds in some of the harshest environments imaginable.
Lynch's prose is engaging and easy-to-read, and his beautiful photographs capture the birds in a wide variety of activities and behaviours.
" [...] There are many penguin books available, so which one should you choose? If you're mainly seeking spectacular photographs, check out Penguins, by Brutus Ostling and Susanne Akesson. It has more, and possibly better, photographs. However, the text is limited and the photos are of mostly the same species that Lynch has. On the other hand, if you'd like to learn about this unique family of birds (and still get some very nice pics), then look no further than this volume."
- Grant McCreary (27-12-2007), read the full review at The Birder's Library
"A delightful look at the extraordinary life of these tough, resourceful and beautiful birds in some of the harshest environments imaginable. Striking photographs and engaging narrative."
- Publishing News (11 May 2007)
"A stunning visual portrait of these beautiful birds and their harsh environment."
- Publishing News (April 2007)
"A detailed and enlightening window into the snow-white worlds of 17 species of penguin The themes addressed reveal both the emotional and the adorable"
- Daily Express (August 2007)
"An accessible, moving account of a species that thrives in adversity."
- Good Book Guide (October 2007)
"This is a book for those who are after more than just cute pictures"
- Outdoor Photography (Oct 2007)
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Wayne Lynch is a science writer and wildlife photographer. He is theauthor of award #45;winning books and television documentaries, a popularguest lecturer, and a Fellow of the internationally recognisedExplorer #39;s Club and the Arctic Institute of North America.