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Academic & Professional Books  Ornithology  Birds: General

A Bird Photographer's Diary The Stories behind the Pictures

Art / Photobook Out of Print
By: David Tipling(Author)
256 pages, 200 colour & b/w photos
A Bird Photographer's Diary
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  • A Bird Photographer's Diary ISBN: 9781925546125 Hardback Dec 2017 Out of Print #235042
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About this book

A new title from David Tipling, who is renowned as one of the world's very best bird photographers. David has trekked to remote and beautiful locations around the world – from Antarctica to the Arctic and many points in between – to capture birds in their natural habitat going about their daily lives.

In this title, he showcases 200 of his most stunning images. Each picture has an extended caption of around 250 words, giving the stones behind the pictures, with background information on the species and location and – most important for the many budding nature photographers out there – technical details of the images. The book is illustrated with what the author considers to be his very best pictures taken over nearly three decades, laid out chronologically.

This beautifully illustrated book makes a great read for both birdwatchers and photographers alike.

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  • One man's lens
    By Keith 19 Jul 2019 Written for Hardback
    David Tipling’s work will be well-known to most birders and a quick check back through the years shows him being a finalist in the BB Bird Photographer of the Year competition six times between 1991 and 2001, after which he was appointed as one of the judges. Over the years he has developed his work from getting shots of many of Britain’s best and most memorable rare vagrants to undertaking expeditions to photograph Emperor Penguins Aptenodytes forsteri in remote corners of Antarctica. His photographs have been exhibited in New York’s Times Square, the Nikon Gallery in Japan and the Mall Galleries in London.

    This book charts the path that he took from the very first bird photograph in 1978 – a Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus (on black and white film using a Zenith camera with a Vivitar 400 mm lens) to the current day (using three different Nikon cameras and a range of top quality lenses). The images are presented in chronological order with around 100-300 words for each explaining the story behind the photograph. Indeed, some of you may find yourselves included in the shots – maybe watching the incredibly tame Baillon’s Crake Porzana pusilla in Mowbray Park in May 1989, or in the admiring crowd enjoying the White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys at Cley in January 2008.

    The chosen photographs cover so many aspects of David’s portfolio and include a pottery mosaic of a Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus in a toilet block in Carthage, Tunisia and a tray full of Ivory-billed Woodpecker Campephilus principalis skins at the British Museum in Tring. Unlike many photographers, David makes full use of black and white imagery and experiments with slow shutter speeds – such as for a pre-roost gathering of Rooks Corvus frugilegus in Norfolk, with perched birds in focus and a swirling mass of others arriving in flight. Instead of shooting the classic shot of King Penguins Aptenodytes patagonicus at Salisbury Plain in South Georgia that every visitor has taken endless times, he takes the image from the hillside above, showing a completely different aspect on the awesome spectacle. An image of a Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus from Spain is perhaps one that other photographers would have deleted, but this image, which is badly affected by heat haze, has a strange beauty that captures the bird’s cautious approach – stooping and looking wary. There are also several photographs of people who interact with birds – including Tari tribeswomen in Papua New Guinea and a wildfowler with his decoys in Nebraska, USA.

    This is a great book for inspiring anyone to go out and travel with a camera. For me, the shot of the Mongolian eagle hunters on horseback (used for the cover of his book with Mark Cocker – Birds & People, Jonathan Cape, 2013) always conjures up that emotion inside me to go somewhere amazing. Everyone will have a favourite in this book, and that one is mine.
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David Tipling has worked as a freelance wildlife photographer since 1992, capturing stunning images of birds from all around the world. 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, including Seabirds of the World. When not travelling in search of wildlife he lives in the UK In Holt, Norfolk.

Art / Photobook Out of Print
By: David Tipling(Author)
256 pages, 200 colour & b/w photos
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