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Birds in Pictures

Art / Photobook Out of Print
By: Markus Varesvuo(Illustrator)
384 pages, colour photos
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  • Birds in Pictures ISBN: 9781925546262 Paperback mini gift edition (165 × 170 mm) Apr 2018 Out of Print #241533
  • Birds in Pictures ISBN: 9781921517952 Hardback Jun 2017 Out of Print #234647
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About this book

Please note that the hardback is out of print. The publisher is reissuing the book as a mini gift edition, measuring 165 × 170 mm (vs. 300 × 300 mm for the original hardback).

Markus Varesvuo's first title Birds: Magic Moments, published in 2011, took the world of bird books by storm selling tens of thousands of copies and coeditions in half a dozen countries all around Europe. The author's status as one of the world's best bird photographers was already established and the collection of images was breathtaking. Since then Markus's career has gone from strength to strength. Here, for Birds in Pictures, he has gathered a new and even better collection of stunning bird images from around the world with highlights including Snowy Owls, Puffins, Dippers, and Capercaillies. The format of Birds in Pictures is slightly larger to show off the photography in all its glory. The text is brief with short descriptions of the subjects and photography tips.


Part 1: Mechanisms of animal behaviour
- Understanding animal behaviour
- Reflex behaviours
- Linking responses and the coordination of more complex behaviours
- Receiving stimuli and analysing the incoming information
- Motivation and its capacity to modify simple response patterns
- Learning and its effects in modifying behaviour
- 'Unpredictable' behaviours: redirected behaviour and displacement activities
- Behaviour genetics and the evolution of behaviour

Part 2: The adaptation of behaviour
- Adaptiveness of behaviour; optimising the returns
- Living in groups and the advantages of sociality
- Reproductive behaviour and reproductive strategies
- Courtship displays and mate choice
- Cooperative breeding and arguments about altruism
- Territoriality and aggression
- Animal navigation
- 'If we could talk to the animals…’

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  • As good as it gets!
    By Keith 19 Jul 2019 Written for Paperback
    When I browse through bird photographs in magazines there are several photographers whose work consistently makes me somewhat envious – and one of these is Markus Varesvuo. After 20 years in the business world, Markus decided to become a full-time professional bird photographer in 2005. Since then he has developed a style that is really distinctive. His images are super-sharp and often at very close range, frequently back-lit, and always stunning. His work is primarily of birds in the Western Palearctic. This is his third major book and almost all of the images were taken in the last three years.

    In this hefty (2.6 kg) and lavish tome, there are images of almost 100 species. The work is split into several major sections. Firstly, spanning 200 pages there are stunning sets of images of 20 species including five owls and five grouse. These explore the various aspects of each species’ life including images of chicks, young birds, adults, in flight, at rest, displaying, mating and nesting. Markus has a habit of challenging our traditional approach to photography. For example, how many people would think to photograph a flying Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus against a pure white background? The result is mesmerising and is my favourite image from the book.

    In particular, I like the way that he often chooses to take a low angle to birds in water, and that is shown clearly with his images of ducks such as King Eider Somateria spectabilis, Steller’s Eider Polysticta stelleri and Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis. One of the significant changes in bird photography in recent years has been the creation of specific hides for capturing images of birds close up. Clearly, many of the images in this book were obtained using hides, and for me, this does not detract from their appeal.

    The remaining sections cover 20-30 pages each and feature collections of birds from Norway, Shetland, Hokkaido, Hungary and Finland. These include not only many of the iconic species that these locations are famous for but also a good selection of commoner birds – including Blackbird Turdus merula and Robin Erithacus rubecula. A brief text accompanies the images which always cover the majority of a page and often a double-spread. For the keen photographers there is an index of the images with full technical details.

    Today’s best bird photographers continue to raise the bar with their work, and if you want to see how high that bar has risen this book will show you.
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Markus Varesvuo is a Finnish wildlife photographer who specialises in images of birds. He turned his lifelong hobby of birdwatching and bird photography into a career as a professional wildlife photographer in 2005. Since then he has been awarded several wildlife and nature prizes such as the 2011 GDT European Wildlife Photographer Award in the category 'Birds'. Markus has published several books including Birds: Magic Moments which was his first international bestseller in 2011.

Art / Photobook Out of Print
By: Markus Varesvuo(Illustrator)
384 pages, colour photos
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"When I browse through bird photographs in magazines, there are several photographers whose work consistently makes me somewhat envious – and one of these is Markus Varesvuo [...] Today's best bird photographers continue to raise the bar with their work, and if you want to see how high that bar is now placed, this book will show you."
– Keith Betton, British Birds, Volume 110, November 2017

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